A reverberating stage phenomenon who is able to address the audience and hold their attention till the last minute of the concert – emphasized the papers after one of his tours in India. This has been ascertained by audiences in Hungary and also all around the world: he is not an inaccessible artist existing in supreme heights but a man of flesh and blood who can bring composers and pieces closer to his listeners by having them filtered through his own personality. Capitalising on his excellent communication skills he is invited more and more times to non-traditional concerts as well, where he will present the pieces chosen to be played by telling some stories, projecting pictures, citing quotations from poems- involving his audience. Besides these he would like to familiarize concert goers with his instrument. In a new series of his programs it will turn out what the piano can do, what the pianist is able to do and what happens in the fortunate case when these two meet and interact.
”Wherever he appears, knowledge, artistic conscience and inspiration will be embodied on stage.”
(Muzsika, March 2014)
Important stages of his professional life include the Grand Hall of the Liszt Academy and Müpa (Palace of Arts) in Budapest, The Konzerthaus in Vienna, The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Carnegie Hall in New York where he made his debut recital in 2008. In the past few years he gave a very successful solo concert at the Kioi Hall in Tokyo and in the NCPA, the biggest concert hall is Mumbai as well. He performs at prestigious festivals such as the Festival Radio France Montpellier, the Miami Piano Festival and the Schwetzinger Festspiele. He has worked together with several Hungarian and foreign symphonic orchestras, he has appeared in solo- and orchestral concerts in almost every country of Europe and also in Israel, in the USA, in Australia, in China, India and Japan. In 2017 he was awarded the Liszt Prize.
”Mr. Fülei is a Bartók performer of calibre, he approaches characters markedly, makes authentic paces, dares to depart from the enshrined interpretations of the Hungarian Bartók performer practice, which bespeaks of great courage and advanced sovereignty.”
(Élet és Irodalom, February 2015)
Although he is one of the most authentic performers of Bartók’s work, thanks to his interest and openness he draws on all periods of time. There are more than thirty concertos on his repertoire, which include all the piano concertos of Beethoven, Brahms and Bartók. He was one of the most sought-after performers in the Memorial Year of Franz Liszt in 2011. There is a network of unique connections on his concert programmes and he would write the brochures for the concerts himself. Due to the wide range of his repertoire and his spirit of initiative he is often called as a substitute artist.
He has work connection with several Hungarian composers and he is credited with premieres and radio recordings.
His solo albums released so far with the works of Bartók and Grieg in 2013 and in 2015 Brahms, Beethoven, Debussy and András Gábor Virágh’s pieces connected to the Moon theme.
He has been teaching at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music since 2012 and he has been the Head of the Department of Chamber Music since 2015. Besides teaching at the Academy of Music he has held several masterclasses – at the TCU University of Texas, as well as in India, China and Israel – and he is being called to other universities because according to feedback the electrical current does not only work wonderfully between stage and audience but in the classroom as well.
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