Event Information:

  • Wed

    Kálmán Dráfi Piano Recital

    19:30Liszt Academy Grand Hall


    Liszt: Harmonies poétiques et religieuses – 7. Funérailles
    Liszt: Liebesträume
    Chopin: Twenty-Four Preludes, Op. 28 – No. 1 in C major, No. 4 in E minor, No. 15 in D-flat major, No. 17 in A-flat major
    Chopin: Étude in A-flat major, Op. 25/1 (‘Harp’)
    Chopin: Étude in C minor, Op. 10/12 (ʻRevolutionaryʼ)
    Chopin: Waltz in E-flat major, Op. 18
    Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56b
    Debussy: Suite Bergamasque – 3. Clair de lune
    Debussy: L’isle joyeuse
    Rachmaninov: Thirteen Preludes, Op. 32 – No. 5 in G major, No. 12 in G-sharp minor
    Rachmaninov: Ten Preludes, Op. 23 – No. 5 in G minor
    Brahms: Hungarian Dances, WoO 1 – excerpts (arranged by Kálmán Dráfi and János Balázs for Two Pianos)

    Kálmán Dráfi (piano)
    Featuring: János Balázs (piano)

    Liszt Ferenc Prize winner Kálmán Dráfi reaches 65 this year. The career of the pianist, who comes from a multi-generational musical family, is connected to the Liszt Academy in several ways. He completed his degree here between 1969 and 1974, and then he was awarded his doctorate from the university in 2002 with a thesis entitled Dissertation on the musical and technical problems of the piano works of Ferenc Liszt. He has been a teacher at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music since 1977, and since 2011 the head of the keyboard and harp department. The concert programme organized to celebrate his birthday embraces a wide span of music history from Liszt through the works of Chopin, Brahms and Debussy to Rachmaninov, and the appearance of a former student of his, the Kossuth Prize holder János Balázs, similarly promises to be a true treat.

    PRESENTED BY: Liszt Academy Concert Centre

    TICKETS: HUF 1 900, 2 900, 3 900



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 an associate professor at the Liszt Academy Budapest.
His performances can also be enjoyed on several CD, DVD, and television recordings.


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Célébration Cziffra Download

2009 concert critic  Download

Hungarian pianist conquers in his U.S. debut   Download

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