Zsombor Sidoo winner of the 2018 Mercatali Prize

Zsombor Sidoo is the winner of the 2018 Mercatali Prize.

Zsombor Sidoo was born in 1997 in Budapest, Hungary. He started his guitar studies at the age of 10 with his teacher László Gulyás. Two years later, Dr. Jozsef Eötvös became his teacher and worked with him for the following three years. Until 2011, Zsombor was a student of the junior section at the Franz Liszt Academy for Music in Budapest. 2012 academic year Melinda Tóth took over management of his music education. Since 2013 he has been studying with Prof. Paolo Pegoraro at pre-study class of Universitat für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz (Austria). In the last years he has given concerts at some of the guitar festivals in Europe (International guitar festival in Szeged, Forum Gitarre Wien).
He has been awarded at various national and international guitar competitions, In the last years he won the first prize at Anna Amailia Wettbewerb für Junge Gitarristen (2013) and at Forum Gitarre Wien (2011).
He has interesting for composing music. He writes not only guitar music, but also chamber and another instrumental pieces.
He won the 3rd prize with his composition (Preludio alla Passacaglia and Fugettha) on the World Guitar Competietion in 2013. Since October of 2014 he is taking composition lessons with Beat Furrer as an external student at Kunstuniversität Graz.

Winners 2018

The 2018 competition winners have been published