The point is to increase gradually the level of the understanding, cultivation and practice of musical art. This task falls particularly to the new Academy.

Liszt to Antal Augusz

Kenneth Hamilton holds master class at the Liszt Academy

5. December 2018

The Scottish pianist and musicologist will visit the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music and hold a four part intensive lecture (in English language) at our university.

The title of the course:

The Evolution of Romantic Pianism: From Chopin and Liszt to Horowitz


Date, place:

18–20 December 2018

Auditorium, Main Building


You can download the detailed outline, essential and recommended reading material from here. As part of the program a book introduction will be held introducing the Hungarian translation of Mr. Hamilton’s book: After the Golden Age: Romantic Pianism and Modern Performance.

The master class is open to all students and teachers however those who are not members of the musicology department please send an e-mail to Prof. Gergely Loch (loch.gergely[kukac] and indicate your wish to attend. The deadline for notification is 2018 December 17th 12:00.The musicology students will be participating as active students and the students from other departments will be able to attend as passive students.


Planned schedule:

18 December 2018 (Tuesday), 14.00–16.30:
The Instrument of the Immortals? Written and Recorded Sources for the History of Piano Performance

18 December 2018 (Tuesday), 16.30–18.00:
The introduction of Mr. Kenneth Hamilton’s book: After the Golden Age: Romantic Pianism and Modern Performance  published by the  Rózsavölgyi Kiadó.

19 December 2018 (Wednesday), 10.00–12.30:
Romantic Improvisation: Preluding, Adaptation, Ornamentation, and the Status of the Score

19 December 2018 (Wednesday), 14.00–16.30:
Chopin, Liszt, and the Evolution of Performance Style

20 December 2018 (Thursday), 10.00–12.30:
The (Temporary?) Decline of Romanticism and the Dawn of “Modern” Performance Style


Kenneth Hamilton was generous enough to donate his three recordings (Back to Bach: Tributes and Transcriptions; Preludes to Chopin; Kenneth Hamilton plays Ronald Stevenson) to the library of the Academy and the CDs will be available for rent soon.