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Beethoven to Bartók

 GÁBOR CSALOG | PIANO RECITAL 

Symphony Space | Thalia Theater | 2537 Broadway at 95th St
November 15, 2015 | 8 pm
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A true musician's musician, a great Hungarian talent performs at Symphony Space on a rare US outing. Beyond his masterclasses at Bard and Cornell, Gabor Csalog invites NYC audiences to experience four eras of classical composition, as he explores the linkages between Beethoven and Bartok, first, followed by a study of Liszt and Ligeti.

Gabor Csalog, former student of Gyorgy Kurtag, Zoltan Kocsis, and Andras Schiff at the Ferenc Liszt Academy, has long been reputed to be one of the best interpreters of contemporary classical music for the piano. Over his career, Mr. Csalog has developed deep relationships with several Hungarian composers, most especially with Kurtag, who has dedicated several pieces to him and recorded with him his own compositions. From about 2000, Mr. Csalog ranked as Gyorgy Ligeti's artist of choice to perform his piano works in Hungary, and was in close personal contact with the composer until his death in 2006.
Mr. Csalog is well-known for his unique programs, which couple old and new music with strong conceptual

He has performed in the U.S. and in most European countries (at festivals like the Kuhmo and at Schleswig-Holstein). Among his chamber music partners are notable artists such as Boris Pergamenchikov, Heinz Holliger, Miklos Perenyi. Andras Keller and Andras Kemenes. A professor of piano at his alma mater, he was also the editor of the complete piano works of Chopin at Könemann Musik Budapest publishing house.

In 2003, Mr. Csalog was awarded the Liszt Prize, the highest acknowledgment for classical music performers in Hungary. Some of his important recordings include: Chopin's Mazurkas (complete, Hungaroton); Reger's clarinet-piano compositions (complete, with Csaba Klenyan, Hungaroton); Schubert's piano works (BMC 084), Ligeti's and Liszt's Etudes (BMC 095) and Kurtág Games BMC 123 and 139 ( Mr Kurtág also playing on these CDs).

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