János Balázs was born in Budapest in 1988. He started his musical studies at Járdányi Pál Music School. At the age of 13 he was admit- ted to the Special Talents Group of Franz Liszt Academy of Music of Budapest, where he subsequently graduated. He participated in the master classes of Péter Frankl, Dimitri Bashkirov, Marian Lapsansky, and Yohoved Kaplinsky.
In 2010 he played all the piano pieces by Chopin for which he received a Diploma from the Polish government, and in Hungary he received the Junior Prima Prize. In 2011 he was invited to be the Head of the Classi- cal Piano Department of the European Roma College of Music in Felsőörs, Hungary, a po- sition that he has held since.
In the 2013/2014 season he was chosen Artist of the Season by the ECHO Rising Stars. In a one-year tour he played in the most important concert halls of Europe such as, inter alia, the Bozar, Konzerthaus, Con- certgebouw, the Barbican Centre, and Palau de Musica.
In 2014 he was conferred life-long member- ship of the Franz Liszt Society in Pécs for the outstanding interpretation of Liszt’s musical heritage.
János has performed several times in Japan in Tokyo and Yokohama, at the Kyoto Interna- tional Music Festival. With the Nagoya Sym- phony Orchestra, he has given Chopin piano concerts Conducted by maestro Kazuyoshi Akiyama. The famous AoI Studio released his CD in Tokyo, also known as Prologou, on which the works of Ferenc Liszt were recorded. He won the Nishinihon music competition in Fukuoka, one of the biggest prestigious competitions in Japan.
Balázs received the Franz Liszt Award in 2015, the highest-ranking acknowledgement an artist can receive from the Hungarian State. In the same year he was also awarded the Gramophone Prize.
In 2015 and 2016, in the frame of Hungary’s biggest piano concert series he played with the greatest pianists like Grigory Sokolov, David Fray, Vadim Kholodenko or Evgeni Koroliov. He regularly toured in Europe, in the United States and in Asia.
In 2016 he founded the Georges Cziffra Festival to honour the memory and art of Georges Cziffra. In recent years, world stars have come up as like Mischa Maisky, Fazil Say, Andrea Rost and Tamas Vasary.