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Alex Szilasi

Alex Szilasi

Alex Szilasi

*1968 Parma

A pianist born in Parma, in 1968. He graduated from the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest in 1993 and has given masterclasses at many educational institutions in Hungary and abroad. He has also been a professor and department dean at the Korean University of Daegu. Since 2001, he has been head of a series of publications of nineteenth-century piano music (Editions Fuzeau), and since 2004 he has performed Romantic piano masterworks in concerts organised at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, including all the compositions of Chopin. He has helped to popularise Hungarian editions of the Chopin biographies by Barbara Smoleńska-Zielińska and Ferenc Liszt, and he was also the initiator of music salons at several Hungarian institutions, including the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences and the Club of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. In 2010, he was invited to take part in the Chopin Year celebrations in Poland and was appointed a Chopin Ambassador. That same year, he released four discs on the Hungaroton label, which were hailed as exceptional Chopin recordings. As part of his preparations for Chopin Year, he launched a series of events aimed at recording on a Pleyel piano all the Polish composer’s works and also a facsimile edition, in collaboration with Editions Fuzeau, of Chopin first editions. Since 2011, he has continued his historical research with the Fryderyk Chopin Institute, making recordings and hunting for pianos from Chopin’s times. His major distinctions have included a prize from the jazz magazine Gramofon (2008), the Polish cultural order of merit (2011) and the Gold Cross awarded by the Hungarian Parliament (2012).


 

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