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Cziffra Festival Starts Today In MOM Cultural Centre Of Budapest

By Robert Velkey // 2017.02.21.

György Cziffra was a Hungarian composer and pianist. The Hungarian talent was the student of István Thomán, whom was a favourite pupil of Franz Liszt. Mr. Cziffra is known for his recordings of works of Franz Liszt, Frédéric Chopin and Robert Schumann, and also for his technically demanding arrangements of several orchestral works for the piano.


A classical music festival dedicated to the legendary Hungarian pianist György Cziffra starting on Tuesday will run until Sunday with performances in two venues. The festival will open in Budapest’s MOM Cultural Centre with the debut concert of the CZF Chamber Orchestra led by young virtuoso violinist Erno Kallai, with works by Grieg, Mozart and Liszt.

Pianists Jenő Jando and Janos Balázs will play Bach’s keyboard concerto in C minor. The Budapest Academy of Music will host concerts by Turkish pianist Fazil Say, Hungarian mezzo soprano Andrea Rost and Russia cellist Mischa Maisky, as well as the closing gala. Besides featuring acclaimed classical artists, the festival also features Gypsy musician Lajos Sárközy, various jazz artists as well as matinee for young and debutant artists honouring the system of support that helped György Cziffra to achieve world fame.