Miklós Spányi (Budapest, Hungary) studied organ and harpsichord at the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy in his native city with Ferenc Gergely and János Sebestyén. He continued his studies at the Royal Flemish Conservatory (Koninklijk Vlaams Muziekconservatorium) in Antwerp with Jos van Immerseel and the Hochschule für Music in Munich with Hedwig Bilgram.
Spányi has won first prize at international harpsichord competitions in Nantes (1984) and Paris (1987). He has given concerts in most European countries as a soloist on five historical keyboard instruments (organ, harpsichord, fortepiano, clavichord, and tangent piano) and has played continuo with various chamber music groups and orchestras. Furthermore, he has been the artistic director of the Hungarian baroque orchestra Concerto Armonico Budapest since its foundation in 1983. Between 2006 and 2009 he was the artistic director of the Finnish early music group Ensemble OpusX. Also, he has recorded an extensive discography for different labels as a soloist and with orchestra. Miklós Spányi is also appreciated as an improviser and composer.
For some years Miklós Spányi's work as a performer and researcher has been focused on the oeuvre of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. Today he is one of the world’s most acknowledged C.P.E.Bach scholars and performers. For the Swedish label BIS he has recorded C.P.E.Bach’s complete keyboard concertos as well as his complete solo keyboard music. Hungaroton Records has launched the series Tangent Piano Collection with Miklós Spányi, mostly featuring chamber music with tangent piano. For Könemann Music Budapest Miklós Spányi has edited several volumes of C.P.E.Bach’s solo keyboard works. Also, he has worked intensively to revive C.P.E. Bach's favourite keyboard instrument, the clavichord.
Miklós Spányi has taught at the Oulu Conservatoire and the Sibelius Academy in Finland between 1990 and 2012. Currently he is associated as a teacher with the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Mannheim, Germany, with the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary, and with the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. He has given masterclasses in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, France, Portugal, Hungary, and Finland.