Born into a musical family, the Hungarian horn player Máté Börzsönyi studied at the Music Academy Budapest, and subsequently in Florence and Stuttgart, winning international competitions in Hungary, Italy and Austria. He is currently Principal Horn in the Dohnányi Orchestra Budapest and received the ‘Musician of the Year’ award in 2023.
An enthusiastic baroque and natural horn player, Máté is a member of the award-winning Orfeo Orchestra in Budapest, which performs on period instruments. The Orfeo Orchestra performs and tours extensively and has recorded many baroque and classical works.
Máté is a regular guest of the UMZE (New Hungarian Music Association) chamber orchestra, which specialises in contemporary music; he also freelances in all the Budapest orchestras.
He has appeared several times in the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and at the end of 2023 he was guest Principal horn for a month in Teatro la Scala, Milan.
As a soloist, Máté has performed concertos by Strauss, Mozart, Glier and Telemann. He has taken part in the Kaposfest chamber music festival and Budapest Wagner days and has given masterclasses in Hungary and the Czech Republic.
Obsessed with everything to do with his instrument, Máté has developed an orchestral double horn together with Christopher Cornford, the master German horn maker. In 2022 Máté launched a new brand of high resolution, 3D-printed ‘Tátu Mutes’, which he designed and developed himself. These have become internationally popular, used by brass soloists and in many of the world’s top orchestras (Instagram: @tatuhorn).
In his free time, Máté loves hiking and astronomy, and is studying astrophysics.