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AHF Cultural News: Piano Virtuoso László Borbély

The Kossuth Club in Sarasota is celebrating 200 Years of Franz List with a recital by piano virtuoso László Borbély The Kossuth Club in Sarasota is celebrating 200 Years of Franz List with a recital by piano virtuoso László Borbély on December 2, 2011.... Mr. Borbély performed for the Kossuth Club in 2003 to great acclaim. He is currently a professor of piano at the Liszt Academy. Hungarian composer, piano virtuoso and educator Franz (Ferenc) Liszt was born October 22, 1811. He founded the Academy of Music in Budapest, later named after him, where he served as director and professor. The concert commemorates the bicentennial.

László Borbély performs in the Glenridge auditorium on December 2. The program, “From Liszt to Ligeti: 200 years of Hungarian piano music” features works by Liszt, Ernest von Dohnányi, Béla Bartók, György Ligeti and György Kurtág. The concept for this original program is to present a wide spectrum of piano compositions by Hungarian composers after Liszt, and to illustrate the rich heritage of musical culture founded by the Master himself.

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The Kossuth Club of Sarasota
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Other Sarasota Events Celebrating the Liszt Bicentennial:

Events of the Liszt Bicentennial. The 200th birthday of Hungarian pianist, composer and educator Ferenc Liszt (1811-1886), founder of the Liszt Academy in Budapest is celebrated with special concerts and performances. In Florida, world-renowned pianist André Watts, who is of Hungarian descent, presented an all Liszt recital in Gainesville on March 26th.

Every Wednesday in July Dr. John Goodman of the Sarasota Music Archives presents a series of lectures in the Masters and Masterpieces of Music program “The Music of Liszt”—celebrating Liszt’s Bicentennial Year. The lectures start at 10:30 AM in the Selby Public Library and are free and open to the public (details on the following page).

The Kossuth Club presents three concerts this fall. Pianist Péter Grauer, from Marosvásárhely, Erdély, returns to Sarasota on October 27 to pay homage to Liszt (“Un Hommage à Liszt”) in the Selby Library. This concert is produced jointly with the American Hungarian Medical Association. Mr. Grauer presents another recital on November 6 in the Beneva Christian Church, produced jointly with the Hungarian Christian Church. Suggested ticket contributions are ten dollars on the site.

Ann Stephenson Moe, organist and music director of the Church of the Redeemer in Sarasota plans to give an organ recital featuring selections from the sacred music of Liszt at a date to be announced later.

The Kossuth Club asks our members and our readers to help defray the costs of the concerts. Contributions are tax deductible and will be acknowledged in the program notes to be published for the Glenridge concert. Please mail your checks marked “Liszt Bicentennial” to P. O. Box 19774, Sarasota, FL 34276.

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About Laszlo Borbely

László Borbély was born in 1984 and started piano lessons at age five enrolling in the "Rácz Aladár" Music School where he studied with Edit Major. In 1998 he graduated to the "Bartók Béla" Secondary School of Music where his teacher was Professor Mariann Ábrahám. In 2002 he was admitted to the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, and studied under the tutorships of György Nádor and Balázs Réti until 2007 when he received his Master of Music in Performance Piano.

In Hungary, László received competition honors including the First Prize in the 1998 Piano Competition in Budapest, the Third Prize in the 1998 National Piano Competition, the Grand prize for the 2001 National Piano Competition for Secondary Schools, 2002 Yamaha Scholarship Award at the Liszt Academy, the Special Prize of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage in the 2003 National Competition of the Hungarian Radio, and the First Prize at the 2004 Andor Földes Piano Competition, Budapest. He took second prize at the International Liszt-Bartók Competition in Budapest in 2006.

Overseas he was awarded the Second Prize at the 2001 EPTA International Competition for young pianists in Osijek, Croatia. Several prizes including "the most artistic performance" for different categories at the 2002 Los Angeles International Liszt Competition; and the Educational Award at the London International Piano Competition in 2005.

He has performed at many international festivals, among others Collegium Musicum Pommersfelden 2007; Encuentro de Música y Academia Santander 2006 and 2008; the Cliburn Institute 2005; and International Holland Music Sessions 2004. László has performed recitals in Zagreb, Croatia (2001), Florence, Italy (2003), Tallahassee and Sarasota, Florida (2003), Bergen, The Nederlands (2004), and Timisoara, Romania (2004). He also participated for several summers in the International Bartók Seminar in Szombathely, Hungary.

László participated in master classes by Dmitrij Bashkirov in Budapest; Livia Rév in Paris; and; Mikhail Voskressensky, Pjotr Paleczny, and Jan Marisse Huizing in the Netherlands; as well as Andras Schiff and Zoltan Kocsis.

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