Tamás Vásáry was born in Debrecen in 1933, and graduated from the Franz Liszt Music Academy. He then became Zoltán Kodály’s assistant. After winning several international prizes, he was forced to emigrate following the 1956 revolution, but soon established a career for himself abroad. He made a number of recordings that are now collector’s items. In the 1970’s he turned to conducting, and this career blossomed. Since 1992 he has been the general music director and principal conductor of the Budapest Symphony Orchestra.