Pal Banda was born into a musical family in Budapest. At the Franz Liszt Academy of Music he studied with his father, Ede Banda as well as György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados. A British council Scholarship took him to Prussia Cove where he had further studies with Ralph Kirshbaum.
In 1982 Pal received a commendation on the Moscow International Tchaikovsky Competition and the following year won the 1st prize on the Popper Competition at the Liszt Academy, Budapest. In 1983 Pal was invited by Sandor Vegh to become Principal Cello in the Camerata Academica, Salzburg. In 1984 he became a member of The Chamber Orchestra of Europe. As a soloist he has performed in Hungary (for Radio and TV) as well as France, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Austria, UK and Singapore, and was member of several ensembles including the Fitzwilliam Quartet and the Katin Piano Trio. He was cellist of the Allegri String Quartet from 1998-2008.
Pal teaches at the Purcell School and has given master classes in the USA, Greece, Singapore, France, Portugal, Norway, Denmark, Hungary and England and was one of the directors of the Paxos International Festival from 1999-2004. He is also regularly invited as adjudicator and examiner.
Recent chamber concerts include violin-cello duo recitals with Zsuzsa Berenyi at the Paxos Festival, at Limerick University and the National Gallery in Budapest as well as appearances with the Kodaly and the Maggini Quartets as ‘extra’ cello. In 2012 he became the cellist of the English Piano Trio. Pal plays on a cello that was once owned by the Eszterházy family.