Bela Mavrak was born of Hungarian parents, in Austria in the city of Baden Bee Wien but grew up in Serbia, former Yugoslavia.
He started to take music and piano lessons as young as four, however his parents wanted him to pursue a career at the medical filed, as a doctor, Following his parents wishes he studied at a secondary school specialized in medicine and health care before seeking acceptance to the university of medicine.
Famous Serbian music teacher, professor Bursac discovered his talent snd encouraged the young Mavrak to take the audition exam at the Music Academy of Belgrade. The young talent was accepted and started his professional studies in 1989.
In 1991 he moved to Cologne, Germany, and enrolled at the prestigious Music Academy of Cologne, where he attended the classes of professor Jochims. Only two years after he started his studies in Cologne, in 1993 he won the gold medal and first prize of the International Sining Competition in Santa Margarita Ligure in Italy, where he sang Rodolfo's aria from Puccini's La Boheme. The competition opened up new doors for the young singer.
Soon he was invited to participate at master courses of great XX. century bel canto legends. In Milan Franco Corelli, "the prince of tenor", in Bologna, Gianni Raimondi introduced young Mavrak to the noble tradition of bel canto singing. In addition he also participated in the legendary Swedish tenor, Nicolai Gedda's master classes in Germany.
Following his competition success in Santa Maria Ligure, the Belgrade State Opera hired him for his first full operatic role in 1994. he sang in the la Boheme production.
Later several wonderful roles followed in Germany and all over the world in numerous prestigious opera houses and concert halls. Just mentioning a few of his career milestones, in cologne he sang world premier of Marianna Martinez, in Exitus Izrael, and Dixit Dominus. Verdi's Requiem took him to the famous Beethowen Hall in Bonn in a joint concert with Philharmonica Hungarica. One year later he sang Requiem again in the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, and at the Teatro Municipal in San Paolo, Brazil. In the same year of 1995 he appeared in the role of Faust in Hector Hector Berlioz's opera, the Damnation of Faust, at one of the most prestigious halls of classical music, the Salzburg Festspiel House, Austria. For two more years he continued to sing the Faust role and ten different roles at the German National Theater in the city of Weimar, during the festive year when Weimar was "Cultural Capitol of Europe".
Mr Mavrak considers the year of 1999 to the one of the brightest ones in his life as he had the exceptional opportunity to work together with one of the greatest violinists ever, Lord Yehudi Menuhin. Menuhin himself conducted an aid concert of the Menuhin Foundation in which Mavrak sang as guest tenor.
In 2000 together with Gary Bennett and Thomas Gruel he became one of Andre Rieu's "Platin Tenors" , however he still carried on singing as a guest at several German theaters. Few of his roles from this period included; Sou Chong in Lehar's Land of Smiles, Sandor Barninkay in Joahann Strauss' Der Zigenerbaron, and Edwin in Imre kaman's Dei Cards Furstin.
In 2003 he sang the first Berlin performance of Paul McCaertney's Liverpool Oratario in the Konzerhous Gendarmenmarkt.
Since 2005 mr Mavrak has been intensively touring with Andre Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra, appearing in about hundred concerts each yea, all over the world, including historical opera houses such as the Semper Oper in Dresden, the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, or the legendary American Radio City Music Hall in New York.
In 2008, the city of Maastricht / The Netherlands, awarded Mavrak the gold honorary medal of merit in recognition of his contributions to the merit in recognition of his contributions to the international fame of the city, as a member of the Andre Rieu concert productions.
Bela Mavrak Invites you to our 5th Hungarian Connection Gala! Join us in Sacramento at the Crest Theater June 10th!