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Pianist Gyorgy Cziffra centenary to be marked worldwide


The 100th birth anniversary of Hungarian piano virtuoso Gyorgy Cziffra will be marked in 15 countries worldwide in 2021, the artistic director of the Hungarian celebrations said on public news channel M1 on Monday.

Pianist Janos Balazs said the Hungarian government had declared the period between February 2021 and May 2022 a Cziffra memorial year.
UNESCO has also included the anniversary on its list of celebrations, he said.
Budapest’s Palace of Arts, the Liszt Music Academy and the Hungarian Academy of Arts have partnered for the Hungarian events, he said.
Abroad, events will be organised in renowned concert halls including Moscow’s Tschaikovsky Conservatory, the Bozar Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, and Geneva’s Victoria Hall, he said.
Events will include an online concert broadcast from Budapest’s Music Academy with contributions from pianists Gergely Boganyi, Kalman Drafi, Karoly Mocsari and Janos Balazs, while master classes will be offered by soprano Erika Miklosa, cimbalom player Miklos Lukacs and pianists Kalman Drafi and Bela Szakcsi Lakatos.