Tue18Aug202019:30Liszt Academy Grand Hall
JÁNOS BALÁZS & HUNGARIAN NATIONAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA | Rachmaninov's Entire Piano Concertos/1
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp minor, Op. 1
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
János Balázs (piano)
Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Charles Olivieri-Munroe
Concertos by Rachmaninov form core elements of the classical piano repertoire. János Balázs and Zsolt Hamar, leader of the Hungarian National Philharmonic, perform these masterpieces over two consecutive evenings, complementing them with virtuoso Paganini variations. The opening work is the young Rachmaninov’s first large-scale composition, which he significantly revised in 1917 in the midst of the revolutionary fervour. In its final form the piece retains its youthful dynamism and brightness, yet it also bears traces of the mature, experienced master. The sweeping success of the second piano concerto was the event that helped Rachmaninov climb out of the depression that had afflicted him for years. The continued popularity of the piece is not coincidental: the purified structure, the organic and economical use of music raw material, and the moving lyricism rightly place it on a pedestal. The variation series processing the legend of the ‘Devil’s violinist’ Paganini in a narrative mode introduces us to one of the most outstanding figures of late Romanticism in his full artistic maturity.
Tickets and season tickets purchased for May 29th 2020 are valid for this concert.
PRESENTED BY: Liszt Academy Concert Centre, Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra
TICKETS: HUF 5 100, 6800, 8 500, 10 200, 11 900
János Balázs, one of the most successful and acclaimed pianists in classical music in Hungary, is renowned for his performances in the world’s most prestigious concert venues. He is one of the few artists equally loved by audiences, fellow professionals, and music critics. In 2019, at the age of 31, Mr. Balázs was awarded Hungary’s highest cultural award, the Kossuth Prize, following in the footsteps of revered Hungarian artists such as András Schiff, György Ligeti and Iván Fischer. Also in 2019 he became Steinway Artist.
He has performed with soloists and conductors such as Mischa Maisky, Tamás Vásáry, Jose Cura, Stéphane Denéve, Vadim Repin, Pinchas Steinberg, Jukka Iisakkila, Charles-Olivier Munroe, Roger Bausier, David Mathues, Gwendolyn Masin, and István Várdai and has played concerts with the Brussels Philharmonic, the Dortmund Philharmonic, the Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Nagoya Symphonic Orchestra, the Zagreb Radio Orchestra, the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
In the last few years Mr. Balázs gave concerts to great public acclaim in the Bozar (Brussels), the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Konzerthaus (Vienna), the Palau de Musica (Barcelona), the Barbican (London), the Cologne Philharmonie, and the Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Moscow).
Mr. Balázs is a regular soloist in ’The Piano’ concert series in Budapest, which also features Grigory Sokolov, Evgeni Koroliov, Nikolai Lugansky, and Arcadi Volodos, among others. His solo concerts and concert series offer a unique experience for his audiences. His three innovative series ‟Three Portraits of János Balázs,” ‟Three Portraits of the Piano,” and ‟PianOpera” have drawn enthusiastic crowds.
He is one of the few classical musicians who is willing and able to improvise at live concerts.
Born in Budapest in 1988, Mr. Balázs earned his degree from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. In 2011 he played all works composed for the piano by Chopin in a series of 16 concerts, receiving a national honour from the Polish government for the achievement. He has won six international piano competitions among others the Aspen Concerto Competition, also in 2011. During the 2013/2014 concert season, Mr. Balázs received an award as Rising Star Artist of the Season in competition against musicians from 19 countries. This award launched a tour of the greatest concert halls of Europe, organised by the ECHO network (European Concert Hall Organisation).
In 2015 he received the Liszt Ferenc Award, the highest national honour bestowed on musicians by the Hungarian government. At the end of the same year he received the Gramofon Award for Hungarian Classical Music. The following year he founded the Georges Cziffra Festival in homage to his idol. The festival has since blossomed into one of the most prestigious classical music events in Hungary. Since 2017 he has been a member of the jury of ’Virtuosi’ a classical music talent show broadcast by Hungarian television.
He is member of the Hungarian Art Academy. Since 2019 he has been a piano professor at the Liszt Academy Budapest.
His performances can also be enjoyed on several CD, DVD, and television recordings.