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  • Sat
    28
    Nov
    2020

    Beethoven Days with Concerto Budapest No 2. | In Honour of Annie Fischer

    19:30Liszt Academy Grand Hall

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    BEETHOVEN: Egmont Overture, op. 84
    BEETHOVEN: Concerto for Violin, Cello and Piano in C major, op. 56
    BEETHOVEN: Symphony No.7 in A major, op. 92

    Featuring: Anthony Marwood violin, Miklós Perényi cello, János Balázs piano, Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra
    Conductor: András Keller

    At this Beethoven Days concert dedicated to the memory of Annie Fischer, András Keller brings three exemplary Beethoven works and three great instrumental soloists to our attention. The heroic Egmont Overture, forever in Hungarian minds arousing memories of 1956, was finalized in 1810: it was written for the historical drama by Goethe and the music quickly became more popular than the play. The solo parts for the three-movement Triple Concerto in C major (the debut of which was in 1808) are played by two of the finest musicians in Hungarian music today, Miklós Perényi and János Balázs, joined by the superb British violinist Anthony Marwood, much sought-after globally as both concert soloist and chamber musician. Symphony No. 7 in A major written between 1811-1812 was first performed in public at the grand hall of Vienna University on 8 December 1813, under the baton of the composer who by that time, as deafness encroached, largely relied on sight alone. The second movement, the Allegretto, a piece of music often employed in films, immediately had to be encored at this first concert.

Biography

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.

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Hungarian pianist conquers in his U.S. debut   Download

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