János Sutyák, principal trombone of the Hungarian State Opera, in 2006 was awarded full scholarship to study a double Bachelor Degree at New York’s Bard College and Bard College Conservatory of Music where he received a Bachelor of Arts in German Studies and a Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance in 2013. Mr. Sutyák has also completed a one semester exchange program at the Humboldt University, Berlin, a two years Advanced Performance Studies program at The Bard Conservatory before starting his Artist Diploma at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia in 2015.
Mr.Sutyák played numerous concert as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra performer in the USA, Venezuela, Russia, South Africa, Malaysia, Japan, Hong Kong and 20 countries in Europe. As a soloist Mr. Sutyak performed with the Bard College Conservatory of Music Orchestra, the Jenaer Philarmonie, and the Hong Kong Performing Arts Center Orchestra.
Mr. Sutyák is no stranger to the international competition circuit winning first prize at the Slider Asia International Trombone Competition in Hong Kong, first prize and special prize of the board at the International Brass and Percussion Competition in Hungary, first prize at the Bard College Conservatory of Music Concerto Competition, New York, and third prize at the International Low Brass Competition of the Czech Republic. He is also a recipient of the Zoltán Kodály Prize and a Honorary Cultural Embassador of Tachira county in Venezuela.
Aside from his lifelong love for music, Mr. Sutyák is equally at home watching and photographing birds. In cooperation with the Audubon Society, János established the first North American “Bird Friendly Campus” in Upstate New York’s Bard College. Mr. Sutyák has won several prizes for his photography.
János is co-founder of Saker Music Company, a leading publishing company of the brass world.