Born in Budapest in 1973. Mr. Pátkai took his first piano lesson at the age of 6. Three years later he continued at Kispest Music School under the direction of Ms. Ilona Erdélyi. In 1985 he was accepted to study at the Preparatory School of the Fr. Liszt Music Academy (Budapest) in the class of Ms. Zsuzsa Esztó. By that time he had performed in several cities in Hungary and abroad. From 1989 he was invited to the United States to attend the "Young Artist Piano Program” at Tanglewood Music Center (Lenox, Massachusetts) for three summers.
From 1991 he studied at the Fr. Liszt Music Academy as a student of Prof. László Baranyay and Prof. Jenő Jandó. In 1993 he won the second prize at the Mozart Piano Competition, organized by Hungarian State Orchestra and IBM corporation. Mr Pátkai was a participant in Prof. György Sebők’s mastercourse (Ernen, Switzerland) in 1995. He has taken his Master of Music in Performance Piano and Teaching, passed with honours, in November, 1996.
Mr. Pátkai has given concerts with several hungarian orchestras, such as BM Danube Symphony Orchestra, Savaria Symphony Orchestra, and the Hungarian State Orchestra. He was the one who made the Hungarian première of Ch. V. Alkan: Grande Sonate (Op. 33) in 2000. During his career Mr. Pátkai has performed with the following artists so far:
Mr. Timothy Bentch, Ms. Csilla Boross, Mr. Péter Cser, Mr. Boldizsár Keönch, Ms. Andrea Meláth, Mr. Zsolt Oláh, Ms. Tünde Szabóki, Ms. Maria Teresa Uribe
Mr. Károly Meleg, Mr. Vilmos Oláh, Mr. Tamás Rónaszéki, Mr. Péter Sárosi, Mr. Péter Somogyi – violin Ms. Judit Nagymiklósi, Mr. Miklós Oláh, Mr. László Pólus – cello Mr. Gergely Bodoky, Ms. Christa Gellén, Ms. Anett Jóföldi – flute Mr. Csaba Klenyán, Mr. Péter Schadl – clarinet Mr. György Fazekas – viola Mr. András Fejér – trombone Jason D. Ham (USA) – euphonium Mr. György Lakatos – bassoon
During the past 10 years he performed most of the Beethoven: Sonatas for Cello and Piano among many other works by Bach, Brahms, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, R. Strauss, Saint-Saëns, Bartók, and Kodály with his constant partner, Ms. Judit Nagymiklósi.
Mr. Pátkai has been a guest artist in the concert halls of Vienna, Göttingen, Jena, Helsinki, London, New York and Boston. He regulary performs both as a soloist and a chamber-musician in Budapest, in other provincial towns of Hungary and abroad as well. His artistic activity covers a wide range of piano recitals, chamber-music evenings, orchestral concerts, choir accompaniment and continuo-playing.
Currently he works as an assistant lecturer at the Music Department of the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) Faculty of Humanities, and teaches at the Teacher Training College of the Fr. Liszt Music Academy as well.