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”Focus on the young”- Concert by the mentees of János Balázs

19 July 2024, Friday, 19:00-21:00

Musicians: Trio Opus One - Maryia Trepashka (violin), Cseperke Donáczi (cello), Olivér Kepes (piano).

Programme: Shostakovich: 2 (E minor) trio, Franck: Trio in F minor Op. 1 No. 1

Two legendary trios, composed for violin, cello, and piano, separated by almost exactly one hundred years, will be performed by three young talents, protégés of pianist János Balázs. Mendelssohn dedicated his work, composed in 1845-46, to the celebrated violinist of the time, Louis Spohr, which also served as a 40th birthday gift for Fanny Mendelssohn. For a long time, the piece could not surpass the enthusiasm and acclaim evoked by his Trio No. 1 in D minor, completed in 1839—Schumann considered it the most accomplished masterpiece of the era—but later, both Brahms and Schumann himself recognized the value of the work, which they both later utilized in their own compositions.
Shostakovich began composing his second trio in 1943, influenced by the early death of Ivan Sollertinsky, a renowned thinker, theater, and music scholar. According to his letters, Shostakovich felt he would never be able to put another note on paper, but ultimately decided that he had to dedicate his emerging work to the memory of his friend. The grand chamber piece, which was difficult to birth, later became a huge success, almost immediately recorded, and even earned Shostakovich the Stalin Prize.

Salon programme: wine tasting courtesy of Tibor Winery, informal discussion with the artists.

Tickets: HUF 3,500

The event is organised in cooperation between Csigó Mill Cultural and Arts Centre Foundation and Cziffra Festival.

Sponsors: Bethlen Gábor Alapkezelő Zrt., Prime Minister's Office 

The TRIO OPUS ONE ensemble was founded by three talented young musicians in 2022 within the framework of the Academy of Music. They began their activities under the guidance of Gábor Csalog, a Liszt Ferenc Award-winning pianist.

They enjoy working with rarely performed pieces and contemporary music. They enrich their performances with innovative and creative ideas, often incorporating other arts, such as improvisational theater productions.

Their continually expanding repertoire already spans music history from the classical period to the 20th century. In 2023, they were admitted to the Talantum Hungaricum program under the mentorship of János Balázs. The trio members are: Maryia Trepashka (violin), Cseperke Donáczi (cello), and Olivér Kepes (piano).

Maryia Trepashka began her violin studies in her hometown, Minsk, from where she was admitted to the Budapest Academy of Music in the class of Márta Ábrahám and Barnabás Kelemen.

She has performed solos with the Belarusian State Philharmonic and the Liszt Ferenc Chamber Orchestra. She has been invited to the Utopia Orchestra led by Teodor Currentzis and has been awarded scholarships by Musica Mundi and the Bank of China.

Cseperke Donáczi started her cello studies in Pécs, then applied to the Bartók Béla Conservatory in Budapest under the tutelage of Krisztina Kardosné Kemény. She was admitted to Bard College in New York and the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music. She continued her studies in Hungary in the class of Csaba Onczay. She has assisted in several orchestras, including the Liszt Ferenc Chamber Orchestra, the National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Budapest Sound Collective, and the Székesfehérvár Alba Regia Symphony Orchestra.

Olivér Kepes began his piano studies in Hatvan, then moved to the Weiner Leó Secondary School of Music to study under András Héra. His teachers at the Academy of Music included Imre Hargitai, László Borbély, and János Balázs. He has played with the Budapest Strings and spent half a year studying at the Escola Superior de Musica in Barcelona with professors Jordi Camell and Juan de la Rubia. In addition to expanding the classical repertoire, he considers developing his improvisational skills important.

The Cziffra György Festival was founded in Hungary by János Balázs, a Kossuth Prize-winning pianist, to commemorate the most outstanding Hungarian pianist of the 20th century. Since 2016, the festival has successfully engaged the greatest domestic and international artistic personalities to achieve this common goal. In addition to concert series, the festival has expanded with other high-quality programs, with a significant focus on the classical music education of young people. It offers free professional programs and masterclasses to young artists and uniquely among domestic festivals, has established and awarded prizes to support talents at the beginning of their careers and to recognize human achievements that represent the highest cultural values both financially and morally.

Among others, the Cziffra Festival has featured performances by José Cura, Mischa Maisky, Evgeny Kissin, Fazil Say, Vadim Repin, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Arcadi Volodos, as well as Hungarian excellences such as Tamás Vásáry, Ferenc Snétberger, Erika Miklósa, Béla Szakcsi Lakatos, Félix Lajkó, Andrea Rost, and István Várdai.

The Cziffra Festival is supported by the Bethlen Gábor Fundation and the Prime Minister's Office.



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