ÁKOS DRATSAY (Hungary) was born in 1960 in Budapest. He started playing the flute at the age of 10 at the State Music School in Hodmezevasharhel (today Atila Peceli Music School). From 1974 he was a student of the Temerkenyi Istvan High School in Szeged, and from 1978 to 1983 he was a student of the Franc List Music Academy in Budapest.
As a student, he became a teacher at the Zoltan Kodaly high school in Kecskemet, where he and his wife, the flutist Bea Berenyi, founded a proffesional art workshop for elementary and high school, which quickly became known and recognized throughout the country. Since September 2016 he continues to work as a professor of the Vienna Conservatory in Budapest at the academic level.
Many of their former pupils and students today play a very important role in the music life of Hungary, either as professors or as orchestra musicians.
His successful pedagogical work in December 2007 was awarded by the “Association of Hungarian Creators” with the prize “Weiner Leo”. In 2016 he received a prestigious prize for music pedagogy from the Hungarian Academy of Art, and in the same year the City of Kecskemét awarded him the Talent Award.
For 30 years Dratsay is preparing students for prestigious competitions in Hungary and beyond. He is a regular member of the commission for flute contests at all levels of education. He was awarded several times for the most successful professor of the competition.
As a soloist and member of chamber ensembles, he held over 1000 concerts in concert halls of Hungary and abroad. He recorded a few compact discs, and in addition he has valuable recordings stored by the archives of the Hungarian Radio.
Since 2009 he has been a member of the Symphony Orchestra in Kecskemet. As an artist who is engaged in contemporary music, he has won the Artisjus Award four times. The city of Kecskemét acknowledged his function in the musical life of the city with the Kodaly Award.