György Kertész was born in Budapest in 1963, the son of the cellist
Ottó Kertész. He began his study of the cello at the age of seven,
continuing at the Franz Liszt Academy as a pupil of Lászlo Mezó
of the Bartók Quartet. Winner of the 1986 Popper Violoncello Competition,
after earlier quartet awards, he joined in the same year, the Hungarian State
Symphony Orchestra and has been a member of the Budapest Festival Orchestra
since its foundation.