Roland Szentpáli, born 1977 in Nyíregyháza (Hungary). Roland began playing the euphonium at the age of twelve, moving on to the tuba in the following year under the guidance of Sandor Lukács. He was a student at the Béla Bartok Academy in Budapest from 1991-1995, studying with Joseph Baszinka and Gábor Adamik. Roland continued his studies with Lászlò Szabò at the F. Liszt Academy. On the international scene, Roland has attended courses held by Roger Bobo, Mel Culbertson, Manfred Hoppert, and Sam Pilafian and has been the recipient of numerous scholarships for study abroad.

Among his numerous successes in solo competitions, the most notable are his first prizes at the Lahti International Brass Competition in Finland (2001), the International Performer‘s Competition in Brno, Czech Republic (2000), and the International Tuba Competition in Cheju, Korea (2000). He was also awarded second prize at the prestigious Markneukirchen International Tuba Competition in 2000, and has also been a prize winner at other competitions, including TubaMania (Australia, 1999), Geubwiller International Tuba Competition (France, 1998).

Roland is also very active as a composer, having written many works for tuba, chamber ensemble and orchestra in a broad variety of styles. In February of 1994, he performed his own Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra in Budapest for live television broadcast. His music has been played and recorded by the Hungarian Radio Orchestra and the Orchestra Hungarian Music Academy Bela Bartok. His last solo CD “I Killed my Lips” includes four of his own compositions.

Apart from his busy solo and composition schedule, Roland is actually principal tuba with the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra. Always being in great demand he also gave several masterclasses in the United States, Japan and many European countries.


Nationality: Hungarian
Instruments: Bass Tuba, Contrabass Tuba, Bass Saxhorn, Ophicleide, Bass Serpent, Cinbasso


  • 1989-1991 Music School (Sandor Lukacs) Nyiregyhaza, 1991-1995 Bela Bartok Conservatoire (Jozsef Bazsinka, Gabor Adamik) Budapest,
  • 1995-2002 Ferenc Liszt Music Academy (Laszlo Szabo) Budapest, 2000 Music Academy (Roger Bobo) Lausanne, 2001 “Mozarteum” MusikHochschule(Manfred Hoppert) Salzburg, 2016 DLA in Ferenc Liszt Music Academy Budapest.


  • 2001 International Tuba Competition, Lieksa, Finland                 1st prize
  • 2000 International Tuba Competition, Jeju, South Korea             1st prize
  • 2000 International Tuba Competition, Markneukirchen, Germany  2nd prize
  • 2000 Balogh-Zilcz Tuba Competition, Budapest, Hungary           1st prize
  • 1999 European Tuba Competition, München, Germany              1st prize
  • 1999 International Tuba Competition, Sydney, Australia              1st prize
  • 1999 International Brass Competition, Gdansk, Poland               1st prize
  • 1999 Donald Beyer Tuba Competition, Budapest, Hungary         1st prize
  • 1997 International Tuba Competition, Guebwiller, France          2nd prize


2014 The best Jazz album Award in ITEA, USA


Hungarian National Philharmony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hungarian Radio Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Zagreb Philharmony Orchestra, Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, Dohnányi Symphony Orchestra, Miskolc Symphony Orchestra, World Orchestra for Peace.


Valery Gergiev, Zoltan Kocsis, Jury Simonov, Ivan Fischer, Davor Sutey, Tamas Vasary, Edo de Waart, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Jaap van Zweden, Osmo Vanska, Johannes Wildner, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Alexander Lazarev, Hans Graf, Alexander Vedernikov, Philippe Herreweghe.

Teaching experience:

  • Visitor Tuba professor, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK 2003-2004
  • Tuba professor, Univerity of Debrecen, HUNGARY 2005-2009
  • Guest Tuba professor, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, 2011-2012
  • Guest Tuba professor, Hong Kong Baptist Univerity, 2011-2012
  • Guest Tuba professor, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Bloomingto, USA 2013
  • Tuba, chamber music dozent, Music Academy, Luzern, Switzerland 2017-

Master classes all around the world such places as:

Paris Conservatoire Superieur FR, Lyon Conservatoire Supérieur FR, Royal College of Music, London UK, University of Music, Los Angeles, USA, Musashino School of Music, Tokyo JP, University of Music, Regina CANADA, Academy of Music and Arts, Lima PERU, “Mozarteum”University of Music, Salzburg, AUSTRIA, Academy of Music, Buenos Aires, ARG, Academy of Music, Ljubljana, SLO, Sydney Unversity, AUSTRALIA, Academy of Music, Amsterdam, NEDERLANDS, Academy of”La Sistema”, Caracas, VENEZUELA.


  • Lecture and concert on “200Years of Valved Brass Instruments” in Museum of Instruments, Berlin, GERMANY
  • Lecture on “The evolution of low brass instruments” in Academy of Music, Lima, PERU
  • Lecture and recital on “The evolution of low brass instruments” In Hong Kong Brass Academy, HK

Compositions of Roland Szentpali:

  • Clarinet Double concerto, Tuba Concerto, Saxophone Quartet Concerto, Magnificat, Clarinet Concerto, Beatus Vir,  Clarinet Rhapsody, etc.
  • Several chamber music and solo pieces for various instruments.All works are published exclusively by Editions BIM, Switzerland


Publications of Roland Szentpali:


  • Bartok Conservatory Symphony Orchestra: Works by Leo Weiner (as tuba player. Label: Academy, 1993)
  • Werner Bruggemann: Compositions (as tuba soloist in the piece called: Musikantenfieber. Label: Edition Donauton)
  • Symphonic series: The magic potion (as tuba soloist. Label: BMC, 1996)
  • Roland Szentpali: I killed my lips (Fenox Music, 1999)
  • Works by Ivan Madarasz (as tuba soloist. Label: Hungaroton, 1999)
  • Works of Robert Gulya (as tuba soloist in the piece called Burlesk. Label: Private, 1999)
  • Danubia Symphony Orchestra, conducted by: Yurij Simonov (as tuba player in Mousorgsky: A Night on the bare mountain. label: Danubia, 1999)
  • Laszlo Dubrovay: Brummadza’s Dance (as tuba player. Label: Hungaroton, 2000)
  • The 125th Academic Year of Liszt ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest (as tuba soloist. Label: Private, 2000)
  • Roland Szentpali presents Ewald Brass Quintet: Chamber Music (as producer and arranger. label:Grammy records, 2001)
  • Orna Ralston: Something to touch (as tuba player on several compositions. Label: OR Music, 2002)
  • Ewald Brass: popular Music (as arranger. Label: Allegro Thaler, 2003)
  • Presser Gabor: Concert (as tuba, euphonium and contrabass trombone player. Label: BMG, 2004)
  • Pierre Max Duboise: Chamber Music with Flute (as tuba player. label: Hungaroton Classic, 2004)
  • Abe Ryunosuke: Carmen Fantasy (as composer, tuba and piano player. Label: Private, 2005)
  • Brahms: Hungarian Dances Variations live (as tuba soloist and arranger. Label: T-com, 2005)
  • Roland Szentpali: On my way (Fenox Music, 2005)
  • World Orchestra for Peace, conducted by Valery Gergiev “Live Tour 2005” CD/DVD (as tuba player. Label: WOP ltd. 2005)
  • Dohnanyi Symphony Orchestra: New Years Eve Concert 2005 (as a composer with the piece called: Concerto for Saxophone Quartet. label: Private, 2005
  • Talamba: Okamale (as tuba and trumpet player. label: Private, 2005)
  • Kontor Tamas: Rengeteg Ev (as tuba and trumpet player. Label: Tom-Tom records, 2006)
  • Varnus Xaver: From Ravel to Vangelis (as arranger and conductor. Label: SonyBMG, 2007)
  • World Orchestra for Peace, conducted by Valery Gergiev live CD/DVD (as tuba player. Label: WOP ltd. 2007)
  • Velvet Brown: Perspectives (as composer with the piece called: Dance Movements. label: Crystal Records, 2007)
  • Steven Mead: Earth Voices (as composer with the piece called: Earth Voices. Label: Bocchino Music, 2007)
  • Maki Yamamoto: Zongora (as composer with the piece called: 5 Miniatures. label: Private, 2008)
  • Jazz Steps Brass: New Orleans feeling (as tuba player. Label: Private, 2008)
  • PTE: Veneno (as composer with the piece called: Earth Voices. label: Private, 2009)
  • Zenehadtest: Hangrobbanas (as arranger of the CD. Label: Universal, 2009)
  • Roland Szentpali/Aron Romhanyi: Parallels  (label: Potenza Music, 2009)
  • Euphonix Quartet: End Game (as composer with the piece called: Concertino. Label: Potenza Music, 2009)
  • Adam Frey: Beyond the Horizon (as composer with the piece called: Pearls 2. Label: Euphonium, 2010)
  • Aaron Tindal: Song of Ascent (as composer with the piece called: Concerto. label: Potenza Music, 2010)
  • RTB Crew: Meet the Beat (as composer and tuba player. Label: Potenza Music, 2010)
  • Steven Mead: Audacious (as composer with the piece called: Sketches 1998. Label: Bocchino Music, 2011)
  • Fabien Wallerand: Art of the tuba (as composer with the piece called: Allegro fuoco. label: Indesens! 2011)
  • Tan Dun: Compositions (as a tuba player. Label: Naxos, 2012)
  • Steven Mead: Pearls (as composer with the piece called: Pearls 2. Label: Bocchino Music, 2013)
  • Roland Szentpali/Richard Revesz: Nuestro Ritmo (Label: Potenza Music, 2014)
  • Andreas Mertin Hofmeir (as composer with the piece called: Very good Morning. Label: Sony Classical, 2014)
  • Loop Doctors: Entering a room (as tuba player, Label: Potenza records, 2014)
  • Marosi/Szepesi/Szentpali: i3 (as composer of all pieces in the album and tuba soloist, Label: Pro Mediart, 2015)


  • Roger Bobo – tuba soloist, teacher, former member of Los Angeles Philharmony Orchestra
  • Gene Pokorny – principal tuba player of Chicago Symphony  Orchestra
  • Jean-Pierre Mathez – General manager of Editions BIM, Switzerland