The thrilling Hungarian pianist Zoltán Fejérvári—praised for his “dazzling technique” by the South Florida Classical Review—makes his Festival debut this summer with four performances: a solo recital on August 13 and chamber music concerts on August 17, 18, and 19.
Born in Budapest in 1986, Fejérvári studied at the Béla Bartók Conservatory and the Liszt Academy of Music in his home city and at the Queen Sofia College of Music in Madrid. He’s appeared as a soloist with the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra and the Budapest and Verbier Festival Orchestras, among other ensembles, and he’s given recitals at renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City, the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, the Gasteig in Munich, and the Palau de la Música de València in València, Spain. András Schiff selected Fejérvári to participate in his Building Bridges concert series, which spotlights promising young musicians, for the 2017–18 season, and Mitsuko Uchida invited him to perform at the Marlboro Music Festival in Marlboro, Vermont, for three seasons (2014–16). In 2018–19, Fejérvári appears around the country as part of Marlboro’s touring program, Musicians from Marlboro. His many honors include the 2013 Grand prix du disque for his recording of Liszt’s “Malédiction” Concerto with the Budapest Chamber Symphony, the 2016 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, and first prize at the 2017 Concours musical international de Montréal.
On August 13, at noon in St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art, Fejérvári makes his Festival debut with a spirited solo recital that features three lively works from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries: the Humoreske in B-flat Major by Schumann, Three Burlesques by Bartók, and Elf Humoresken (Eleven Humoresques) by contemporary German composer Jörg Widmann (b. 1973). During his three chamber music concerts—held at 6 p.m. at The Lensic Performing Arts Center on August 17, 18, and 19—Fejérvári performs, respectively, Bach’s Concerto in D Minor for Keyboard Solo after Marcello, BWV 974; Ravel’s elegant Piano Trio; and, as part of the final concert of the Festival’s season, Schubert’s masterful “Trout” Quintet.