The most important class, however, for me and for hundreds of other Hungarian musicians, was the chamber-music class. From about the age of fourteen, and until graduation from the Academy, all instrumentalists except the heavy-brass players and percussionists had to participate in this course. Presiding over it for many years was the composer Leó Weiner, who thus exercised an enormous influence on three generations of Hungarian musicians.

Sir Georg Solti

8 December 2018, 19.00-21.00

Solti Hall



Károly Binder (piano)

Anyone who follows European jazz will certainly know the name Károly Binder. The head of the Liszt Academy Jazz Department is undoubtedly one of the most colourful personalities on the domestic scene, an artist whose successful career has been marked by countless concerts, nearly 100 albums, dozens of film and theatre commissions, and a whole display cabinet of elite prizes. Binder’s style has been influenced not only by the jazz greats but by Béla Bartók and Hungarian folk music. At the same time he has tried to shape his own identity as a creative artist, and when teaching this is the message he transmits to his students. His performance style is unique to say the least: his technical repertoire encompasses the preparation of pianos and the percussive use of the instrument, while his compositions span many genres, from the borders of classical music through modern minimalism to mainstream jazz. Although Binder is also famed as a conductor, by his own admission the solo piano is his favourite pursuit, so this recital holds much promise indeed.

Presented by

Liszt Academy Concert Centre


HUF 1 900, 2 500