Ákos Dratsay

Ákos Dratsay flute artist was born in Budapest in 1960. At the age of 10 he began to flute at the State Music School in Hódmezővásárhely (today Péczely Attila Music School). His studies were directed by György Szalay, later János Hegyes flute teachers. After a successful recording he became a student of the flute of the Tömörkény István Grammar School and Art School of Szeged since 1974. Here he developed under Dr. István Sebestyén’s hand until 1978. He was then admitted to the Academy of Music where he was a pupil of Henrik Prőhle until 1983 when he obtained his degree. In 1981, he became a flute teacher at the Kodály School of Kecskemét School of Music at that time. Since September 2016 he has been a teacher at the Vienna Conservatory in Budapest.

His wife, Bea Berényi, together with a flute piece, has a nationally renowned professional workshop, one of the country’s most successful secondary flute classes. During his career, 12 national high school flute students were organized, with 17 students taking part in the first three places. Almost all of his students were able to learn more in musical higher education at domestic or foreign universities and colleges. In December 2007, the Association of Hungarian Artists with Leo Weiner Music pedagogy prize, in October 2016 the Music Academy of the Hungarian Academy of Arts, Music Education Prize, and Kecskemét M.J. City recognized his pedagogical work with Talent Award.

During his artistic career, he gave nearly 1000 concerts as chamber musician and soloist at home and abroad concert halls. Numerous CDs and radio recorders keep playing. Since 2009 he has been a member of the Kecskemét Symphonic Orchestra. He received the Artisjus Award for 4 times for interpretation of contemporary Hungarian music. The Kodály Prize of the City of Kecskemét recognized the role of the town in the musical life of the city.