8 JUN 2018 (FRI), 7:30PM
VICTORIA CONCERT HALL
His sensational technique, deep musicality, wide range of interest have made Denes Varjon one of the most exciting and highly regarded participants of international musical life. He is a universal musician: excellent soloist, first-class chamber musician, artistic leader of festivals, highly sought–after piano pedagogue.
Widely considered as one of the greatest chamber musicians, he works regularly with pre-eminent partners such as Steven Isserlis, Tabea Zimmermann, Kim Kashkashian, Jorg Widmann, Leonidas Kavakos, Andras Schiff, Heinz Holliger, Miklos Perenyi, Joshua Bell. As a soloist he is a welcome guest at major concert series, from New York's Carnegie Hall to Vienna's Konzerthaus and London's Wigmore Hall. He is frequently invited to work with many of the world's leading symphony orchestras, such as the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Russian National Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Among the conductors he has worked with are Sir Georg Solti, Sandor Vegh, Ivan Fischer, Adam Fischer, Heinz Holliger, Horst Stein, Leopold Hager, Zoltan Kocsis. He appears regularly at leading international festivals from Marlboro to Salzburg and Edinburgh.
He also performs frequently with his wife Izabella Simon, playing four-hand and two-piano recitals together. In the past decade they organized and led several chamber music festivals, the most recent one being "kamara.hu” at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest. In recent years Mr. Varjon has built a close cooperation with Alfred Brendel: their joint Liszt project was presented, among others, in the UK and Italy.
He has recorded for the Naxos, Capriccio and Hungaroton labels with critical acclaim. Teldec released his CD with Sandor Veress’ “Hommage à Paul Klee” (performed with Andras Schiff, Heinz Holliger and the Budapest Festival Orchestra). His recording “Hommage à Geza Anda”, (PAN-Classics Switzerland) has received very important international echoes. His solo CD with pieces of Berg, Janaček and Liszt was released in 2012 by ECM. In 2015 he recorded the Schumann piano concerto with the WDR Symphonieorchester and Heinz Holliger, and all five Beethoven piano concertos with Concerto Budapest and Andras Keller.
Denes Varjon graduated from the Franz Liszt Music Academy in 1991, where his professors included Sandor Falvai, Gyorgy Kurtag and Ferenc Rados. Parallel to his studies he was a regular participant at international masterclasses with András Schiff. Denes Varjon won first prize at the Piano Competition of Hungarian Radio, at the Leo Weiner Chamber Music Competition in Budapest and at the Geza Anda Competition in Zurich. He was awarded with the Liszt, with the Sandor Veress and with the Bartok-Pasztory Prize. Mr. Varjon also works for Henle's Urtext Editions.