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Destination Edinburgh #8: Meet Hungary's Máté Bencze

Máté Bencze will play the Saxophone for Hungary in the 2018 Eurovision Young Musicians
Máté Bencze will play the Saxophone for Hungary in the 2018 Eurovision Young Musicians
Photo by: Nikolett Kaszner
Posted 30 July 2018 at 15:00

Máté Bencze will represent Hungary at Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 in Edinburgh next month playing the saxophone.

The 18-year-old Máté Bencze was born in 2002 in Debrecen, and currently lives in Hajdúböszörmény in the eastern part of Hungary. As a child, he fell in love with classical music and has been pursuing his dream to become a professional musician ever since. Máté claims to be a big mouth, yet all his family and friends keep telling that he is a real hard worker, who is fully dedicated to getting to know his music instrument inside out. He currently studies at the Zoltán Kodály Conservatory in Hungary.
His dedication resulted into winning national and international competitions, such as first place at the National Saxophone Contest in 2010, 2014 and 2016, and winning first place at the international music festival Femus in Serbia.
Máté is a strikingly tall, strapping young lad who in recent years has gained a lot in height, as well as in experience as a musician. After entering in numerous national and international competitions, he qualified twice (in 2017 and 2018) for the Hungarian tv show Virtuózok, the classical music talent show of the Hungarian public broadcaster MTVA, thanks to the professional guidance of his long-time teacher Gábor Linzenbold.
Eventually, Máté qualified for Eurovision Young Musicians by winning the special jury prize in Virtuózok.

Did you know?

  • Although nowadays his schedule is completely full of music and learning, Máté is a skilled BMX rider and a fan of extreme sports.
  • He is very tall: 203 cm. Consequently he likes to play basketball a lot!
  • Máté would love to play in a military band. He actually already had a ‘guest appearance’ in the military band back home.
  • He likes to be up early in the morning. Despite being only 18, he prefers to start early and do music the whole day.
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Máté Bencze will play the Saxophone for Hungary in the 2018 Eurovision Young Musicians
Photo by: Nikolett Kaszner
Contributors
JZ
Josianne Zwart