József Balog is one of the most talented pianists of his generation. This exceptionally gifted performer was born in Budapest, where he grew up and was surrounded by the astonishing heritage of the internationally well-known Hungarian piano tradition established by Franz Liszt, Ernst von Dohnányi and Béla Bartók.

 

He is praised and compared to Horowitz by critics and acknowledged by the audience for his brilliant technic and very deep, sensitive musicianship. Famous artists, such as Lazar Berman, Oleg Marshev, Zubin Mehta, Zoltán Kocsis and François-René Duchâble expressed their appreciation towards the 10 times prizewinner pianist.

 

Despite his young age, he has a huge repertoire of concertos, recital programs and chamber music. Along with the standard piano repertoire, he plays jazz, contemporary music, his own transcriptions and works written by rarely played composers as well.

 

József Balog performs regularly in his home country together with the most famous Hungarian orchestras such as the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hungarian Radio Symphonyc Orchestra and the Hungarian State Operahouse Orchestra. Furthermore, he has already been on stage with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, the Jerusalem Chamber Orchestra, the Ankara Presidential Symphony Orchestra, the Ukranian National Philharmonic and Radio Orchestra and the UANL Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of great conductors including Zoltán Kocsis, Jesús Medina, Vitaly Protasov, Felix Carrasco, Volodimir Sheyko, Tamás Vető and András Keller.

 

For the last ten years, the 10 times prizewinner pianist has given concerts as a soloist and also as a chamber musician in more than 20 countries accross Europe, America and Asia.

He performed in wellknown concert halls such as the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Chan Centre (Vancouver), the Kensington Palace (London – in the presence of Prince Charles), the Philharmonic Hall (Kiev), the Palace of Arts (Budapest), the Vredenburg Music Center (Utrecht), the Musikhuset (Aarhus), the Antonin Castle (Poland), the Equinoxe (Chateauroux), the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Hall (Lodz), the Konzerthaus (Vienna), the Teatre de la Monnaie (Brussels), the Philharmonic Hall (St. Petersburg), the Karsiyaka Opera (Izmir) and the TRT Radio Hall (Ankara).

 

He also achieved great success at the following festivals: Chopin Festival (Mallorca, 1999), Piano Festival (Tiszadob, 2003), Lisz- tomanias (Chateauroux, 2005), Schubertiade (Roskilde, 2006), Spring Festival (Russia, 2006), Festival Lago Maggiore (Italy, 2006), Winter Festival (Sarajevo, 2007), Liszt Festival (Sopron, 2010, 2011) Liszt Festival (Ankara, 2011), Budapest Spring Festival (2011, 2016) and Rudersdal Summer Concerts (2013).

 

József’s performances was broadcasted in radio and television in numerous counties such as Hungary, the Netherlands, Ukraine, Switzerland, New Zeland, Romania, Russia, Denmark, Poland, Turkey, Italy, Mexico and in the United Kingdom (BBC Radio). At the request of the Dutch television (VPRO, 2005), he recorded Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B minor.

 

József has recorded eight CD-s so far. His first album – entitled Hungaricum – won the „Liszt Grand Prix du Disque” prize in 2005, and his latest one, „Liszt: Transcendental Etudes” was chosen to be “the recording of the month” in June 2015, on one of the most prestigious classical music website: allmusic.com. Balog’s discography includes works by Chopin, Liszt (on Erard piano), Bartók’s complete works for violin and piano and Enescu 3 violin-piano sonata, recorded with Antal Zalai’s contribution.

 

The complete piano works by László Lajtha, and Zoltán Kodály and a selection from Bartók’s and Gershwin’s works for piano are among the upcoming releases.

 

 

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