„Moonlight and Dreaming” – János Balázs
16 January 2016 7.30 p.m. – Great Hall of the Liszt Academy
„MVM Concerts – The Piano in-1” 1.
„Moonlight and Dreaming” – János Balázs (piano)
Beethoven: Sonata in C sharp minor, No. 14 Op. 27/2 (Moonlight), Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op. 15,
Chopin: Barcarolle, Op. 60, Rachmaninoff–Horowitz–Balázs: Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36
János Balázs was born in 1988. In 2002, he entered the School for Specially Talented Children at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest. His career began at the age of 16, when he won the First Prize of the International Liszt Competition in Pécs, Hungary.
In the following years he won 4 more international music competitions and played in European cities like Budapest (Palace of Arts), Paris (Salle Pleyel), Senlis, Rome, Milano, London, Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart, Bucharest, Zagreb, Helsinki, Wien (Bösendorfer Saal, Yamaha Saal) Graz, and Cairo (Opera House). He has toured in Japan 4 times (Tokio, Nagoya, Gifu, Yokohama, Sendai), and performs regularly in the US, among others in New York, Washington (DC), Chicago, Los Angeles, Albany (NY) and Aspen. He recorded 3 complete Liszt CDs, one in Hungary and the other two in Tokyo and London. In 2010 he played all the piano pieces and concertos written by Chopin in a unique concert tour in Hungary, for which he received an Award from the Polish Government. In the same year he recorded his 4th CD, with Chopin's pieces. In August 2011 János Balázs won the First Prize in the International Piano Competition in Aspen, USA, then the Third Prize in the greatest piano competition, the Liszt Competition in Hungary, so he became the most rewarded Hungarian pianist. In November 2011 he received the Junior Prima Prize which is one of the highest-ranking awards in Hungary. Early 2012 he was awarded the KLASSZ Talent Prize in Budapest, Hungary, which involved the release of the 5th CD.
Concerts in 2013/2014:
Konzerthaus Wien, Barbican Centre London, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Cité de la Musique Paris, Town Hall & Symphony Hall Birmingham, Megaron – The Athens Concert Hall, Kölner Philharmonie, Palau de la Música Catalana, Stockholms Konserthus, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Bozar Brussels ...