Dénes Várjon Talks to Sebastian Smallshaw About Budapest’s Kamara.hu

Dénes Várjon in conversation with Sebastian Smallshaw

András Keller and Dénes Várjon playing Busoni’s Second Violin Sonata at kamara.hu 2019
(c) Liszt Academy/Gábor Valuska

Dénes Várjon studied music at the Liszt Academy with Sándor Falvai, György Kurtág, and Ferenc Rados. Over the last 25 years, he has established an international career as a concert pianist and chamber musician, and is a regular guest at prestigious festivals in Europe and the United States. Since 2015, he has been artistic co-director of the chamber music festival kamara.hu, which he coordinates together with his wife, the pianist Izabella Simon. I spoke with Dénes Várjon in Budapest, just after he had performed in the second concert of this year’s kamara.hu.

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Kamara.hu Opening Concerts: from Bach to Ligeti

HungaryHungary Kamara.hu 2017 Chamber Music Festival [1] – Brahms, Schubert, Ligeti, Mahler, Bach, Busoni, Bruch, Beethoven: various performers. Solti Hall, Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest. 16-17.11.2017. (SS)

Izabella Simon (piano) & Marie-Claude Chappuis (c) Liszt Academy/László Mudra

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Budapest Thrills to a Dramatic Faust Festival

HungaryHungary Gounod, Busoni  Faust 225 Festival, Hungarian State Opera, Orchestra and Chorus, State Opera House, Budapest (Festival ran 17 May to 1 June) (RD)

Gounod 1 H16A744 At left Mephistopheles (Gábor Bretz) and Marthe (Bernadett Wiedemann), at right Faust (Dario Schmunck) and Marguerite (Andrea Rost) (photo – Péter Rákossy) (1)

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