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Trumpet player Tamás Póti has been a member of the Budapest Festival Orchestra since 2003. He sat down with us to answer five questions back in 2016.

Which figure in music history would you want to talk to over a bottle of wine?

I would want to have a conversation with Bach, because I would like to understand the source of the tremendous energy he had for life. In a musical sense (as well), he was incredibly prolific and transcendence became a real, palpable thing through his music. Listening to Bach, you lose sense of all earthly worries; his music has healing and recharging powers.

Besides your own, what other instrument would you like to learn?

I would want to learn to play the piano well, because the piano allows you to join any piece of music; if transposed, any orchestral work can be performed on the piano. Having said that, I do love the incomparable experience of playing in an orchestra.

Which composer would you most like to be, and why?

If I could be Stravinsky, I would love to enjoy life with his fellow artists in the Paris of his age. A number of prominent artists who have left lasting marks (F. Scott Fitzgerald, Buñuel, Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, Diaghilev or Cole Porter) would be my friends, and in this inspiring environment, I would become immortalized as one of the most renowned composers of the 20th century.

What has been your greatest disappointment?

I have not had to face real disappointments in my life. I found my path to the trumpet very early, and following a road paved with success at various competitions, it was always clear to me that this would be my calling. I am very grateful to fate for this, and to this day I do everything to always be prepared and humble when I play music, and to always feel the same level of joy.

Continue! According to my philosophy of life…

I live by Horace’s axiom of Carpe diem ("seize the day"), primarily in its original meaning, focusing on the mind. That said, I do also partake in some physical forms of hedonism.

Click here to read Tamás’s bio.

And view the short video portrait of him produced in 2017 (in Hungarian):