Born in Budapest in 1973, Mr. Pátkai took his first piano lesson at the age of 6. Three years later he continued at Kispest Music School under the direction of Ms. Ilona Erdélyi. In 1985 he was accepted to study at the Preparatory School of the Franz Liszt Music Academy (Budapest) in the class of Ms. Zsuzsa Esztó. By that time he had performed in several cities in Hungary and abroad. In 1989 he was invited to the United States to attend the “Young Artist Piano Program” at Tanglewood Music Center (Lenox, MA), which he participated for three summers.
From 1991 he studied at the Franz Liszt Music Academy as a student of Prof. László Baranyay and Prof. Jenő Jandó. In 1993 he won the second prize at the Hungarian State Orchestra Mozart Piano Competition. Mr. Pátkai was a participant in Prof. György Sebők’s masterclass (Ernen, Switzerland) in 1995. He has taken his Master of Music in Performance Piano and Teaching, passed with honors, in November, 1996. From 2010 he studied with Dr. Pamela Mia Paul at University of North Texas where he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree in 2014.
Mr. Pátkai has given concerts with several Hungarian orchestras, such as BM Danube Symphony Orchestra, Savaria Symphony Orchestra, and the Hungarian State Orchestra. He made the Hungarian première of Ch. V. Alkan: Grande Sonate (Op. 33) in 2000. Mr. Pátkai has been a guest artist in the concert halls of Vienna, Göttingen, Jena, Helsinki, London, New York, Boston and Dallas. He regularly performs solo repertoire while he is a sought-after collaborative pianist as well.
Besides his Teaching Fellowship at UNT, Mr. Pátkai’s teaching experiences include faculty positions at the Music Department of ELTE University and at the Teacher Training College of the Franz Liszt Music Academy.