Zsolt Hamar

Zsolt Hamar started to play the piano at the age of six and later studied composition at the Béla Bartók Conservatoire. He followed university studies at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, where he graduated in 1995. Therer he learned composition with Emil Petrovics and conducting with Ervin Lukács and Tamás Gál. Zsolt Hamar won several Czech and international prizes.

Having conducted most of Hungary’s symphonic orchestras, in 1997 Zsolt HAmar was invited by general music director Zoltán Kocsis to become first permanent conductor of the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 1998 Zsolt Hamar assisted Lorin Maazel for Verdi’s ’Don Carlos’ at Salzburger Festspiele. From 2000 until 2009 he was music director of the Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra at Pécs and permanent guest conductor of the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto. From 2012 to 2016 he worked as General Musical Director of the Hessisches Staatstheater in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Zsolt Hamar is a regular guest at various distinguished concert halls in Europe, Japan and the USA. Since 2001 he has been appearing regularly in the Hungarian State Opera House and is a welcome guest in opera houses outside of his native Hungary. He has recorded works of Liszt with the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, Mahler’s Symphony No. 1. with the Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra.

Zsolt Hamar was honoured by the Cultural Minister with the Franz Liszt Award of the Hungarian republic in 2003, with the Knight’s Cross of the Order of the Hungarian Republic by the President of Hungary in 2006 and received the Merited Artist Prize in 2017.

Zsolt Hamar beim Beethovenfest





8:00 pm

Hungarian music traditions


  • Dezső Ránki piano
  • Edit Klukon piano
  • Szabolcs Joó drums
  • Gergely Biró drums
  • Ungarische Nationalphilharmonie
  • Zsolt Hamar conductor
Works by Franz Liszt, Béla Bartók and Johannes Brahms
World Conference Center Bonn, Saal »New York«