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WORLD OF THE PIANO
Dénes Várjon’s exceptional technical ability, deep musicality and wide-ranging musical interests make him one of the most exciting and best respected Hungarian pianists of his generation. His universal musical talent is evident in his work as an excellent soloist and first-class chamber musician on stages around the world, including New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall and Austria’s Wiener Konzerthaus. Várjon has won the Leó Weiner Chamber Music Competition in Budapest and Hungarian Radio’s National Piano Competition, as well as first prize in the Concours Géza Anda in Zurich and the Franz Liszt Prize, Sándor Veress Prize and Bartók-Pásztory Award from the Hungarian government. He currently teaches at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest.
Johann Sebastian Bach: English Suite No.2 in A Minor, BWV 807
Robert Schumann: Fantasie in C Major, op. 17
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Rondo in D Major, K. 485
Frédéric Chopin: Sonata in B Minor, op. 58
Program subject to change.
MEET THE ARTIST
Born in Budapest in 1968, Dénes Várjon graduated from the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in 1991, where he studied with Sándor Falvai, György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados. In younger years, he also took part in international masterclasses with Sir András Schiff in parallel to his studies. After winning the Leó Weiner Chamber Music Competition in Budapest and Hungarian Radio’s National Piano Competition, in 1991 he won first prize in the Concours Géza Anda in Zurich.Subsequently, in 1997, he received the Franz Liszt Prize, the Sándor Veress Prize and the Bartók-Pásztory Award from the Hungarian government.
His exceptional technical ability, deep musicality and his wide-ranging musical interests make Dénes Várjon one of the most exciting and best respected Hungarian pianists of his generation. His universal musical talent is evident in his work as an excellent soloist, first-class chamber musician, artistic director of festivals and extremely popular piano teacher.
Dénes Várjon is always a welcome guest in major concert halls, such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall and Wiener Konzerthaus. He has performed as a soloist on many occasions with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and with Kremerata Baltica. His festival appearances have also included the Salzburg Festival, the Davos Festival, Ruhr Piano Festival, Sir András Schiff’s Ittingen Whitsun concerts and the Piano Festival in Lucerne.
Chamber music plays a particularly important role in Dénes Várjon’s musical life, and he regularly meets with chamber music partners such as Sir András Schiff, Steven Isserlis, Heinz Holliger, Tabea Zimmermann, Joshua Bell and Leonidas Kavakos.
Sir Georg Solti, Sándor Végh, Iván Fischer, Ádám Fischer, Leopold Hager and Zoltán Kocsis are among the conductors he has worked with. Together with his wife, Izabella Simon, he not only performs in a piano duo but also jointly organises and directs several chamber music festivals, most recently the Kamara.hu Festival at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest in 2018. The pianist has an extensive discography with the Naxos, Capriccio, Hungaroton, ECM, Sony Classical and Hyperion labels.
Dénes Várjon teaches at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest and since 2019 has been artistic director of its Complete Works Live series featuring the piano chamber music of Robert Schumann.
CANCELED: PRE-CONCERT TALK
Sunday, March 6 at 1:30PM • Armstrong Concert Hall
Join us on the Sunday of each World of the Piano performance at 1:30PM in Armstrong Concert Hall for a Pre-Concert Talk! Learn about the artist’s program from Shenandoah Conservatory faculty and special guests.
CANCELED: PIANO MASTERCLASS
Monday, March 7 from 10AM to Noon • Armstrong Concert Hall
Observe the guest artists as they work with Shenandoah Conservatory piano students. Masterclasses are typically held on the Monday following each World of the Piano performance from 10AM to noon in Armstrong Concert Hall. Limited seating is open to the public for quiet observation. Please arrive by 9:45AM.
Accommodations for disabilities may be arranged by contacting the Box Office at least three days prior to the performance.
Photos by Mihály Kondella