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The cello has been enjoying a period of sustained popularity as a solo instrument, yet cello duos are just as rare as pieces written or transcribed for two cellos. The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany and Balassi Institute Hungarian Cultural Center have teamed up to bring two excellent cellists performing a selection of pieces by German, Austrian and Hungarian composers to New York City. Csaba Onczay, winner of First Prize at the International Pablo Casals Cello Competition, former visiting professor of cello at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, renowned soloist and founding member of several chamber music orchestras will be performing with his son, Zoltán Onczay, a former soloist of the International Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, Yamaha-fellow and currently artistic director of the Turmsaal concerts in Mannheim, Germany where he plays with the Mannheim Chamber Orchestra. Together, they are the ensemble DuOnCelly, a formation that has been featured in concert houses in Europe, Asia and South-America. The duo are currently preparing for their first joint concerts in the United States.The program of their March 13th concert at the German Consulate General features selections that use the strength of the two cellos to showcase composers from J S Bach to the Kodály-disciple Kamilló Lendvay, who composed a piece for two cellos dedicated to the father-son duo. Spanning eras and styles from the baroque to the very contemporary, the concert features both pieces written for this instrumentation and expert transcriptions including a few by Csaba Onczay himself. The concert occurs right around several important anniversaries: the upcoming birthday of Bach and the recent 130th anniversary of Zoltán Kodály whose solo sonata for cello was masterfully interpreted by Csaba Onczay, earning him the Kossuth Prize, the highest honour accorded to artists by the Hungarian government. The one-night only performance will permit both casual fans of classical music and cello aficionados to experience the unique sound of the duo and enjoy the expert delivery by two accomplished artists, both among the best cellists in their respective generations.
Central Europe, broadly understood, has been a hub of great classical music for centuries and also a center of musical experimentation. DuOnCelly continues in the vein of these traditions and throws the spotlight on a versatile instrument, lesser known pieces of great composers and some inspiring transcriptions that resonate with the impeccable artistry of the two virtuosos.
Location and time:
German Consulate General
871 UN Plaza (1st Avenue and 49th Street), New York
Wednesday, March 13th at 6:00 p.m.
Free Admission. RSVP required.
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