I am not exaggerating when I say that, whatever I achieved as a musician, I owe more to Leó Weiner than to anyone else. ... To me, he remains an outstanding example of what a musician should be.

Sir Georg Solti
Gábor Csalog Photo: Liszt Academy / László Mudra

Gábor Csalog

Chamber Music Department, School for Exceptional Young Talents

Chamber Music

Born: 1960
 
Academic degree, university position: associate professor
 
Studies:
1972-1977: Franz Liszt Academy of Music – Class of Exceptional Young Talents
1978-1982: Franz Liszt Academy of Music – Piano; professors: Erna Czövek, Klára Máthé, Zoltán Kocsis, Dezső Ránki, György Kurtág, Pál Kadosa, András Schiff
1983-1987: Indiana University; professor: György Sebők. He had been an assistant to Mr. Sebők for two years.
 
Teaching activities:
Since 1987 he has been a teacher at the Béla Bartók Secondary School of Music
Since 2005 he has been a teacher at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music
 
PRrofessional activities:
Since 1993 he has been a publisher of Chopin Urtexts at Könemann Music.
He has developed a working relationship with a number of Hungarian composers, including László Sáry and Gyula Csapó, which has been indicated by many premières and compositions dedicated to him.
He has worked together with György Kurtág, of whom he has since become an authentic performer.
Since the turn of the millennium he has taken a major role in presenting the piano compositions of György Ligeti in Hungary – with Mr. Ligeti he has also developed an important working relationship.
 
Major concerts:
He has given solo- or chamber concerts in almost all the European countries and in the USA. He has played together with Miklós Perényi, Heinz Holliger, and Boris Pergamenchikov. His most frequent chamber music partners has been András Keller (violin), András Kemenes (piano four-hands), Csaba Klenyán (clarinet) and István Varga (cello).
 
Recordings:
1990: Compositions of Schumann and Skryabin
1997: Chopin, Frédéric: Mazurkas (complete) (Hungaroton, HCD 31755)
1997: Hungaroton Classic - 1998 (Hungaroton, HCD 31774)
1999: Csapó, Gyula: Handshake After Shot (Kézfogás lövés után) (BMC Records, BMC CD 013)
1999: Tihanyi, László: Árnyjáték (Schattenspiel) (BMC Records, BMC CD 027)
2001: Max Reger: Chamber Pieces for Clarinet (Hungaroton, HCD 32034-35)
2002: Dervish Dance (BMC Records, BMC CD 059)
2002: Schubert Piano Compositions (BMC Records, BMC CD 084)
2002: Serei, Zsolt: I look up: just light (Nézek fel: csak fény) (BMC Records, BMC CD 073)
2003: Sáry, László: Dance Music (BMC Records, BMC CD 069)
2005: Skryabin, Alexander: Etrangeté / Strangeness – Preludes and Poems (BMC Records, BMC CD 099)
2006: Kurtág, György: Games No 1. (BMC Records, BMC CD 123)
2008: Kurtág, György: Games No 2. (BMC Records, BMC CD 139)
 
Awards and decorations:
2003: Liszt Prize
2012: Artisjus Prize
 
Contact: csaloggabor.za[at]gmail.com