01.09.2019

12.00

Gergely Kovács /Hungary/

I was born in 1995 in a small town of the South of Hungary called Békéscsaba. My grandmother used to be a piano teacher but I was not interested in playing the piano in my early ages. Usually pianists start to play their instrument at the age of three or four but I was eight when I pressed the keys for first.

It soon became my key activity and slowly my life. At the age of nine I won a few small local piano competitions and a year later I played in the Hungarian National Radio.
Three years later, when I was 12, after winning a significant national piano competition I got admitted to the Special Class of Exceptional Young Talents of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. It was a milestone in my life because my family moved to the capital to support my studies at the prestigious Liszt Academy under Profs. Gábor Eckhardt and Gyöngyi Keveházi.

A few years later I took the challenge of international competitions, having placed 3rd in Serbia, 5th. in Weimar at the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition for Youth was followed by my first 1st prize when I won the 1st prize at the Pietro Argento Piano Competition in Gioia del Colle, Italy in 2013.
When I turned eighteen I started to give concerts regularly in Hungary and abroad, in the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Germany, Romania, Slovakia, Austria, Belgium and Indonesia.
I was the scolarship winner of the International Holland Music Sessions and the Young Prague Festival in Czech Republic. I had the chance to play together with pianists Balázs Fülei and Tamás Érdi.

I was the scolarship winner of different foundations. I won big supports from the MOL New Europe Foundation twice and the Friends of the Liszt Academy. Thanks to the MOL Foundation I have played several concerts in different cities of Hungary with Tamás Érdi and the other winners of the talent program.

I usually take part at masterclasses of well-known teachers like Vladimir Voskresensky, Zoltán Kocsis, Roger Muraro, Neil Rutman, Benjamin Loh or Adam Gyorgy (who also established a scholarship, and supports me since 2012).

Besides playing solo repertoire, I enjoy playing in various chamber ensembles as well. I am proud to be student of the well-known hungarian pianists and chamber music professors Márta Gulyás and Balázs Fülei. I also had the chance to take lessons from Barnabás Kelemen, Gábor Takács-Nagy and András Keller.

In 2014 I was invited to the Donaufest International Piano Competition in Ulm, Germany, where I was awarded with the second prize.
Since 2014 I am a regular BA student of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music under Profs. Gábor Eckhardt and György Nádor. In my first year as a university student I have won the Laureate of the World Piano Teachers Association Piano Competition in Serbia.

In 2016 I made my debut concert in Jerusalem, Israel at the Jerusalem Academy of music, where I have played together with the head of the piano department, Prof. Ron Regev.
In April, 2017 I had concerts in Barcelona as a special award of the International Maria Canals Piano Competition. Later this year I have successfully graduated at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music as a bachelor student and taken the entrance exam to the masters degree where my teachers will be Prof. Attila Némethy and Prof. Balázs Réti.
In 2018 I have won the 2nd prize at the International Chopin Piano Competition of Budapest (the 1st prize was not awarded). In November I have been awarded with Junior Prima Award.

program

3 Nocturnes
B flat minor op. 9 no. 1
C sharp minor op. 27 no. 1
B major op. 62 no. 1

4 Ballades
G minor op. 23
F major op. 38
A flat major op. 47
F minor op. 52

16.00

Piotr Pawlak

Piotr Pawlak - is educated in the piano class of prof. Waldemar Wojtal at the Music Academy in Gdańsk. Has performed, among others in the USA, Russia, Great Britain, Spain, Germany, Lithuania, Hungary, Georgia, Denmark, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Austria and in many Polish cities, and in October this year is scheduled to tour China. He was a scholarship holder of the National Children's Fund, the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, the Minister of National Education, the Prime Minister, the Marshal of the Pomeranian Voivodeship, the Mayor of the City of Gdańsk. In 2018 he received the Pomeranian Artistic Award in the category of Pomeranian Artistic Hope. He is a laureate of many international piano competitions, he won, among others 1st prize and the best improvisation prize at the 11th International Chopin Piano Competition in Darmstadt, 2nd prize at the 1st International Chopin Piano Competition in Beijing, 2nd prize (I was not awarded) at the 8th International Chopin Piano Competition in Budapest, 1st prize at the 3rd International Piano Competition for Young Virtuosos Leopold Godowski or II prize at the III International Chopin Piano Competition in Krakow. In October 2015, Piotr participated in the 17th International Competition named after Fryderyk Chopin in Warsaw.

program

Ballade in G minor op. 23

Waltz in E flat major op. 18

Ballade in A flat major op. 47

Fantaisie-Impromptu in C sharp minor op. 66

Barcarole in F sharp major op. 60

Preludes from op. 28
B major no. 11
G sharp minor no. 12
F sharp major no.13
E flat minor no. 14
D flat major no.15
B flat minor no.16