LISZT PRIZE FOR BALÁZS FÜLEI
The Liszt Prize, the highest recognition int he field of music by the Hungarian state was awarded to Balázs Fülei for his outstanding artistic performance handed over to him by Zoltán Balog, the Minister of Human Capacities and Dr. Péter Hoppál, the Secretary of State for Culture at the ceremony held on the occasion of March 15th.
BARTÓK, THE PIANIST
A few of Bartók's contemporaries like Rahmaninoff, Debussy or Schönberg have had a huge oeuvre as pianists; however, none of them had such an intense relationship with the piano as Bartók: he was giving concerts for 50 years for audiences in 22 countries at his 645 concerts. He was glad to include the works by Purcell, Zipoli, Beethoven, Liszt, Ravel, as well as pieces by himself, in his programmes. Balázs Fülei's solo recital on April 28th at the Solti Hall of the Liszt Academy will revive such an imaginary concert with pieces Bartók was also regularly playing at his concerts.
On November 14th of 1828 Felix Mendelssohn surprised his sister Fanny, celebrating her 23rd birthday on that day, with a piece for piano composed in E flat major, with the title: Song Without Words. Later on, altogether eight volumes were published under this title, each consisting of six pieces. Two of them will be played by Balázs Fülei at his solo recital on April 10th at the Klebelsberg Kultúrkúria, Budapest within the series of ”Masterconcerts”. No words are needed for other works included in the programme either; some openness is enough to enjoy the pieces by Schubert, Liszt, Schumann, Grieg, Bartók and Kodály.
THE SILENCE OF THE MUSES, THE VOICE OF THE MUSES
”Our soldier in 1918 was obviously the victim of the worldwide conflict of the time, even if the performance remained neutral from other aspects. The Soldier's Tale is my only stage work that has contemporary references.” – recalled the old Stravinsky his play, The Soldier's Tale. The trio version of this work will be performed by Balázs Fülei with Dávid Pintér and Balázs Rumy, as well as Janáček's Sonata for violin and piano composed in 1914 with Ernő Kállai, and then Fauré's Sonata No. 1 with Tamás Zétényi on April 16th at a concert in Pesti Vigadó, within the programme of the Budapesti Spring Festival called 'The Silence of the Muses – The Voice of the Muses' reviving pieces conceived in the shadow of First World War.
SPRING CONCERT TOUR IN HUNGARY WITH MUZSIKÁS
What could Bartók hear during his collecting tours? What songs, motives and musical instruments could leave their traces in his soul, his mind and later in his works? And which tunes could influence Kodály? An exciting and buoyant performance will give you all the answers at the concert of Muzsikás Ensemble and Balázs Fülei titled 'Allegro Barbaro' when folk music and piano pieces by Bartók and Kodály will be played, complementing and intensifying each other. The concert tour will start on April 7th in Debrecen, then the audience will have the opportunity to listen to Allegro Barbaro in sixteen Hungarian cities until the end of June.
HOMO HUNGARICUS 3
Where can the BTC-haired girl be in this moment? (BTC = abbreviation for Budapest Transport Company - the translator) – asks János Lackfi in his book 'Homo Hungaricus 3' making joke of a few similar notions comprehensible mainly in Hungarian culture. János Lackfi will read exerpts from the third volume of his Homo Hungaricus series which, according to the author, mainly consists of horror stories – while Balázs Fülei will play works by Hungarian composers at their third joint evening on April 5th at Óbudai Társaskör, Budapest.
SOLO RECITAL AND MASTERCLASS IN SPAIN
At the invitation of XII Forum Internacional de Música de Orihuela Balázs Fülei will have a solo recital and a four-day masterclass in Orihuela, Spain at the International Music Forum arranged by the Pedro Terol Conservatory of Music between April 17 - 21.
„TALENT AND CHARISMA”
The Statesman, the prestigious Indian daily newspaper has made an interview with Balázs Fülei during his fifth concert tour in India.
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