Famous cello player, teacher of the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy.
As extraordinary talent he was accepted to the pre-school of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music already at the age of seven. First he became pupil of Miklós Zsámboki, then from 1959 the pupil of Ede Banda. He also learned performing art and art analysis from Albert Simon. He gave his first solo concert at the Music Academy in 1957, at the age of nine. Later on, he participated at the master courses of Enrico Mainardi in Salzburg, Luzern and at the Santa Cecilia Accademia in Rome, where he graduated in arts in 1962.
He won second prize at the Pablo Casals Cello Contest 1963 in Budapest. In 1965 and 1966, and between 1969 and 1972 he was invited to the master courses of Pablo Casals. Throughout his career he gave concerts in almost every prestigious concert hall of the world. He performed at the Marlboro Festival, in Luzern, Rome, Munich, Prague, Salzburg, Vienna, Warsaw, Berlin, Kronberg, but also in Japan, China, in North and South America and in many other places. As chamber partner of András Schiff he played at the Schubertiade that was held in Hohenems, Austria. He also performed at the London Wigmore hall, the Edinburgh Festival and the Ruhr Festival. He often gives concerts with the Keller String Quartet, too.
Miklós Perényi has been teaching at the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy since 1974, at the moment he is university professor of the institution. Beside giving concerts and teaching he also composes music.
His repertoire ranges from baroque to twentieth century music, including contemporary compositions as well. A number of his albums have been released by the top record companies. His co-production with András Schiff – the album including the complete cello works of Beethoven – won the Cannes Classical Award in 2005.
He was honored with many awards, like the Liszt Prize (1970), the title Merited Artist (1976), the Kossuth Prize (1980, 2007), the title Excellent Artist (1984) and the Bartók-Pásztory Award. In France he won the title Chevalier de l’orde des Arts et des Lettres (2002). He also received the Middle Cross of Merit of Order of the Hungarian Republic (2006) and the Prima Primissima Award (2007).