Born in Győr, Hungarian pianist Ervin Nagy started his musical studies relatively late, at the age of 11. In spite of the late beginning-or because of that- his interest in music was extremely wide ranging. His first instrument was the piano, soon after he started learning organ and accordion and later the clarinet. A few years later composition became the primary area of his studies. When entering the Conservatory of Music in Győr he was studying piano and composition -simultaneously.

In 1982 he received first prize at the National Piano Competition for Young Pianists, in Békéstarhos.

Two years later he was admitted to the prestigious F. Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, studying both, piano and composition. His teachers were György Kurtág, György Nádor and Sándor Szokolay. He also studied with V. Mersianov, J. Achucarro, D.Bashkirov and Tamás Vásáry at various courses in Russia, Italy and Spain.

His performing carrier started after winning third prize at the Porto International Piano Competition in Portugal. Just months later he was the soloist of Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto, playing with the Pécs Symphony Orchestra and conductor Howard Williams.

Within months of the Rachmaninoff performance he received a scholarship established by Van Cliburn, which enabled Nagy to study further at Texas Christian University in the United States. In the following three years he participated in a large number of master classes, while continuing to performing all over the United States and Europe. During this busy period he studied with Arie Vardy, Christopher Elton, Andre Watts, Jose Feghali and Norma Fisher.

In 1990 he received first prize at Hemphill Wells Sorantin International Music Competition in San Angelo, Texas and the following year he recived 1st prize at Oklahoma Symphony International Concerto Competition, two month later at Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition, in California he was the winner of the London Performance award, and City of Palm Desert Award. The next competition he entered was in 1992, the Ima Hogg National Music Auditions in Houston, he received 3rd Prize.

After returning to Europe, he was based both, in Budapest and Salzburg for nearly 8 years. During these years his solo, chamber music and ensembles work developed and matured. Nagy has performed in most countries in Europe, the USA and Japan. Through his teaching in both, Budapest and Salzburg, his composition work was temporarily a neglected area among his many activities.

In 2000 he was appointed as assistant lecturer at the Liszt Academy. The following year he received a commission from Digital Reality (an internationally known Hungarian game developer), to join its music team for the company’s next production. As an opportunity to start composing again he immediately jumped at the offer. Shortly after that he has established with his colleague a music studio, called Newtex Productions, in which they have  to date created a large number of soundtracks for games, documentaries, and cartoons, receiving wide acclaim by the international press.

He has performed at city venues worldwide, eg: Great Hall of the Liszt Academy, Budapest; Carnegie Hall, New York; Symphony Hall Stockholm, Symphony Hall Kanazawa, Symphony Hall Sapporo, Oji Hall, Tokyo; St John’s Smith Square, London, Michael House Centre, Cambridge; Schloss Mirabell, Salzburg, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC;…

He has worked together with such musicians as Kristóf Baráti, Tibor Benyi, Sharon Bezaly, Péter Eötvös, Werner Hink, Zoltán Kocsis, Tamás Vásáry, Howard Williams, Pieter Wispelwey, and played with leading Orchestras in Europe, USA and Japan.

Presently Nagy lives in the United Kingdom.