She was born in Hungary where she graduated in conducting and piano performance at the Bela Bartok Conservatory (Budapest) and she completed her modern piano degree at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music (Budapest) in 2007. During these years the focus of her interest gradually turned to the authentic interpretation on period instruments and studied fortepiano and harpsichord with David Ward (England), later at the Royal Conservatory of Amsterdam and The Hague under the direction of Fabio Bonizzoni, Menno van Delft and Bart van Oort.
She often performes at the biggest early music festivals and has given concerts all over Europe and in Japan. Beside giving solo recitals and playing chamber music she has a number of invitations as a soloist by orchestras, and currently working on several musicological research as well as in baroque and classical opera projects as a continuo player.
In 2010 she won the first prize and the special public prize at the International Fortepiano Competition in Bruges (Belgium) which is the biggest competition in this field and she also got the national Junior Prima Primissima award of Hungary as an outstanding young artist.
She has been appointed to the Professorship in Early Keyboards at the University of North Texas where she starts teaching in the fall of 2013.
Petra is in the team of the Young Artists of the Accademia Europea Villa Bossi in Bodio – Varese, Italy.
Personal page of Petra Somlai http://www.petrasomlai.com/