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Zoltan Hornyanszky was born in Budapest, Hungary. He started his oboe studies at the age of 13 and was a pupil of Tibor Szeszler.
From 1987 to 1992, he studied at the Vienna as a pupil of Prof. Günter Lorenz. He participated in masterclasses with Ray Still and Heinz Holliger in Vienna, with Hansjörg Schellenberger in Siena and Florence, with Gordon Hunt in Gubbio, Italy with Alex Klein and Laszlo Hadady in Paris and with Omar Zoboli in Lisbon. He studied chamber music with members of the Vienna Philharmonic.
He has played under conductors like Vaclav Neumann, Zubin Mehta, Karl Österreicher, and participated at Rudolph Nureyev´s debut, as conductor. He was a member of several Viennese orchestras, including the Pro Arte Orchester, Wiener Residenz Orchester, Johann Strauss Sinfonietta.
In 1992, he obtained his degree and from September of the same year, he has been the first oboist of the Orquestra Clássica da Madeira in Portugal. He has made various television /RTP, NBC, SKY Channel/ and radio recordings, played recitals and solos with orchestras in Austria, Hungary, Portugal, Italy, the Czech Republic, in the United States and participated at international festivals as soloist in Croatia, Spain and China. Among others he has also played the European premiere of "Desconcertante for Oboe and Orchestra" by contemporary Brazilian composer, Lindembergue Cardoso in 1997.
In the same year he was elected for the "Musician of the Year". In May 1998 he was invited to play solo with the National Orchestra of Porto.
Also, since 1992, he has been a teacher at the Conservatory of Music of Madeira. From 1998 to 2000 he studied conducting with Argentine conductor Roberto Perez. In 1999 he obtained his master`s degree with distinction at the University of Music in Vienna.
Since September 2003 he has been principal oboist of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra.
He has regularly played in recitals and has been a founder member of several chamber ensembles: the wind-quintet “Fim de seculo”, the baroque quartet “Il contrasto delle staggioni”, the wind ensemble “Madeiras OCM”, the Zagreb Philharmonics Wind Octet and the duo with Portuguese guitarist, Pedro Abreu.
Zoltan Hornyanszky has played solo with the Zagreb Soloists and the Philharmonia Rijeka and is also often invited to collaborate with the Zagreb Soloists, the Opera of Rijeka and Zagreb, with the Croatian Chamber Orchestra and the Radio-Television Symphonic Orchestra.
Since 2004 he has been a member of the Croatian Baroque Ensemble (HRBA) where he plays a “Bradbury” oboe made by Swiss master, Christian Schlegel, after a copy of 1720.
Hornyanszky plays instruments made by the company “Lorée”.