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Péter Tóth – March 6, 2016

Péter Tóth, piano

Franz Schubert Impromptu in C minor, Op. 90
Johannes Brahms Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 21, No. 1
Franz Liszt Mephisto Walz No. 1 and excerpts from Années de pèlerinage, première année: Suisse, including No. 1 Chapelle de Guillaume Tell, No. 2 Au lac de Wallenstadt, No. 3 Pastorale, No. 5 Orage, No. 6 Vallée d’Obermann
Béla Bartók Suite for Piano, Op. 14

Péter Tóth made his debut at Old First Concerts in 2007, returning to the series in 2012 with a program of Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms and Liszt.  We are delighted to have him perform for us again. Through the years Péter has rapidly become known as one of the most significant Liszt interpreters of his generation. He made his first CD recording in 2005, an all-Liszt program released by Stockfisch Records, and in 2006 his recording Liszt Late Piano Works won the Grand Prix International Liszt du Disque award of the Budapest Liszt Society. Péter has a long list of awards and top prices from prestigious international competitions, starting back in 1999 when he won the Florestano Rossomandi International Piano competition in Bovino, Italy. A year later he won the Franz Liszt International Piano competition in Weimar, Germany, after which he made a highly praised debut at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw resulting in frequent re-engagements in the Netherlands. In 2001 he won the Franz Liszt International Piano competition in Budapest. In 2010 he won top honors in two categories of the Franz Liszt International Piano and Voice Competition in Los Angeles, as well as the Grand Prize. In 2013 he was first prize winner oft he American Paderewski Piano Competition. He has recently earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance at the University of Texas in Austin. His scholarly activities have included the investigation of the progressive harmonic language of Franz Liszt’s piano music.  His scientific work, Symmetrical Pitch Constructions in the Piano Works of Franz Liszt is to be published in the Spring of 2016.

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