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Date(s) - 09/11/2023
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Zoltán Kodály Musical Primary School



Our guest János Balázs pianist

János Balázs is one of the most sought-after and successful pianists and a regular performer in the world’s most prestigious concert halls. He is one of the few artists who is both loved by his audiences and respected by his profession. His virtuoso playing and high level of piano technique, combined with a deep musicality, give him a unique ability to address audiences with his playing.

He studied and graduated from the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest. He has worked with renowned artists and conductors such as Mischa Maisky, Tamás Vásáry and José Cura. In the 2013/14 concert season, he was awarded the Rising Star “Artist of the Year” award, which enabled him to perform in Europe’s most prestigious concert halls, organised by the ECHO network. Since then he has been a resounding success in concert halls all over the world, such as Teatro Colón (Bogota), Bozar (Brussels), Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Moscow), Royal Conservatory (Toronto), “Cziffra Chapel”, Senlis. He has also made guest appearances in the most renowned concert halls of America and Asia. He has been invited to master classes at McGill University Canada, Shenyang Conservatory of Music, Hanoi Conservatory of Music;

The Kossuth, Liszt, Prima and Gramophone Prize-winning Artist of Merit has been part of the Hungarian concert scene since the age of 16, when he won the Liszt Ferenc International Piano Competition, followed by five other major competition wins – including the Cziffra Piano Competition – and numerous prizes. He is a teacher at the Snétberger Centre. In 2017, he was awarded the Music Award of the Hungarian Academy of Arts, and his work was also honoured by the Polish state.In 2019, he was awarded the Young Steinway Artist title, and in the same year he was appointed Associate Professor of Piano at the Academy of Music.

He is a jury member of the Virtuosi talent show and the 2018 French Cziffra Competition. He is committed to building the concert audiences of the future: his free concerts for children have been attended by more than 10,000 people. He is a regular performer at MVM ZENERGIA concerts. In 2016, he founded a classical music festival dedicated to the legacy of his idol György Cziffra. The festival pays special attention to supporting young talent, offering masterclasses and high cash prizes to artists at the beginning of their careers.