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Szabó - Krausz Duo
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PÉTER SZABÓ

Péter Szabó is one of the most acclaimed Hungarian cellist performing today. His Concerts bring him regularly around the world and having reviews: “... he performs the solo part brilliantly and musical refined with a strong impact!” -Fono Forum- “Szabó brings fiery declamation to the piece” -The London Times- “...his interpretation is full of vitality and engaged. He is initiative in the fast movements, moderate and bashful in the slow movements. His sonority is warm, his technique is impeccable” -Repertoire- “...His interpretation is intelligent and enthusiastic” -Classica-. “Particularly enjoyable are his expansive accounts of the opening movement ...his sonorous lyricism in the slow movement ...and his characterful, spirited interpretations of the light-hearted finales”. (The Strad, 2003)

Many of his recordings received enthusiastic praise and were the Editor's choices of magazines like Fono-Forum, The London Times, Repertoire, Classica, American Record Guide. He was also presented the Hungarian Classical Award of the Gramophon Magazine in 2002 for the best Hungarian Performer of the year!

Péter Szabó is a prize –winner in several competitions including the National Competition in Romania and the “International Competition Markneukirchen” in Germany . He also was awarded a “Special Prize” from the “International Association of Musicologists” in Genf in 1994.

Concerts have taken him to many European countries as well as to the USA , South America and the Far East . He performed in such acclaimed halls like Wigmore Hall (London), Musikverein and Konzethaus (Vienna), Mozarteum (Salzburg), Tonhalle (Zürich), Kozerthaus (Berlin) and many international festivals including Pablo Casals Festival Prades, Salzburg Festival, „The October Festival” in Normandy, Aldeburgh Festival, the Royal Palast Festival in Stockholm, the Kissinger Sommer, the Istanbul Music Festival and the Budapest Spring Festival!

As a soloist Péter Szabó has appeared with leading orchestras including the Camerata Academica Salzburg, the Hungarian National Philharmonie, the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Budapest Festival Orchestra and played under the baton of famous conductors like Yehudi Menuhin, Iván Fischer, Tamás Vásáry and Peter Keuschnig just to mention a few.

He is asked very often to join for chamber music and has established himself as a regular partner with artists Zoltán Kocsis, Till Fellner, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Yurij Bashmet and Alexander Loncquich. In 1996 he formed together with Gábor Takács-Nagy and Dénes Várjon the Takács-Várjon-Szabó Piano Trio which leads to many concert tours and several CD recordings. In his concert appearances he has performed music ranging from the renaissance to the present and works closely together with contemporary composers, often giving the first public performance of their works (Veress, Lajtha, Kurtág). As a professor Péter Szabó has given annual master classes at the European Mozart Academy all over Europe, in Bulle ( Switzerland ), in Sao Paolo ( Brazil ). His many CD recordings are on labels such as Naxos , Hungaroton, Electrecord, and BBC records (including works by Beethoven, Haydn, Pleyel, Chopin, Dohnányi, Liszt, Goldmark, Lajtha, Terényi, Rózsa and Seiber).

Péter Szabó holds the post of Principal Cellist for the Budapest Festival Orchestra.

Born in Transylvania in a family of musicians Péter Szabó soon started his studies at the Music Academy in Kolozsvár (Klausenburg) where he graduated with distinction in 1985. He then continued at the Ferenc Liszt Academy in Budapest with Ferenc Rados, György Kurtág and László Mezo. He also took part in many Master-classes with Miklós Perényi, A. Meunier, T. Kühne and György Sebok.

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Adrienne Krausz

 

Born in Hungary, Miss Krausz started to play piano at the age of nine. She graduated in 1990 at the Franz Liszt Academy of Budapest, where her teachers were György Nádor and György Kurtág. She also studied at the European Conservatory in Paris with Yvonne Lefebure and Lívia Rév. Following an audition, Sir Georg Solti immediately engaged Ms. Krausz for a European tour with the Tonhalle Orchestra to play Bartók's Concerto No.3. Consequently, he introduced Ms. Krausz to the Competition of the Chimay Foundation in Brussels where she won the first prize by unanimous decision of the jury. She was the only pianist to be invited to perform in the three Tributes given to Sir Georg Solti in Italy (October 1997), and in London (February 1998).

She was invited to interpret with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 1998 Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No.2, with the Philharmonia Orchestra Grieg's Piano Concerto in 1998, with the Berliner Symphoniker Bartók's Piano Concerto No.2. in 1999, with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra Bartók' s Piano Concerto No.3. in 2001. She performs throughout Europe and the US, including New York's Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Barbican of London, Munich's Herkulessaal, the Tonhalle of Zürich, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Bruxelles, as well as the Salle Gaveau, Cité de la Musique and Théatre de la Ville in Paris. Ms. Krausz is a regular guest at prestigious festivals such as Montpellier, Menton, Monte Carlo, Schwetzingen, Yokohama, Lille, Reims, Cracow, Budapest, Stresa, etc. Although she lives in Paris, loyal to her native country, she is often invited to give recitals in Hungary and has made several recordings for Hungarian Radio and Television.

As a chamber muisician, she has performed with Youri Bashmet, Péter Szabó, Boris Pergamenshikov, the Keller and Bartók String Quartets and Shlomo Mintz, with whom she frequently makes recital tours in Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Poland.

Finalist at the Piano Masters of Monte Carlo in 1992 and 1993, she received first prize at several competitions (Senigallia, Italy - 1985; Cincinatti, USA - 1989).