We would like, even during this extraordinary situation, for the Müpa Budapest audience to still be able to encounter the world's most outstanding and thrilling artists each evening - this time in their own homes. It is precisely for this reason that we will open Müpa Budapest's virtual concert hall and auditoriums - each night at the familiar times - by providing access to a single unforgettable performance from past years.
The performance will be broadcasted on our website and YouTube channel.
Liszt was an incredibly multi-faceted composer, creating works in the genres of opera, oratorio, choral music, songs, symphonic music and concertos. However, the most personal field of his creative activity was his wealth of material composed for piano. It should be no surprise that the greatest piano vi...rtuoso of his era had such a close affinity with his instrument. During Müpa Budapest and the Budapest Festival Orchestra's joint Liszt-Berlioz Marathon, we can enjoy a selection of these compositions performed by Gergely Bogányi.
Gergely Bogányi began playing the piano when he was four years old, winning competitions even as a young child. In his teenage years, he was accepted into the preparatory class for the Liszt Academy in Budapest as a special talent. He would go on to study not only in the Liszt Academy itself but also at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and Indiana University Bloomington. The following teachers played a vital role in the development of his play: Klára Máthé, Zsuzsa Esztó, László Baranyay, György Sebők and Matti Raekallio. From a young age, Gergely has been a firm favourite of Budapest audiences for his Romantic performing style, extraordinary virtuosity and stamina. One of the highlights of his career came at Müpa Budapest during the 2010 Chopin Anniversary Year, when he played each and every solo piano piece by the Polish composer during a two-day concert series. Gergely Bogányi received the Kossuth Prize at 30 years of age, in 2004. His dissatisfaction with the sound of the traditional piano led him to work with a group of constructors to create the Bogányi Piano. During this Liszt-Berlioz Marathon concert, he will perform four pieces from Liszt's most demanding piano series, Transcendental Etudes, accompanied by two uplifting pieces from Années de pèlerinage, Les cloches de Genève and the Vallée d'Obermann.
Recording date: 4 February 2021
Presented by: Budapest Festival Orchestra, Müpa Budapest