Péter Tornyai was born in 1987 in Szeged, Hungary. As composer he studied in his native city with Lajos Huszár and then in Budapest with István Fekete Győr. He graduated in 2012 as student of Zoltán Jeney at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest where he also studied violin with István Kertész. His most important chamber music teachers were Balázs Arnóth, Gábor Csalog, János Rolla and Rita Wagner. In 2012-13 he studied with Matteo D’Amico at Santa Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, Italy. In 2013 he started his doctoral (DLA) program at Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music. He is teaching composition and contemporary music at the Liszt Academy since 2015.
As violinist and violist he often plays classical and contemporary music with chamber ensembles such as THReNSeMBle, Ludium Ensemble (specialized in Kurtág’s music), Rondo Quartet, Classicus Ensemble (Artist in Residence of Central European University), Qaartsiluni Ensemble.
Since 2013 he is the artistic director of the Anima Musicae Contemporary Music Workshop, founding member of CentriFUGA contemporary music corporation and Hermina Gallery – art and music group.
He was participant of the masterclasses and seminars of Gyula Csapó, Johannes Schöllhorn, Nigel Osborne, Krzysztof Penderecki, Larry Polansky, Louis Andriessen, Fabio Nieder, Marc André, Péter Eötvös, Luca Francesconi, Heinz Holliger and Kim Kashkashian. His pieces were performed by e.g. JACK Quartet, Stadler Quartet, Benyounes Quartet, Kelemen Quartet, UMZE, Hungarian Radio Symphonic Orchestra in Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Romania, Austria (in Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Vienna), Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Finland, USA and New Zealand.