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Brad Lubman: Cimbalom Solo // Performed by NICHOLAS TOLLE, third prize at the BMC International Cimbalom Competition 2019 in classical-contemporary category
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SAT October 31 | 6 PM

Hosted for the very first time in Hungary last year, the Budapest Music Center (BMC) International Cimbalom Competition inspired a new generation of cimbalom players, showcased new talents, and placed the instrument into a 21st-century context.

Hungarian Cultural Center, New York is proud to be a partner of this unique initiative. Albeit physically we cannot present the New York performance of the American talents of the competition, we will not let our audiences without the enchanting sounds of the cimbalom.

In the form of exclusive virtual recitals, festival founder & president of jury Miklós Lukács and Nicholas Tolle, American finalist of last year’s competition will showcase their dazzling skills on the instrument which is a true Hungaricum: authentic and yet very modern.

Stay with us for the subsequent performances!

Nick Tolle


Nicholas Tolle
 is one of America’s premiere cimbalom artists. In 2019, he won third prize in the BMC International Cimbalom Competition. He has performed as soloist in Pierre Boulez’ Repons with the composer conducting at the Lucerne Festival in 2009, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal with Péter Eötvös in 2012, and with Steven Schick at UC San Diego in 2017. Based in Boston, MA, he plays regularly with such groups as the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Emmanuel Music, and Sound Icon, and with his own group, the Ludovico Ensemble. He has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, New York Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the International Contemporary Ensemble, and Ensemble Signal. He is featured performing Boulez’s Repons in the EuroArts documentary Inheriting the Future of Music: Pierre Boulez and the Lucerne Festival Academy, and in Kurtág’s music for cimbalom and voice on soprano Susan Narucki's 2019 album The Edge of Silence, which was nominated for a 2020 Grammy award. His recording of Kurtág’s Seven Songs from The Edge of Silence was named one of the best classical tracks of 2019 by the New York Times.


Oct 31.
- Oct 31.
Online Cimbalom Gala: Nicholas Tolle


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