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Release: Jan. 19, 2001
(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Gabor Csalog is pronounced "GA-bor CHAH-lohg")
Celebrated Hungarian pianist Gabor Csalog will present free UI recital
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The celebrated Hungarian pianist Gabor Csalog will present
a free recital at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3 in Clapp Recital Hall on the University
of Iowa campus.
Csalog, who teaches chamber music at the Bela Bartok Conservatory in Budapest,
will visit the UI as part of the School of Music's Piano Festival 2000-2001.
During his visit to the UI campus, Csalog will present a master class with
UI students at 9 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 4 in Clapp Recital Hall. The master class
may be observed by the public free of charge.
An annual event, the Piano Festival is a celebration of piano performance
and teaching. It includes master classes and performances from outstanding
visiting artist-teachers from around the world. Remaining events in Piano
Festival 2000-2001 will be a recital and master class by Leonard Hokanson
Feb. 24-25 and a recital and master class by Constance Keene March 25-26.
For the Feb. 3 recital Csalog will perform the Sonata in A minor, D. 537,
and the Impromptu in C minor, D. 899/1, by Franz Schubert; Klavierstuecke
(Piano pieces) op. 119 by Johannes Brahms; "Games," by Gyorgy Kurtag,
who was one of Csalogs teachers in Hungary; and the Sonata in C minor,
op. 111, of Beethoven.
Csalog was born in 1960 in Budapest. He began playing the piano at the age
of six and was accepted at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music at 11. He studied
with Hungarys most renowned piano teachers, including Kurtag, Zoltan
Kocsis and Andras Schiff. Later he was a postgraduate student at Indiana University,
where he was teaching assistant to Gyorgy Sebok for two years.
Since his student days, Csalog has given concerts throughout Europe. In
addition to performing the standard repertoire he is a noteworthy performer
of contemporary music. He has worked closely with composers including Kurtag
and Laszlo Sary and has presented many of their works in radio performances
Csalogs first solo recording, released in 1990, includes works by
Robert Schumann and Alexander Scriabin. He has also recorded Frederic Chopins
mazurkas and nocturnes and a selection of Schuberts works for the Hungaroton
and Fono Records labels, respectively. He is active as an editor for the Konemann
critical edition of Chopins complete piano works.
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