NOVEMBER 20, 2017
Contemporary Gallery Subotica 6:00 pm
PALOJTAY JÁNOS (HUNGARY)
Johannes Brahms: 6 Pieces for Piano, Op. 118
Intermezzo in A minor. Allegro non assai, ma molto appassionato Intermezzo in A major.
Andante teneramente Ballade in G minor. Allegro energico Intermezzo in F minor.
Allegretto un poco agitato Romanze in F major. Andante Intermezzo in E flat minor. Andante, largo e mesto
Claude Debussy: Images (Book 1) Reflets dans l’eau (Reflections in the water) Hommage à Rameau (Tribute to Rameau) Mouvement (Movement)
Bartók Béla: Out of Doors With Drums and Pipes Barcarolla Musettes The Night’s Music The Chase
Performing on three continents, János Palojtay has regularly been on the concert stage since the age of seventeen. His debut recital in the United States was held in the Epic Center in Kalamazoo as part of “The Gilmore Rising Stars Series”.
As an active soloist and a devoted chamber musician, his recent highlights include recitals in such prominent venues as Salle Cortot in Paris, Auditorio National in Madrid, Carnegie’s Weill Hall in New York, Krannert Center in ChampaignUrbana, Herbst Theatre in San Fracisco and Teatro Verdi in Trieste. In past years he has performed with most of the Hungarian symphony orchestras, including the Budapest Philharmonic Society, the Savaria Symphony Orchestra and the Concerto Budapest. On these occasions he had the opportunity to play under the baton of Christopher Hogwood, Oliver von Dohnányi, Gregory Vajda, Gergely Madaras, András Keller and Zsolt Hamar.
His nimble and highly characterized playing caught the attention of Sir András Schiff, who has elected Palojtay as a soloist in the “Building Bridges” series in 2017-18 with performances throughout Europe.
Having graduated from the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest in the class of András Kemenes, he was admitted to the prestigious “Konzertexamen” course in Stuttgart, where he had the honor of working with Kirill Gerstein, one of the leading pianists of his generation. Palojtay’s unique tone was polished in masterclasses with prominent musicians such as Dmitrij Bashkirov, Ferenc Rados, Murray Perahia, Sir András Schiff and Claudio Martínez Mehner, broadening his musical horizons.
As a multifaceted artist, he has studied composition, was the winner of the Béla Bartók Conservatory’s improvisation contest and played keyboards in Iván Fischer’s Festival Orchestra. Above all, he enjoys chamber music and has performed with Naumburg Prize Winner, cellist Lev Sivkov, with violinists Sergey Malov and Susanne Schäffer, and trumpet player Tamás Pálfalvi.
Having participated in festivals such as Encuentro Musica di Santander, Mecklenburg Festspiele, Prussia Cove’s Open Chamber Music and Collegium Musicum of Pommersfelden, Palojtay had the opportunity to prove himself as an enthusiastic collaborator partner in numerous ensembles. He was the third prize winner at the noted Paloma O’Shea International Piano Competition in Santander, Spain and second prize winner at the I. International Chopin Competition, Budapest. Furthermore, he is holder of the Gundel Art Prize and the Bíró Sári Memorial Award. Palojtay is a regular guest in concert halls all over Europe, including London, Amsterdam, Rome and Madrid.
City Hall of Subotica 8:00 pm
PIANO DUO FOURTE (GERMANY/JAPAN)
Witold Lutosławski: Variations on a theme by Paganini
Franz Liszt: Concerto Pathétique
Bedřich Smetana: Moldau
Eva-Maria Weinreich: Das Schloss (The Castle)
Alexander Arutiunian/Arno Babajanian: Armenian Rhapsody
EVA-MARIA WEINREICH & TOMOHITO NAKAISHI
The Piano duo FourTe was founded in Weimar 2014 as a German-Japanese project by the two pianists Eva-Maria Weinreich and Tomohito Nakaishi. The name is a combination of the English word „four“ (4) and the Japanese word „Te“ (hand). Since then the artists explore the ways of playing the piano as a duo with refreshing joy and fantasy.
Their focus lies in discovering the variety of sounds and colours hidden in the piano with their four hands. Also, they connect the world of Japanese and European music in an exciting way through their own compositions. The duo has performed in different cities in Germany, Austria, Japan, Italy, France and Tui Cruises. In 2015 the artists won the first prize at the Ischia International Piano Competition (piano, fourhands) and furthermore they also received a scholarship for the well-known „International Summer Academy“ at the Mozarteum in Salzburg to work there with Joseph Paratore.
In 2016 the Duo FourTe won several prizes: First prize and CMF prize (piano, fourhands) at the International CMF Piano Competition in Paris, First prize (piano, fourhands) at the Padova International Competition (Italy), Second Prize (piano duo) at the Torneo Internazionale di Musica in Torino (Italy). In 2017 they performed inter alia at the International Pianoduo Festival Bad Herrenalb and the Cap Ferret Music Festival. „We want to refine our knowledge and skills for a lifetime…“ Masterclasses with the renowned Joseph Paratore (Duo Paratore), Prof. Christoph Sischka, Aquiles Delle Vigne, Prof. Karl-Peter Kammerlander. The „Duo FourTe“ concerts are projects, where the duo performes in collaboration with other artists (singer, instrumentalist, actor…), for example, a recital with intruiging melodramas by R. Schumann (narrator: Sophia Backhaus) or the extraordinary „Liedduo/ Pianoduo“ combination with the mezzosoprano Susanne Grobholz.