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Botond Szöcs (piano) plays Enescu and Chopin

Friday September 6, 2019 at 13:10
St James's Church, Piccadilly, London
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. Suite No 2 in D major Op 10 - George Enescu
    • Pavane
    • Bourée
  2. Ballade No 1 in G minor Op 38 - Fryderyk Chopin
  3. Ballade No 2 in F Op 38 - Fryderyk Chopin
  4. Ballade No 3 in A flat Op 47 - Fryderyk Chopin
  5. Ballade No 4 in F minor Op 52 - Fryderyk Chopin

The 23 year old pianist Botond Szöcs got noticed in the music world thanks to his unmistakable energetic temperament boosted by intense artistic feelings and expressed by a persuasive power of interpretation. Student at the Faculty of Music - Transilvania University of Brasov, under the guidance of professor Stela Dragulin, a great name of Romanian and worldwide piano school, Botond has participated at numerous national and international competitions winning ten first prizes, including First Prize and the Festival’s Trophy at the National Contest Victor Giuleanu (2012) and Remember Enescu Prize, awarded by George Enescu Foundation. These prizes were followed in 2017 by The Jury’s Special and Excellence Prizes at the Art Estival Brasov Contest – 7th Edition, as well as the American - Romanian Academy for Arts and Sciences Music Award for Excellence -The Best Concert Performer as a Soloist, Member of a Chamber Music Ensemble and Accompanist.

Botond Szöcs started as a soloist when he was just 17 years old, playing Mozart’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in F Major, KV 459 with Philharmonic Orchestra of Sibiu. Following that, he gave performances alongside the country accompanied by diverse philharmonic orchestras. His repertoire extended fast including the highlights of the genre, piano concertos belonging to W.A.Mozart, L.van Beethoven, E. Grieg, F. Liszt, R. Schumann, F. Chopin, S. Rachmaninov and W. Lutoslawski.

Preoccupied by chamber music, between 2015 and 2016, Botond performed the complete Mozart and Beethoven’s sonatas for piano and violin. Deeply impressed by the artistic performance of the young musician, violinist Peter Rosenberg (first concert master of the Bamberger Symphoniker, Germany and Botond’s partner in the Beethoven integral) said: “young pianist Botond SZOCS continues the plethora of talent in the class of the famous piano professor, Stela Dragulin. He has an eruptive and passionate temper, but senses and creates poetic aspects of music with a highly developed and consistent technique always subordinated to the musical content.” Moreover, beginning with 2017, Botond started the series of recitals focused on the repertoire for two pianos and piano quintet.

Notable moments in Botond’s pianistic ascension are also the appearances with recital programs both in Romania and abroad, among which we mention tours from Great Britain, Italy, Hungary, Germany, Montenegro, Republic of Moldova to Vietnam and China. However, his artistic performance was considered a success, captivating the audience with an "electrifying, deeply profound performance." (Press Release) and being constantly praised by the music critics.

Botond’s interest does not stop at his performing skills, since due to his interest in scientific activities he has participated in several student competitions, where he made himself conspicuous with his works of music analysis. The two published papers in the 2017 Edition of the Bulletin of Transilvania University brought him two first prizes and also the recognition as The Best University Student Work of the Faculty of Music.

Certainly Botond Szöcs’ career continues to climb and develop based on his exceptional technique and accurate intuition of music, managing to stylistically render unique interpretations of musical works from conception to execution.

Free recital (retiring collection)

St James's Church, Piccadilly
197 Piccadilly
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