János Balázs was born in Budapest in 1988. He started his musical studies at Járdányi Pál Music School, and after less than a year he entered the National Piano Competition in Nyíregyháza that he won. At the age of 13 he was admitted to the Special Talents Group of Franz Liszt Academy of Budapest where he graduated later. He participated at the master classes of Péter Frankl, Dimitri Bashkirov, Marian Lapsansky, Yohoved Kaplinsky. During his studies he won the following piano competitions:
- 2004 International György Cziffra Piano Competition, Baden bei Wien, Austria, 1st Prize
- 2005 International Franz Liszt Piano Competition, Pécs, Hungary, 1st Prize
- 2006 International Lions Piano Competition, Maurach, France, 1st Prize
- 2010 Nishnihon International Piano Competition, Japan, 1st Prize
- 2011 International Piano Competition, Aspen, USA, 1st Prize
Two weeks after his return from the USA, he participated at the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition with a completely different repertoire, where he won the third place and the Special Prize for the Most Successeful Competitor. In the same year he played all the piano pieces by Chopin for which he received a Diploma from the Polish government, and in Hungary he received the Junior Prima Prize. Also in 2011 he was asked to be the Head of the Classical Piano Department of the European Roma College of Music in Felsőörs, Hungary, a position that he fulfills ever since.
In the 2013/2014 season he was chosen to be the artist of the season by the ECHO Rising Star. In a one-year tour he played in the most important concert halls of Europe like the Bozar, Konzerthaus, Concertgebouw, Barbican Centre, Palau de Musica etc…
In 2014 he received a life-long membership of the Franz Liszt Society in Pécs for the outstanding interpretation of Liszt’s musical heritage.
In 2014 at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music he played the most difficult musical pieces of the music literature, like :
- Balakirev: Islamey op. 18.,
- Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit,
- Schumann: Toccata and Cziffra Transcriptions.
In 2014 at the Budapest Spring Festival he gave an improvisational concert with a violin player.
Balázs received the Franz Liszt Award in 2015, which is the highest-ranking acknowledgement an artist can receive from the Hungarian State. This year he was also awarded the Gramophone Prize.
In 2015 he started his concert series, „3 Faces of János Balázs” at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music and at the Palace of Arts. During this series he played Bach and Chopin concertos and the 12
Transcendental Etudes by Liszt.
In 2015 and 2016, in the frame of Hungary’s biggest piano concert series he plays with the greatest pianists like Grigorij Sokolov, David Fray, Vadim Kholodenko or Jevgenij Korolijov. He regulary tours in Europe, in the United States and in Asia. In the prevoius years, among others, he played in the following concert halls: