As slang is popular in the French language, the disciples and young composers gathered around the professor of organ at the Conservatoire de Paris were just referred to as the „bande à Franck”, i.e. Franck's band by their contemporaries. César Franck was born in Liège in Belgium. Initially he had planned to be a pianist, then he was seduced by the organ and composing. His Prelude, Choral et Fugue written in 1884 will also be performed by Balázs Fülei at his solo recital in Brussels on March 6th, among other pieces by Liszt, Bartók and Kodály.
INDIA FOR THE FIFTH TIME
During recent years Balázs Fülei has been invited to India four times. He has performed in Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Dehradun. He has given a solo recital, has played with an orchestra and has held several masterclasses. This March he is preparing for another concert tour with an itinerary including Delhi, Kolkata and Bangalore this time. The programme will consist of masterclasses and solo recitals, based mainly on pieces by Hungarian composers.
BARTÓK AND FOLK MUSIC - IN ISRAEL
It will be the first time for the Israeli audience to listen to Bartók's piano pieces and their authentic folk music origins at a joint concert given by Muzsikás Folk Ensemble and Balázs Fülei on March 24th. The venue of the concert will be one of the most renowned concert halls of the country in the recently created ELMA Arts Complex built in the seaside resort Zichron Yaakov, within an hour's drive from Tel Aviv.
WHAT IS A PIANO CAPABLE OF?
What components does the instrument consist of? How many parts can be played on it? How can it tell us a story, how can it evoke ringing bells, tweeting birds, splashing waters and heaving billows? Is sound really just a hit on a string? What was a piano - i.e. its predecessor - capable of in the past? And what is a pianist capable of, not even knowing what the next moment may bring as he is just improvising? All these questions will be raised on March 26th at Balázs Fülei's concert at the Liszt Academy with Péter Sárik jazz pianist as a guest artist.
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