György SZAKÁLY 2020


Studied at the Hungarian Dance Academy, from where he graduated in 1976.

Than he obtained a one-year scholarship to the Vaganova Ballet Academy (that time Leningrad).

He became member of the Hungarian National Ballet (company of the Opera) in 1977.

Besides guestperformances with the Hungarian National Ballet he was guest soloist of the Dortmund Opera from 1985 to 1988, and first soloist of the Bonn Opera between 1988-1991.

His major roles:

Giselle – Albert

Swan Lake – Prince

The Nutcracker – Prince

Romeo and Juliette – Mercutio

Midsummer night’sdream – Oberon

Sylvia – Orion

Don Quijote – Espada

Anna Karenina – Karenin

Spartacus – Spartacus

Zorba – Zorba

La fille mal gardée – Simone

The Miracolous Mandarin – Mandarin

Balanchine: Symphony in C;  Agon

Besides dancing Mr. Szakaly is also active as ballet master and choreographer.

Prizes and awards (selection):

1983 – best dancer of the season (prize by the Hungarian Dance Association)

1984 – Liszt-prize (prize of the Ministry for Culture for musicians and dancers)

1985 – Merited Artist (title offered by the Ministry for Culture)

1991 – Kossuth Prize (highest prize for artists)

2000 – Outstanding Artist (title offered by the Ministry for Culture)

2014 – Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary, Commander’s Cross

After earlier teaching activities he returned to the Hungarian Dance Academy in 2003 where he is currently Professor. After serving as Deputy Rector for several years, he was nominated Rector during summer 2011, and his mandate has been prolongued till 2018.

Since August 2018 he serves as Artistic Director and Deputy Rector.