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Impressionism and Expressionism – Flute and Piano Recital

Dear Friends,

We regret to inform prospective attendees that tonight "Impressionism and Expressionism" - Flute and Piano Recital (at St. Stephen of Hungary Parish Church - 414 East 82nd Street, New York, NY 10028-6056) is cancelled due to force majeure. Flutist Gergely Ittzés unfortunately has his flight cancelled due to technical problem.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience!

The Hungarian Cultural Center invites you to

the Impressionism and Expressionism – Flute and Piano Recital by

Gergely Ittzés


Hiroko Sasaki at the piano.

The recital is part of the international event series commemorating noted composer László Lajtha (1892-1962)

7:00pm, 20 April, 2012

Saint Stephen of Hungary Church – Recital Hall

414 East 82nd Street, between 1st and York Ave.


The program
Syrinx (1913) by Claude DEBUSSY (1862–1918)
SONATA in g minor (1917) by Claude DEBUSSY (1862–1918)
Deux Piéces for solo flute, Op. 69 (1958) by László LAJTHA (1892–1962)
SONATA in B-flat major, Op. 121 (1918)  by Sigfrid KARG-ELERT (1877–1933)
Density 21.5 (1934, 1946) by Edgar VARÉSE (1883-1965)
Ballad (Capriccio for Carchy) (2007) by Gergely ITTZÉS (1969)
SONATA (1925) by Willem PIJPER (1894–1947)

The artists

Gergely Ittzés (1969-) studied at the Zoltán Kodály Secondary Music School in Kecskemét and at the Budapest Liszt Academy of Music. After graduating, he spent a year at the international Mozart Academy in Prague, followed by a stay at the Banff Centre for the Arts. He has participated in numerous master courses (with A. Adorján, M. Debost, M. Faust, J-C. Gérard, I. Matuz, Auréle Nicolet, C. Wincenc, etc.) and has won a number of prizes in national and international flute competitions. In 1998 he received the Grand Prix of the Aleksander Tansman II International Competition in Poland . In 1992 and 2003 he was recognized by outstanding quality awards by Artisjus, the Hungarian Copyright Office. In 1998 and 1999 he was the recipient of the Annie Fischer Grant offered to promising young soloists. In 2001 he was awarded the Franz Liszt Prize, while in 2009 he received the Lajtha Prize.
Under the direct and indirect influence of István Matuz he turned his attention to contemporary, innovative techniques of playing the flute and exploring new possibilities with the instrument. These forays have found reflection in his own compositions. His newest solo work was commissioned by the National Flute Association to be showcased as a mandatory piece for the 2012 Young Artist Competition in Las Vegas. As an outcome of his researches on the multiphonic capabilities of the flute he published the software Flouble in 2012 (
Gergely has also led master classes and has given concerts and lectures in numerous European countries, as well as in Brazil, China, Canada and the USA. As the member of the UMZE Ensemble he performed at Carnegie Hall in 2009. In 2003 he founded the TeTraVERSI Flute Quartet with his former pupils.
His wide repertory includes a large number of rarities in addition to the well-known pieces of flute literature. Beyond classical and modern music, several other styles have also influenced his musical idiom. He was a member and composer of the ethno-jazzrock band, Talizmán for ten years and has performed and recorded in several other jazz formations (a.o. with Markus Stockhausen).
Gergely has recorded 13 CDs so far and currently teaches in Győr, at Szécheny University.

Hiroko Sasaki has established a successful career as recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist. Ms. 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.
Ms. 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.
Ms. 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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