Sunday, March 29, 2020 – 3:00 PM
"...a major pianistic personality”
Photo by Pilvax Studio
JANÁČEK In the Mists
CHOPIN Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 29 in B-flat, Op. 106 (“Hammerklavier”)
Making his second Chopin Society appearance is Dénes Várjon one of Hungary’s pre-eminent musicians. A 1991 graduate of the Liszt Academy in Budapest, he studied piano with Sándor Falvai, chamber music with György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados, and participated in masterclasses with András Schiff, a longtime supporter. Early on he acquired several competition first prizes, most notably the Geza Anda in 1991. He is widely sought-after here and abroad as a recitalist and orchestral soloist in major concert halls and festivals, from Marlboro to Salzburg and Edinburgh. Also in demand as a chamber musician, he works regularly with premier ensembles and high-profile artists, such as Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis, and Leonidas Kavakos. He also performs frequently with his duo-partner and wife Izabella Simon, with whom he has organized several chamber music festivals. His extensive discography includes a wide range of chamber music, all five Beethoven concerti with Concerto Budapest, and solo CDs Precipitando and De la nuit. His recent fairy-tale-themed recording Once Upon a Time, made with Tabea Zimmermann (viola) and Jörg Widmann (clarinet), won in the Chamber Music category at the 2019 International Classical Music Awards. Dénes Várjon is professor at the Liszt Music Academy and has been honored with the Ferenc Liszt, Sándor Veress and Bartók-Pásztory Prizes.
“Aside from the immaculate technique and deft sense of phrasing, Várjon brought something far more rare—a tangible sense of character in virtually everything he played.” –The Washington Post
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