Emese Mali is one of the foremost young pianists in Hungary. She graduated from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in 2004, having studied with Katalin Schweitzer, György Nádor, Balázs Réti, and Márta Gulyás. She completed her doctorate there in 2011. In 2000 and 2001 she was a guest student at the Mozarteum University of Music, Salzburg, Austria, in the class of Imre Rohmann. She attended master classes with Ferenc Rados, György Sebők, Dimitri Baskirov, Jan Wijn, and András Schiff.
Emese won first prize in the Andor Földes Competition in Budapest, 2000; a special prize by the International Mozart Foundation at the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg, 2001, and she was the Grand Prize winner at the Los Angeles International Franz Liszt Piano Competition, 2004. She was awarded the Annie Fischer Performance Scholarship for three consecutive years (2004-2006) and also the scholarship of the KLASSZ Musical Office.
Emese Mali has given numerous recitals at prestigious Hungarian festivals. Her international appearances include recitals in several European cities - Salzburg (Schloss Mirabell), London (Kensington Palace), Karthage (Arcopolium Festival), Prague (Klementinum), Bratislava, Vienna (Bösendorfer-hall), Moscow, Bucharest, London, Helsinki (Sibelius Academy), Stuttgart, Rome -, as well as Mauritius and the United States (Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco). She gave a masterclass at the San Francisco Conservatory in 2005. She has performed as a soloist at the concerts of the Győr Philharmonics, the Danube Symphony Orchestra and the MÁV Symphony Orchestra.
She is more than happy to play chamber music as well. She performs with leading artists such as Miklós Perényi and Jason Calloway (cello), Kálmán Berkes (clarinet), Márta Gulyás (piano), Péter Bársony (viola), Katalin Kokas, Márta Ábrahám, Orsolya Korcsolán and Joanna Kamenarska (violin), Noémi Győri and Gergely Madaras (flute), the Budapest Wind Ensemble, the Budapest Saxophone Quartet, or the Rumanian Voces Quartet. Along with flutist Dóra Seres, Emese won second prize at the international chamber music competition Franz Schubert and Modern Music Graz, Austria, in 2003. They have performed at the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum in Boston, and in Mauritius and Paris as well. Their debut recording Flautissimo at Hungaroton Records, came out in 2004. Emese Mali's regular chamber partner is cellist, Ditta Rohmann. They won two special prizes at the Italian chamber music competition named Premio Trio di Trieste in 2003 and they have become constant performers in the world of Hungarian music ever since.
Currently, Emese works with András Keller and the Concerto Budapest Symphonic Orchestra on a regular basis. Also, she performs with Zoltán Rácz and the UMZE chamber ensemble. She is noted for presenting a number of contemporary Hungarian pieces, such as the works of Sándor Kuti, Pál Budai, László Tihanyi, László Király Máté Bella, Hugó Kelen.
She has been a collaborative pianist at the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy since 2009. She is also a recurring pianist at the Tibor Varga Summer Academy in Sion as well as at the masterclasses of the International Musicians' Seminar Prussia Cove in England.
Her latest CD "KornGOLDmark" has been released by Solo Musica München in 2014 with the violinist Orsolya Korcsolán.