Simándy József prize awarded private singer of the Hungarian State Opera.
János Szerekován was born in Marosvásárhely, a Transylvanian city in Romania. He began studying violin in the local music school and later graduated in the voice section of the Marosvásárhely School of the Arts. In 1998 he was accepted into the local Philharmonic Chorus. He began his solo career in 2000 singing in Mozart’s Requiem. That year he also participated in a number of national and international competitions, winning first place in the Brasso Sacred Competition.
In 2001, Mr. Szerekován was accepted into the Hungarian Radio Chorus and sang a solo with the chorus in the Schütz Christmas Oratorio. He also began studying under Boldizsár Keönch, dean of the voice faculty at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest. He debuted at the Hungarian State Opera in 2003 in a production of Rossini’s L’Occasione fa il Ladro. He has been awarded both the Nívó and the Lajtha vocal awards in Hungary.
Mr. Szerekován participated in the Majk International Mastercourse with Ionel Pantea and Zsuzsa Misura and studied in a mastercourse with Thomas Houser in Pennsylvania, USA in 2007. He is a regular guest artist at the Debrecen Csokonai Theater and the Szeged National Theater. He has appeared on numerous recordings of the Hungarian Radio.