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Zoltan Szigeti is a Hungarian-born pianist, composer, and educator, specializing in jazz. He is recently working as a university faculty member in China - Associate Professor of Piano at the Yunnan University, formerly known as South West Associated University, and mentor at the Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA). Zoltan is holding the " Foreign Expert " certificate, issued by the Government of China and participates as a clinician by holding performances and masterclasses in different colleges and music institutions across South West China, teaching jazz piano, music theory, and harmony, judging piano competitions and music competitions contests. His works of highlights also include jazz trio and quartet arrangements, commissioned for live performances, concerts, music festivals, and studio recordings with notable Chinese and international musicians. In 2018 Zoltan has been invited to be a mentor and member in the International Mentor Collective at the Berklee College of Music - Online Extension School.
Zoltan has earned a reputation as a composer and an instrumental and choral music arranger; he has a growing list of music publications and credits producing recordings, writing songs, composing and arranging for choirs and orchestras, for performances and educational purposes. His music spans a wide range of musical genres on records from classical styles to jazz and Latin music. Between 2006 and 2009 he has created music for the screen as a film music composer for Swedish State TV and the Appolo Music Ltd. in Denmark. He is recently collaborating with music institutions and organizations across China for writing and arranging music and developing new material for music education, including for piano teaching, vocal music, jazz and music theory, and harmony education. From 2016 Zoltan had been invited to be the Art Director of the Pro Artis Music Education Center.
Zoltan studied classical piano and percussion at the Bartok Music Conservatory in Hungary; later jazz piano and jazz performance at the notable Swedish institution Skurup's School of Music - (Skurup Folkhögskola, Sweden), studied with prof. Loic Dequidt, Maggi Olin (piano), and Bengt Mülle Holmquist (jazz ensemble and polyrhythm). Subsequently, Zoltan studied at the Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA) and the Atlantic University, majored in music theory, harmony, and jazz composition with Prof. Robert Christopherson, Joseph Mulholland, Steve Rochinski, and Paul Schmeling.
Zoltan's studies included study with internationally renewed Hungarian pianist and educator Farkas Sandor, Rátonyi Róbert (Hungary), and the American jazz pianist and educator, David Thompson, a former student of George Shearing and author of "The Music of Bill Evans", and received masterclasses from Phil Markowitz (Manhattan School of Music, New Yor), Peter Erskine, Kent Wennman (USA), Lars Jansson (Sweden), and Etienne Mbappe (Kamerun), to list a few.
Zoltan's most influential pianists are Ray Kennedy, Dave McKenna, George Shearing, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Bud Powell, Eugen Cicero, Janos Körössy, Michelle Petrucciani.