Klára Würtz was born in Budapest, Hungary, and started playing the piano at the age of five. As a child she soon showed an exceptional talent for this instrument. Her musical career started in the early seventies, when she became a member of the Hungarian Children’s Choir of Radio and Television.

 

At seventeen, she studied at the Budapest Franz Liszt Academy with Zoltán Kocsis, Ferenc Rados and György Kurtág. Later on, she received scholarships from András Schiff for his masterclasses in Prussia Cove, England.

 

In 1985 she won the Ettore Pozzoli piano competition in Milan. In 1988 she was one of the prize winners at the International Piano Competition in Dublin. In 1989 she passed with distinction as a performing artist and music pedagogue at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest.

 

In 1991 she signed up with Columbia Artists Management, New York, and since then has performed over a hundred concerts in the United States and Canada. She made her North American debut with orchestra as the soloist in Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto with the Czech Philharmonic conducted by Jiri Belohlavek. Her most successful recitals were in the Kennedy Center, Washington and at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. In 2001 she made her successful debut in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam playing Schumann’s Piano Concerto with the Philharmonia der Nationen conducted by Justus Frantz.

 

Klára Würtz is active as a chamber music player, playing with the Amsterdam Klavier Trio, Israeli cellist Timora Rosler, and performed with violinists such as Janine Jansen and Dmitri Makhtin.

She made nearly 30 CD recordings, among which the complete Piano Sonatas of Mozart, a selection of Schubert Sonatas and the Piano Works of Robert Schumann , Bela Bartok and concertos by Ravel, Mozart and Bartok.  Her Mendelssohn recording with the Amsterdam Klavier trio was the critics choice of the year 2000 (Harris Goldsmith for International Record Review Magazine).

 

She played in the International Piano Festival of Williamstown and at the Newport Festival, U.S.A. End of 2002 she did a tour with Rachmaninov’s 2-nd Piano Concerto with the Philharmonia of the Nations, conducted by Justus Frantz. In spring 2003 Klára made her debut in the Symphony Hall of Boston and Carnegie Hall, New York with the Boston Symphony with conductor Bernard Haitink. Her debut recital in the Great Hall of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam was an overwhelming success.

 

In summer 2004 she gave an open-air concert for an audience of over 30.000 in the central square of Budapest broadcasted live on national television, playing Ravel’s Piano Concerto with the Budapest Festival Orchestra conducted by Iván Fischer. In 2005 she played Mozart with the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Marco Boni, in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. For 2006 she  played a Mozart recital in the Mozarteum as part of the prestigious Salzburger Festspiele.

 

She has recently released all Brahms violin sonatas and all Beethoven Sonatas with young Hungarian violinist Kristof Barati which received five star reviews in Diapason  and the American Fanfare. It was called ”the reference recording of today” by a leading German newspaper.

 

Klára Würtz is professor of piano at the Conservatory of Arts in Utrecht and lives with her family in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.