Sep. 19, 2012
Webster University and the Artist Presentation Society Present Zsolt Bognár, Piano
Webster University and the Artist Presentation Society Present pianist Zsolt Bognár performing works by Schumann, Liszt and Beethoven. The program includes:
Kinderscenen (Scenes from Childhood), Opus 15
Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Der Doppelganger (from Schwanengesang, S560, after Schubert)
Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Scherzo and March, S.177
Klavierstücke, D. 946 No. 1 in E-Flat
Franz Schubert (1797- 1828)
Piano Sonata No. 22 in F, Opus 54
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
When: Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, 4 p.m.
Where: Winifred Moore Auditorium, Webster University
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
Cost: $15 general public, $12 Seniors Free to students with valid I.D.
More info: Call the Webster University Fine Arts Hotline at 314-822-4697 or visit www.apsmusic.org.
Hailed by the European press for his “overwhelmingly visceral” playing and a “phenomenal sound world realized through maximum palette,” Zsolt Bognár has also been recognized by the Akron-Beacon Journal as “at once extraordinary and authentic.” Recipient of the 2007 Arthur Loesser Prize, Mr. Bognár has studied for more than ten years with Sergei Babayan. Mr. Bognár completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and is frequently invited to perform chamber music with members of the Cleveland Orchestra and the former Cleveland Quartet. He performed a solo debut recital in May 2009 in Tokyo’s Suntory Hall introduced by the Japanese composer and musical icon Shigeaki Saegusa.
Winner of numerous awards and prizes, Mr. Bognár won ﬁrst prize in the 2000 Harvard Musical Association Competition, the Boston Musician’s Prize, the 2004 Allegro Vivo Competition in Austria, the 2005 CIM Concerto Competition, 2006 Kankakee Valley Concerto Competition, and was a winner in the 2008 Bradshaw and Buono Competition in New York. His appearances abroad have included performances in Hungary, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Japan, Russia, and an ongoing series of tours in the Netherlands. In the United States, his performances have included appearances at Lincoln Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington and the venerable 92nd Street Y. Many of his recitals and interviews have been broadcast live over NPR and telecast over the internet. Mr. Bognár won the 2009 Artist Presentation Society Auditions in St. Louis. In 2010 he was presented in a solo German recital debut in Munich’s Rubinstein Hall, and in November appeared in Los Angeles performing Beethoven’s First Concerto with Case Scaglione and the Debut Orchestra, where an HD documentary was ﬁlmed about the project.
He also includes music scholarship and journalism in his interests and has published reviews and program notes for several publications. More recently, he has been involved in many technology-integrated distance-learning projects for children, and community service musical outreach. Also very active in new music ensembles, Mr.Bognár has premiered works by award-winning young composers.
In December 2010, Mr. Bognár completed a recording and ﬁlm project with Grammy winning producer Philip Nedel in Berlin. A proﬁle documentary about Mr. Bognár is forthcoming as well as a new series of web videos in regular episodes entitled “Zsolt Bognar & Friends” which seeks to raise awareness about the many issues of musical life, in conversation with prominent musical ﬁgures around the world.