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Young Hungarian Talents Perform in New York in Front of Placido Domingo

Fanni Kaszás 2018.11.12.

Following several successful concerts on North America’s most prestigious stages — including the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Carnegie Hall in New York — young stars from the unique Hungarian classical music talent show “Virtuosos” returned to the United States on 8th November to perform in New York as part of the High Note Hungary Festival.

In recent years, each of the young musicians competed on “Virtuosos” in one of three age groups (6-13, 14-19, and 20-26). The performers included Soma Balázs-Piri, 14-year-old pianist and category winner (youngest talents) of the show’s 2018 edition; Amira Abouzahra (13), winner of the youngest age group in 2017 due to a fascinating violin recital, and younger sister Mariam (10), finalist in “Virtuosos” 2018; Teo Gertler, 10-year-old phenomenal violin player, finalist of this year’s show and winner of several international violin competitions; 19-year-old clarinet player Dániel Ali Lugosi, overall winner of the first “Virtuosos” in 2014 and participant and winner of several international competitions since then, and violinist Gyula Váradi (21), age group winner of “Virtuosos” 2016.

The artists had a chance to meet Placido Domingo, one of the world’s most famous opera singers. Domingo is helping to bring the talent show to international audiences. In fact, the popular show will soon debut on TV in the United States and the United Kingdom.

After the concert, the young Hungarians dined with the world-famous Spanish tenor and his family. Earlier last week, the Maestro had his conducting debut with the Hungarian State Opera at Carnegie Hall with soprano Andrea Rost and a surprise backstage visit from Éva Marton Hungarian opera singer and founding member of the Friends of Hungary Foundation.

Both the Virtuosos concert and the performance of the Hungarian State Opera were part of a series of Hungarian cultural programs in New York. The High Note Hungary Festival wowed audiences with 12 different cultural events, including opera, ballet, classical music concerts and exhibitions. The festival began with the US premiere of Ferenc Erkel’s opera “Bánk Bán.” President János Áder and his wife Anita Herczegh, patron of “Virtuosos,” also attended the event.