Series at the Liszt Academy

We’ve opened our 2018/19  series at the Franz Liszt Music Academy with a tremendous concert (with three encores!) performed by the renowned violinist, Kristóf Baráti . We invited four very special violinist to play during the circle, we are so much looking forward to showing our audience these soloists.


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24 January 2019, Franz Liszt Academy, Budapest

Cosima Soulez-Larivière, violin

Prokofjev: “Classical” Symphony No.1. in D major,  op. 25

Vasks: Violin concerto


Schubert: Symphony no.3.


Cosima Soulez Larivière was born in Paris, she has both French and Dutch nationality. She has performed publicly in Europe and Asia (Tokyo). In 2017, she was awarded the 1st prize, as well as numerous concert engagements, at the Bartok World Competition in Budapest, Hungary. In 2015, she obtained the 3rd prize (no first prize was awarded) and the Bach prize at the Postacchini Competition in Fermo, Italy. In that same year, she won the first prize at the Brahms Competition in Pörtschach, Austria.


She has participated in master-classes with Zakhar Bron, Dora Schwarzberg, Ana Chumachenko and others. She became a fellow of the Tanglewood Music Centre, USA, in the summer of 2016. Cosima is a recipient of the ESU Music Scholarship, UK (2015), the Live Music Now Hannover e.V. Scholarship, Germany (2015), the Deutschland Stipendium (2016) and the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (2017).


When she was eight, Cosima was awarded a scholarship to the Yehudi Menuhin School in Cobham, UK, where she became a pupil of Nathasha Boyarsky. She is currently studying at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hanover, Germany, with Prof. Krzysztof Wegrzyn.



9 March 2019, Franz Liszt Academy, Budapest

József Lendvay, violin


Stravinsky: Concerto in D

C.Saint-Saëns: Introduction and rondo capriccioso

Waxman: Carmen fantasie

L.Weiner – Lendvay József: Divertimento

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P.I. Csajkovszkij: Souvenir de Florence


József Lendvay began playing the violin at the age of four, his first teacher was his father, the well known violinist József Csócsi Lendvay. He began performing publicly at a young age and entered the class for outstanding talents at the Music Academy where he was a student of Professor Ferenc Halász and Miklós Szenthely. He attended masterclasses by Yehudi Menuhin, Ida Haendel, Igor Oistrakh, Jaap van Zweeden and Sándor Végh.


He has been the winner of the international violin competitions in Budapest, Czechoslovakia and in Amsterdam. In 1993 won the prize of the Summer Academy in Salzburg, and in 1994 he won the award for high quality of the Society of Hungarian Music Performers. He has been the winner of the Scheveningen violin competition; also he has been awarded by the International Music Critics. In 1996 he won the International Tibor Varga Violin Competition in Switzerland, and received the Bronze Cross of Distinction of the Republic of Hungary. In 1997 he won the first prize at the Tibor Varga International Violin Competition in Sion, earning the Paganini Prize, and the Prize of the Audience as well. In 1998 he was an Annie Fischer scholarship holder, and received the Lyra Award of the Hungarian Performing Arts Foundation. He was awarded by Ferenc Liszt Award in 1999.


He has performed in many countries, and been a soloist with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Holland Radio Orchestra, the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Suisse Romande. He regularly plays with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and contributed to their CD of Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsodies and Brahms Hungarian Dances (Philips.) He is a soloist and concertmaster of the National Orchestra, founded by Justus Franz and Leonard Bernstein, and has played several times at the Vatican: he was given a Papal bronze medal for his artistic activities. In 2016 he named Artist of Merit of Hungary. He plays on an instrument made in 1777 by Giovanni Tesstore.



25 May 2019, Franz Liszt Academy, Budapest

Agata Szymczewska, violin


L.Weiner: Pastorale, Fantasy and Fugue

Górecki: Notturno for violin and chamber orchestra

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C.Debussy: String quartet – version for string orchestra


“She plays with a poise, authority and musical intelligence beyond her years, sounding at times like a fiery young Ida Haendel.” /Hilary Finch, „The Times”, London 14th October 2010/


Winner of the 13th Henryk Wieniawski International Violin Competition in Poznań in 2006, Agata Szymczewska was awarded the Prize of the Audience and most special prizes, including major orchestra and recital engagements. She is also the winner of the London Music Masters Award in 2009.


The artist has performed in the most prestigious concert halls including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony Hall, Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Wigmore Hall in London, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Philharmonie in Berlin, Sala Sao Paulo in Brazil, Seoul Arts Center and in China, Japan, Canada, Taiwan, Chile, Columbia and Israel under the baton of Seiji Ozawa, Sir Neville Marriner, Andrey Boreyko, Krzysztof Penderecki, Maxim Vengerov, Michał Nesterowicz and Krzysztof Urbański.


In 2005, on the invitation of Maestro Sejii Ozawa, Szymczewska became the concertmaster of his orchestra on a tour of Japan and China. She was a regular participant in the prestigious Summer Music Academy in Switzerland, founded by Maestro Ozawa, where she has worked under the tutelage of such outstanding artists as Pamela Frank, Nobuko Imai, Sadao Harada, and Robert Mann. In February 2009, together with Krystian Zimerman she performed Grażyna Bacewicz’s piano quintets to commemorate the centenary of the composer’s birth. The tour culminated with the recording of an album on the Deutsche Grammophon label.


Agata Szymczewska performs regularly with Anne-Sophie Mutter and „Mutter’s Virtuosi”, touring four continents since 2014. Her chamber music partners include also Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer, Maxim Vengerov and Mischa Maisky. She is also the 1st violinist of the Szymanowski Quartet, an internationally recognized ensemble performing regularly around the world.


Born in Gdańsk in 1985, Szymczewska began to study the violin at the age of six at the State School of Music in Koszalin. She graduated from the Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań, where she studied with Professor Bartosz Bryła, and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover, from the class of Professor Krzysztof Węgrzyn. In October 2010, she became a faculty member at the Academy of Music in Poznań and since 2016 at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.


She currently plays a Nicolò Gagliano violin (1755), loaned courtesy of Anne-Sophie Mutter.



The concert series was funded by the National Cultural Fund



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