He learned to play the clarinet in a virtuoso manner as a young child and won the Hungarian “Music School Competition” by the age of 12. Inspired by his music-loving parents, Bolla soon discovered jazz for himself and started to play the saxophone. A career as a child prodigy followed: After only six months of practicing, Robert Maloschik from public Hungarian radio discovered Bolla and started to support him. Bolla got to play with the great Hungarian jazz artists and was invited to Getxo Jazz Festival in Bilbao, Spain. During this time, he also met his musical soul mate – the classically educated pianist Robert Lakatos “We are like brothers” Bolla comments his professional relationship to Lakatos.
Montreux Jazz Festival in 2003.
In 2004 Bolla was honored as “Talent of the Year” at the Hans Koller awards.
Avignon Festival in 2005
In April 2011 German newspaper “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” praised Bolla as “An improvisator of overwhelming individuality”.