Event Information:

  • Mon

    “Fölszállott a páva” variations from the Carpathian Basin | Pál István Szalonna and his Band, winners of Cziffra Festival’s “Young Talent Award” 

    19:30MOM Cultural Centre



    Bartók: Violin Duos 37,26 - Music from Somogy (Júlia Pusker, Ernő Kállai, Pál István Szalonna and his Band)

    Bartók: Violin Duos 36 - Bagpipe music from Felvidék (Júlia Pusker, Ernő Kállai, Pál István Szalonna and his Band), My mother’s rose tree (music from Kalotaszeg, collected by Bartók in Körösfő) (Eszter Pál, Pál István Szalonna and his Band) Kodály: Kállai kettős (Lilla Horti, Eszter Pál, Pál István Szalonna and his Band)

    Kodály: The Spinning Room (Lilla Horti, Gergely Kovács, Pál István Szalonna and his Band)

    Bartók: Violin Duos 35,32- Rusin and Romanian music from Máramaros (Júlia Pusker, Ernő Kállai, Pál István Szalonna and his Band)

    Bartók: Rhapsody No.1 (Ernő Kállai, Gergely Kovács) 


    Bartók: Rhapsody No.2 (Júlia Pusker, Pál István Szalonna, Gergely Kovács)

    Kodály: Dances from Galánta and its roots - music from Felvidék (Pál István Szalonna and his Band)

    Bartók: For Children 1st and 2nd series (Eszter Pál, Gergely Kovács)

    Bartók: Violin Duos 17,18- Music from the upper-Tisza region (Júlia Pusker, Ernő Kállai, Pál István Szalonna and his Band), Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances (Júlia Pusker, Pál István Szalonna and his Band)

    Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.14. - folk music from the era (János Balázs, Pál István Szalonna and his Band)

    Host: Szilvia Becze

    (Organised jointly by Cziffra Festival and MOMkult)

    Key supporter: MVM

    This concert was supported, in line with the Government decree 1290/ 2020. (VI.5) related to cultural institutions, in order to ease the economic difficulties caused by the Covid19 pandemic.


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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