György Cziffra Memorial Year

In 2021 the Hungarian and international music scene is to pay tribute to the memory of the world-famous pianist György Cziffra with the Cziffra100 program series. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the artist, the period from February 2021 to May 2022 has been declared the György Cziffra Memorial Year by the Hungarian government, and it was added it to the list of annually celebrated anniversaries by UNESCO. The memorial year is to open with the Cziffra Festival in February with its concerts in Budapest, after which the programs are to continue throughout the year in 13 rural cities, 15 countries with a total of more than 100 events.
As a result of the unlimited cooperation HAA as well as the Research Institute of Art Theory and Methodology of HAA are also to participate in the joint implementation of the programs in addition to numerous cultural partners, including the Purcell Choir and Orfeo Orchestra, founded by HAA President György Vashegyi, and pianist Gergely Bogányi, a regular member of HAA is to perform at a gala concert too.
As part of the commemorative year 29 programs are being prepared in 12 countries with performances given by world-renowned artists and young talents. The series is to focus on the cities where George Cziffra performed, including London, Paris, Nice, Passau, Stuttgart and New York. In Müpa and Paris a piece of Péter Eötvös is also to be presented, which is a piano concerto entitled Cziffra Psodia, composed in honor of György Cziffra and dedicated to pianist János Balázs, who is the art director of the Cziffra Festival and Memorial Year.
Further information on the events and memorial year can be found on the following website:  https://cziffrafesztival.hu/
György Cziffra (5 November 1921 – 15 January 1994), also known as Georges Cziffra and George Cziffra, was a Hungarian-French virtuoso pianist and composer. He is considered to be one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century. Among his teachers was István Thomán, who was a favourite pupil of Franz Liszt. György Cziffra became a French citizen in 1968. Cziffra is known for his recordings of works of Franz Liszt, Frédéric Chopin and Robert Schumann, and also for his technically demanding arrangements of several orchestral works for the piano, including Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee and Johann Strauss II's The Blue Danube.​
2020. november 22.