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Town Hall Festival

Austrian Cultural Forum in collaboration with Peoples' Symphony Concerts present Kristóf Baráti, Hungarian native violinist at New York City's Town Hall (123 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036) on November 3, Sunday at 2pm.
The Concert Program:
Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Minor, Op.23
Brahms: Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major, Op.78
Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major, Op.47  ("Kreutzer")
The Artists:
Kristóf Baráti was born in Budapest, Hungary, but a large part of his childhood was spent in Venezuela. He began his violin studies at the age of five and already from the age of eight he made his first solo performances with the leading Venezuelan orchestras. At the age of eleven he was invited to do a recital in Montpellier in the frame of the prestigious "Festival de Radio France".
His studies continued in Budapest with Miklós Szenthelyi and Vilmos Tátrai in the Franz Liszt Academy of Music. During this period he won the Lipizer Competition in Italy and got second prize in the Long-Thibaud Competition in Paris. In 1997 his career takes a new turn after getting third prize and the audience prize on the highly prestigious "Queen Elisabeth" competition in Brussels, being the youngest finalist.
After this success he redefines his violin technique with Eduard Wulfson, whose knowledge was influenced by great violinists of the 20th century such as Nathan Milstein, Yehudi Menuhin and Henryk Szeryng.
Kristóf Baráti performs in important concert halls around the world with major orchestras and conductors, such as Kurt Masur, Marek Janovski, Jiri Belohlavek, Yuri Bashmet, Yoel Levi, Andrew Manze, Zoltán Kocsis, Iván Fischer, Yuri Temirkanov and Eiji Oue. His chamber music partners have included Natalia Gutman, Gábor Boldoczki, Evgeniy Koroliov, Mario Brunello and Michel Portal. In 2009 and 2010 he recorded the first two Paganini concertos and Bach’s Six Sonatas and Partitas for Solo violin with Berlin Classics.
Kristóf Baráti has received several further prizes in the recent years such as the Elba Festival’s Best Performer, the Prima Prize for classical music in Hungary, and the First Prize of the VI. International Paganini Violin Competition in Moscow, considered one of the most prestigious violin competitions in the world.
Kristóf Baráti plays on the 1703 "Lady Harmsworth" made by Antonio Stradivarius, kindly offered by the Stradivarius Society of Chicago.
Klára Würtz is among the more important pianists to have emerged from the latter decades of the 20th century. Hungarian-born, Amsterdam-based, she has, since the early '90s, made numerous tours of the United States and Canada while also appearing throughout Holland and elsewhere in Europe. If her repertory generally excludes Baroque as well as contemporary music, it is broad still, taking in all the sonatas of Mozart and large chunks of the outputs of Schubert, Schumann,  Chopin,  Liszt,  Bartók, Debussy, and many others.  Würtz has made numerous recordings for a variety of labels, including Brilliant Classics, Regis Records, and Globe.
Würtz was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1965. She was a child prodigy: she first sat down at the piano at age five and soon became an extraordinarily accomplished player. She joined the Hungarian Radio and Television Children's Chorus in the early '70s, not as a singer but to serve as the group's pianist. She soon enrolled at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in her native city where she studied under Zoltán Kocsis,György Kurtág, and Ferenc Rados. She would later attend master classes held by András Schiff in England.
1985 proved to be a breakthrough year for Würtz when she captured first prize in the Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition, a prestigious event held every two years in Seregno, Italy. In 1988, Würtz was a prize winner in another important contest, the Dublin International Piano Competition. By this time her career was firmly established in Europe, though not yet in North America.
In 1991 she began making regular tours of the United States and Canada and soon won over critics and public alike, most particularly at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, and at the Ravinia Festival. Among her first recordings was the 1994 Globe CD of a collection of Bartók works that included the Piano Sonata and the 15 Hungarian Peasant Songs.
Throughout the 1990s and in the new century as well, Würtz remained very active in the concert hall and recording studio. Probably her most significant work has been her Mozart: she has performed the sonatas in numerous concerts and recorded them in a complete set for Brilliant Classics, issued in 2005. Other recordings by her include a 2005 five-disc set on the same label containing a challenging mixture of works by Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, and Rachmaninov. In 2011, she recorded Schubert's Impromptus for Piano Classics.
For tickets please visit: www.pscny.org or call 212-586-4680.

 

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