Miklós Spányi was born in Budapest, Hungary. He studied organ and harpsichord at the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy in his native city with Ferenc Gergely and János Sebestyén. He continued his studies at the Royal Flemish Conservatory (Koninklijk Vlaams Muziekconservatorium) in Antwerp with Jos van Immerseel and at the Hochschule für Music in Munich with Hedwig Bilgram.
Spányi has won first prize at international harpsichord
Nantes (1984) and Paris (1987). He has given concerts in most
countries as a soloist on five historical keyboard instruments
harpsichord, fortepiano, clavichord, tangent piano) as well as
continuo with various chamber music groups and
been artistic director of the Hungarian baroque orchestra
Concerto Armonico Budapest
since its foundation in 1983. He has recorded an extensive discography for different labels as a soloist and with orchestra. Between 2006-9 Miklós Spányi was artistic director of the Finnish early music group
For some years Miklós Spányi's work as a
performer and researcher has
been focused on the oeuvre of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. Today
one of the world’s most acknowledged C.P.E.Bach scholars and
performers. For the Swedish label BIS he has recorded
C.P.E.Bach’s Complete Keyboard Concertos on 20 cd's and he is
about to finish the complete recording of C. P. E.
Keyboard Music on 42 cd's (already 39 cd's released).
Hungaroton Records has launched the series Tangent Piano
with Miklós Spányi, mostly featuring chamber
music with tangent piano.
For Könemann Music Budapest Miklós
Spányi has edited some volumes of
C.P.E.Bach’s solo keyboard works. He has also worked
revive C.P.E. Bach's favourite keyboard instrument, the
Miklós Spányi was teaching at the Oulu
Conservatoire and the
Sibelius Academy in Finland between 1990-2012. Currently he
associated as teacher with the Staatliche
für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Mannheim,
Germany, with the Liszt
Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary and with the Conservatorium
van Amsterdam in the Netherlands. He has given
masterclasses in the
Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, France, Portugal, Hungary
Miklós Spányi is also appreciated as improviser and composer.