Celebrated Hungarian pianist, conductor and composer Zoltán Kocsis, who died at age 64 on November 6, was buried in Budapest on Saturday. The late artist was paid final respects at the Hungarian Academy of Music. The ceremony was attended by President János Áder and First Lady Anita Herczegh, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, House Speaker László Kövér, and other senior officials including leaders of the Hungarian Art Academy and the State Opera.
In his address to the mourners, Áder said that Kocsis had been a “devoted envoy” of Béla Bartók in the world. He said that Kocsis died as early as the great Hungarian composer, but added that he would “leave a lasting mark, eternal music and an internal present tense”. Veteran composer György Kurtág said farewell to his one-time student and friend in personal tones. He said it was Kocsis’s merit that “Bartók’s works have now become a public asset… music pieces we had not even noticed earlier became diamonds in your hand”.
After the ceremony, Kocsis was laid to rest in western Budapest’s Farkasréti Cemetery. The burial was attended only by members of his closest family.
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