István Dominkó was born in 1971. He graduated from the Liszt Academy of Music in 1996 where he studied with Edit Hambalkó, Kornél Zempléni and Márta Gulyás. Since then he has been a professor at the Music Department of the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, and a piano teacher at the Kodály Zoltán Hungarian Choir School where he is the leader of the Conservatoire. From 2000 to 2004 he received the scholarship of the Liszt Academy to work as a doctoral student under professor Dezső Ránki. After a profound research he got his doctorate in piano (Doctor of Liberal Arts) in 2008 with Summa cum laude, the title of his dissertation: Memoirs for my children – Robert Schumann’s Jugendalbum.
He is one of the founder artists of the Crescendo Summer Institute where he has given masterclasses since 2004. Besides his pedagogical and scholarly work he is active as a soloist and chamber musician throughout his native country, and France, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Slovakia, Romania. He has many television and radio recordings and concert series for the youth, often with his musician family members. He performs regularly in the Budapest Spring Festival and the Zemplén Festival. Many of his concerts were broadcast by the Hungarian Radio, the Romanian Radio and Deutche Welle. He is the founder and music director of the STELLA Recording Studio in Budapest.
In 2013 he received the postdoctorate scholarship of the Liszt Academy of Music, and published a paper about vocal works of the famous Hungarian composer, Farkas Ferenc. In 2015 he recorded a CD „Songs from seven decades by Ferenc Farkas” with singers Andrea Meláth and Tünde Szabóki, published by Hungaroton. In 2014 he became a qualified „Masterteacher”, and has been working as educational expert of the Ministry of Education since 2015.
In September 2018, he was awarded a three-year scholarship at the Hungarian Academy of Arts, working within the framework of his research program to develop methods for assisting and developing independent practice.
You can communicate with Mr. Dominkó in English.