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Balázs Rumy, Hungarian Clarinetist at Carnegie Hall

Juilliard presents clarinetist Balázs Rumy in his Weill Recital Hall debut on Wednesday, November 13 at 8 PM as part of Juilliard’s 2nd Annual Leo Ruiz Memorial Recital. The program on November 13 features 20th century Eastern European clarinet music inspired by folklore and folksongs with works by Béla Bartók, Juraj Filas, Rezső Kókai, Witold Lutosławski, Bohuslav Martinů, György Orbán, and Leó Weiner. Balázs Rumy, an alumnus of Juilliard, graduated with the School’s Artist Diploma, the highest level performance degree at Juilliard. Mr. Rumy returned to Hungary in the fall of 2012. He is co-principal clarinet of the Dohnányi Orchestra Budafok, and he also is enrolled as a doctoral student at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music. Pianist Deborah Lee, an alumnus of Juilliard, will be joining Mr. Rumy on his recital.


The program features Béla Bartók’s Three Folks Songs from Csík County; Juraj Filas’ Little Slovak Rhapsody; György Orbán’s Sonata Concertante; Leó Weiner’s Ballada; Bohuslav Martinů’s Sonatina; Witold Lutosławski’s Dance Preludes; and Rezső Kókai’s Four Hungarian Dances.
Admission is FREE; tickets will be distributed at the Carnegie Hall Box Office at 7 PM on the day of the concert. For more information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to
On programming his recital, Balázs Rumy writes: “I have chosen this program because I am interested in how different composers from different countries were influenced by folklore and folksongs. At the end of the 19th century, there were initiatives to start collecting folk songs and to research the roots of our music. From then on, folk music started to appear in and influence classical music.” Mr. Rumy is presenting a collection of pieces where traces of Hungarian, Polish, Czech, and Slovak folk music can be found. He adds: “While all Eastern European folk music can sound similar to listeners, there are quite a few subtle differences, both in rhythm and harmony. It’s also intriguing to see the ways in which the composers use different techniques to achieve their goals: while the presence of an actual folksong is obvious in the pieces of Bartók, Filas, and Kókai, the other composers work with the same folkloristic material in a much more hidden way.” 
Balázs Rumy

Recognized for his inspired performances and beautiful tone, Hungarian musician Balázs Rumy has served as principal clarinetist of both the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra in Vienna, Austria and the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland. He has performed with these orchestras in many of the best concert halls in Europe, including Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Vienna’s Musikverein, and Milan’s La Scala. An accomplished chamber musician, Mr. Rumy has performed in chamber music concerts throughout Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, and Hungary, and has played in several international music festivals, including Spain’s Santander International Festival, Germany’s Collegium Musicum in Pommersfelden, and Hungary’s Budapest Autumn Festival. A prizewinner of numerous international competitions, including the 62nd Geneva Competition (2007 Concours de Geneve), the 2009 Carl Nielsen International Competition (Denmark), and the 2010 Giuseppe Tassis Competition (Italy), he participated (through invitation) in the annual conference of the International Clarinet Association in both Japan and in the United States, for three consecutive years. 
Mr. Rumy’s 2013-14 season includes recitals, chamber music and orchestral concerts in Hungary. As the winner of Juilliard’s Leo Ruiz Memorial Recital Award, he will make his Weill Recital Hall Debut in Carnegie Hall on November 13 with pianist Deborah Lee. 
In September 2012, he performed in the ensemble accompanying choreographer Pam Tanowitz’s Fortune, set to composer Charles Wuorinen’s composition by the same name, at New York City Center’s Fall for Dance festival. He gave a recital at the Hungarian Consulate in January 2013, organized by Charlotte White’s Salon de Virtuosi and as a SYLFF Fellow, he traveled to Vienna in April 2013 and to Japan in November 2010 to participate in Juilliard chamber music projects.

Mr. Rumy was born in Székesfehérvár, Hungary in 1983 and studied piano before turning to the clarinet. He holds bachelor of music and master of music degrees from the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, a soloist diploma from the Conservatory of Geneva, Switzerland, and an Artist Diploma from Juilliard. His main professors were Béla Kovács, Thomas Friedli, Romain Guyot, Jean-Michel Bertelli, and Charles Neidich. Additional studies have been at the Tibor Varga Academy in Sion, Switzerland and master classes with Charles Neidich in Weimar, Germany. In the fall of 2012, he moved back to Hungary, where he currently serves as co-principal clarinet of the Dohnányi Orchestra Budafok, and he is enrolled as a doctoral student at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music.
Deborah Lee 
A versatile young concert pianist and chamber musician with an extensive repertoire touching upon five centuries of music, Deborah Lee has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, garnering praise from critics and audiences alike. 
Ms. Lee has performed as soloist with various orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., the Orchèstre de la Suisse Romande, l’Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, the Aspen Concert Orchestra, the Georgetown Symphony, the Ridgefield Symphony, and the Zofingen Orchestra, working with distinguished conductors such as Lawrence Foster, Robert Spano, Peter Bay, Anthony Newman, and Murray Sidlin.
Notable performances include recitals at the Salle Cortot in Paris, the Kennedy Center and the State Department in Washington, D.C., the Musikhalle in Hamburg, Juilliard’s Paul Hall in New York, Festival Klavier at the City Hall of Hong Kong, and the 50th International Chopin Festival in Duszniki, Poland. Her affinity for chamber music has led to successful collaborations with the Quatour Ebène, Quatuor Terpsycordes, violinists Jean-Pierre Wallez and François Sochard, and cellist Lluis Claret. She has been featured as a guest artist at the Skaneateles Festival, the Utah Chamber Music Festival, the EMUNA Festival, and the Festival Belle-Ile en Mer.
Deborah Lee was the recipient of the first prize at the 1995 Kosciuszko Chopin Competition, a prizewinner at the 2005 Geneva International Piano Competition, and was a finalist at the 2001 Clara Haskil International Piano Competition.

A graduate of The Juilliard School, the Peabody Conservatory, and the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève, where she studied with Dominique Weber, her musical formation also includes participation at the Verbier Festival Academy and at the Jerusalem Chamber Music Encounters. She has received invaluable musical guidance from renowned artists such as Isaac Stern, Leon Fleischer, Richard Goode, Joseph Kalichstein, Claude Frank, and András Schiff. Recently she was invited by András Schiff to participate in his master classes on the interpretation of Mozart given in collaboration with the Luzern Summer Festival.
Wednesday, November 13, 8 PM, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
Clarinet Balázs Rumy Makes his Weill Recital Hall Debut
Juilliard’s 2nd Annual Leo Ruiz Memorial Recital
Deborah Lee, piano
Clarinetist Balázs Rumy performs 20th century East European clarinet music inspired by folklore and folksongs with works by Béla Bartók, Juraj Filas, Rezső Kókai, Witold Lutoslawski, Bohuslav Martinů, György Orbán, and Leó Weiner.
BÉLA BARTÓK Three Folks Songs from Csík County
JURAJ FILAS Little Slovak Rhapsody
GYÖRGY ORBÁN Sonata Concertante
REZSŐ KÓKAI Four Hungarian Dances
FREE tickets will be available at 7 PM on the day of the concert at the Carnegie Hall Box Office. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to


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