János Balázs piano recital

Whoever has heard János Balázs play only once in their life must have had a highly impressive and unique concert experience since the pianist has a great knack for reaching the audience and making the distance between performer and listener fade away. He achieves this by – besides his fascinating technique – the delicate subtlety of his performance, the spellbinding colourfulness of his tones and the incredible limitlessness of his dynamic scope. His concerts enlisting the repertoire of the 19th-century Golden Age take us on time travel: beyond being able to re-create the intimate atmosphere of the period’s great composers and pianists, such as Franz Liszt, János Balázs also revives the Romantic traditions himself with his own arrangements, transcriptions and fascinating improvisations. It is, therefore, no coincidence that he is a returning guest artist of Europe’s top-ranking concert halls and that he has collected nearly all professional and state decorations of his home country as well as the title Young Steinway Artist and the state award of Poland for performing Chopin’s complete piano works. In 2016, he launched the György Cziffra Festival, dedicated to preserving the intellectual and musical legacy of his great role model. In a repertoire also inherited from Cziffra, János Balázs reveals the very best of his skills and the most profound layers of his musicianship: in Liszt’s lyrically sensitive works and concert pieces with a Hungarian touch and his Schubert, Albeniz, and Ponce re-arrangements, regardless whether it is a contemporary piece or János Balázs’ own breathtakingly true, yet unique and honest arrangement.

A joint event of the Hungarian Academy in Rome and the György Cziffra Memorial Year.

Programme

Liszt: Les jeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este,

Liszt: Ave Maria (Les Cloches de Rome),

Schubert-Balázs: Marche Militiare,

Ponce-Balázs: Estrellita,

Delibes-Balázs: Coppelia paraphrases,

Liszt: Spanish Rhapsody,

Albeniz-Balázs: Tango,

Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6

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