Szabolcs Koczur


Hometown: Tatabánya, Hungary
Alma maters: Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest; Hannover University of Music, Drama and Media, Germany
Awards/Competitions: 2nd place, 2017 National Trumpet Competition, Denver; 2nd place, 2017 The Orchestra Now Concerto Competition; 3rd place, 2013 & 2009 International Interpretative Wind Instruments Competition, Brno; 3rd prize, 10th National Trumpet and Percussion Competition, Budapest; Special prize, National Trumpet Competitions, Budapest
Appearances: Colorado College Music Festival, 2017; Chosen Vale, The Center of Advanced Musical Studies; guest artist at Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival, South Africa
Twitter: @koczurszabi
Musical origins: I began playing trumpet at the age of 8 because I’d seen a cartoon of the Town Musicians of Bremen and my favorite character played the trumpet.
Favorite obscure piece: Zoltán Kodály’s Dances of Galánta
Favorite composer fact:
Domenico Scarlatti composed his Cat Fugue after his cat, Pulcinella, walked across his keyboard.
The thing most people don’t know about classical music: Listening to classical music is good for your brain: it activates the genes responsible for dopamine secretion and transport, synaptic function, learning, and memory.
Last book read: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
Favorite painting: Salvador Dalí’s The Persistence of Memory
Advice for a young classical musician: Always look for the opportunity to play with others. Visit as many places, concerts, and events as you can.
Time travel destination: The age of Pericles

Headshot by János Sutyák Photography; Outdoor photos by Jito Lee