Balazs Taiger

Balazs Taiger

was born in Budapest (Hungary) and he spent his childhood in Algeria. After his family immigrated to Germany, he started his first clarinet lessons at the age of eight. From 1994-1998 he was a young student at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe with Prof. Wolfgang Meyer. In this time he had his first success by winning the famous German National Competition „Jugend Musiziert“ as a soloist. He was supported by scholarships donated by the „Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben“ and the „Jürgen Ponto Stiftung“, founded by the Dresdner Bank. He held his solo debut in Marl by playing with the Philharmonia Hungarica. Festivals like „Mozartfestspiele Schwetzingen“ and „Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern“, a TV-production carried by the NDR, live recordings for the German Radio, completed his activities. After finishing his studies at the Musikhochschule Lübeck with Prof. Sabine Meyer, he became a member of the Karajan-Akademie with the Berliner Philharmoniker, where he received further musical educations by principal clarinet player Wenzel Fuchs and Walter Seifarth. In the Berliner Philharmonie, he was not only liked because of his artistic abilities, but also for his social engagements in educational projects. He collected orchestral experiences with world famous conductors like Sir S. Rattle, B. Haitink and C. Abbado. The Berliner Philharmoniker invited him for several concert tours and CD-productions as a clarinet player in the orchestra. He performed in countries like India, Brazil; in Singapore, as a principal clarinet player of the SSO and during the war in Afghanistan, he played several concerts for a humanitarian help organisation. After 10 years now, he became a specialist in handcrafted clarinet reeds. His passion and experimental joy, led to an increase of precision during the production steps and his intense work in cane research to an individual sound.

all pics by Markus Hildebrandt

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