Meeting a marvel. The 32 piano sonatas written by Ludwig van Beethoven, who was born 250 years ago, together comprise one of the most significant works of art created in the history of music, one that reinterpreted the relationship between the genre and the instrument, wrapping up the development of the Classical piano sonata form and opening the way toward Romanticism. Over the course of nine concerts to be held over two days, Müpa Budapest will present the audience with all 32 personal testaments in the order they were created, with the procession of 32 different performers also serving as a celebration of the storied and internationally renowned Hungarian school of piano playing.
In addition to teaching at the Liszt Academy, Széchenyi István University and the University of Miskolc, Balázs Réti has played concerts all over the world, in venues ranging from Berlin's Konzerthaus to the Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara, the Knights' House of Wartburg Castle and Jakarta's Balai Sarbini. Bringing his virtuosity, sensitive rubatos and improvisational performance style to play the Appassionata, one of the grandest and most iconic of the 32 sonatas, will be Liszt Award- and Kossu...th Prize-winner János Balázs, a musician who always captivates the audience. Balázs Demény is one of the outstanding talents of the younger generation of pianists and the victor of the Ile-de-France and Lagny-sur-Marne international piano competitions in 2017 and 2018, respectively. In 2015, he recorded an album of works by Schumann and Bartók at the Budapest Music Center, which followed his 2011 solo album Liszt Memorial Year. Ildikó Rozsonits is the youngest performer at the Beethoven Sonata Weekend: the 14-year-old pianist attends the Liszt Academy's School for Exceptional Young Talents and in recent years has won a host of Hungarian and European competitions in her age category. And just like Krisztián Kocsis on the first day, on the second, Fülöp Ránki too will evoke a great family tradition, as the young musician represents the same inspiration and exigency in his playing as his world-renowned father Dezső Ránki.
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
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