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Flute Concert

Balassi Institute - Hungarian Cultural Center, New York and The New York Flute Club present renowned Hungarian flutist Gergely Ittzés who will perform at the Engelman Recital Hall Baruch Performing Arts Center (55 Lexington Avenue -entrance on E. 25th Street- New York, NY) with Hiroko Sasaki pianist on November 10 at 5.30PM.

Program
Sonata in C Minor, BWV 1017 - Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
Sonata in E Minor, KV 304 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
Caprice No. 24 - Nicolò Paganini (1782–1840)
Sonata in G Minor - Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
Two pieces for flute solo - László Lajtha (1892-1963)
Partita - Anthony Newman (b. 1941)
Totem - Gergely Ittzés, (b. 1969)
Sonata - Willem Pijper (1894–1947)

Artists

Hungarian Gergely Ittzés is one of the most proactive personalities of the flute scene. A researcher of the flute and a composer of many experimental flute works, he applies up-to-date flute techniques, especially polyphonic playing to his music, with the intention of connecting the contemporary with the traditional. His large repertoire includes the important works written for his instrument and a number of rare compositions from today as well as centuries past. In addition to classical and modern music, jazz and free improvisation have influenced his musical idiom.
Ittzés performed and led master classes around the world, including Brazil, the United States, Canada, China, Japan and many European countries. He was the first to perform Anthony Newman’s Flute Concerto, which was composed for him, at the Budapest Spring Festival in 2004. He has performed at many major flute festivals, including those in Beijing, Brazília, Paris, New York, Manchester, and Freiburg. Ittzés is an active soloist, chamber musician, and a member of the UMZE Chamber Ensemble (with which he performed in Carnegie Hall in 2009).  He is also the founder of the TeTraVERSI flute quartet. Ittzés has won many national and international competition prizes, including the Grand Prix of the 2nd Aleksander Tansman International Competition for Musical Personalities in Poland, and such national distinctions as the Franz Liszt Award and the Lajtha Award.
Ittzés holds a doctorate from the Budapest Franz Liszt Academy. His dissertation is entitled The Role of Polyphonic Thinking in Flute Playing. After graduating, Ittzés spent a year at the international Prague Mozart Academy then a few months at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada where he completed and recorded his large-scale work Vision Pit for four flutes. He participated in numerous master classes with András Adorján, Michel Debost, Michael Faust, Jean-Claude Gérard, István Matuz, Auréle Nicolet, Carol Wincenc, and others. In 1998 and 1999 he was supported by the Annie Fischer Grant offered for promising young soloists.
Ittzés has recorded more than a dozen CDs, including Hungarian contemporary music, his own works, violin transcriptions, less-known repertoires such as Pierre-Max Dubois, Eugéne Walckiers, Boccherini and the complete works of Sigfrid Karg-Elert. His new recording project, entitled The Great Book of Flute Sonatas, is a work in progress and includes more than thirty pieces of significant flute sonatas from music history.
Currently a professor at the Széchenyi University in GyAAAA‘r, Ittzés is the editor of various flute publications, composed or transcribed by himself or others. His piece Totem, commissioned by the American National Flute Association for their 2012 Young Artist Competition, won the NFA Newly Published Music competition in 2013. As the result of his research on the multiphonic capabilities of the flute he published the software Flouble in 2012 (www.flouble.com).

Hiroko Sasaki has established a successful career as recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist. Sasaki’s concert debut in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall prompted Harris Goldsmith of the New York Concert Review to declare her “a true artist at work.” Musical America praised the same concert for its “exquisite proportion and rare poetic understatement.” The Washington Post has acclaimed her “radiant playing,” and the 2004 Musical America singled her out as one of the world’s most outstanding young musicians. 
Sasaki continues to perform extensively as recitalist and chamber musician in England, Scotland, Taiwan, France, Hungary, Switzerland, Canada and the U.S.  She gives annual recitals in Carnegie’s Weill Hall and makes frequent tours of Japan.
She has regularly performed chamber music in festivals such as the Budapest Spring Festival, the Huddington Festival, theYehudi Menuhin Festival, Tanglewood, Taos, Banff, Tel Hai, Richmond, and L'Academie Musicale de Villecroze, where she won a career-development grant. She is currently a member of the Amadeus Trio, which performs regularly throughout the United States. She has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, the Budapest Chamber Orchestra, and members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. 
Sasaki left Japan at age 13 to attend the Yehudi Menuhin School in England, and soon after made her European debut.  At 16, she entered the Curtis Institute, where she studied with Leon Fleisher, graduating in 1994.  She later earned a Master of Music degree with Mr. Fleisher from the Peabody Conservatory, and an Artist Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Her teachers have included Marc Durand, Yoheved Kaplisnky, Gilbert Kalish, and Sophia Rosoff. She is currently on the faculty of the Bard College Conservatory of Music.

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