Tamás Fejes – Assistant Leader
The Bill and Rosalind Gregson Chair
When did you join the RSNO?
I joined the RSNO in January 2003.
Where are you from?
I was born in the south of Hungary in Szeged. It's a university city about 100 miles from Budapest and has the longest hours of sunshine! (in Hungary).
Where did you study?
I studied at the F. Liszt Academy in Budapest and at the Guildhall School of Music in London.
What do you enjoy most about being in the RSNO?
Having the chance and flexibility to play chamber music because in my opinion it contributes invaluable qualities to being a true musician and to be able to keep those qualities alive and contribute and feel them in the orchestra. Also the comradeship and team spirit. I find the RSNO members have a wicked sense of humor!
Tell us your favourite RSNO story/memory so far.
Easy! A tour to Manchester in November 2008. I met Emily my wife to be who was playing as an extra in the cello section.
What do you enjoy doing when you're not playing with the Orchestra?
Lots of things. I love playing chamber music especially with my quartet. Also, cooking, jogging by the river, swimming, skiing, studying symbolic modelling, watching good films and oh yes - going out for curry! Yum-yum.
Do you have any hidden talents?
If you could have dinner with anyone (alive or dead) who would it be, and why?
With my family. Because it is always eventful and I adore them.
You're stranded on a desert island. You're allowed 3 CDs and 1 book. What would they be, and why?
I would take Beethoven's string quartets Bartok string quartets and Billy Holiday. My "book" would be Bach's manuscript of the sonatas and partitas for violin. The whole universe is in these works.