Péter Tóth, piano
Franz Liszt Chapelle de Guillaume Tell, S. 160
Franz Liszt Waldesrauschen, S. 145
Amy Beach Arctic Night, Op. 64, No. 1
Franz Liszt Funerailles, S. 173
Clara Schumann Polonaise in E-flat, Op. 1, No. 1
Franz Liszt Ballade in B minor, S. 171
Franz Liszt Legend No. 2, ‘St. Francois de Paule marchant sur le flots’, S. 175
Franz Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No 6, S. 244
Péter Tóth made his debut at Old First Concerts in 2007, returning to the series in 2012 and 2016. 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. In addition to being a strong advocate of Franz Liszt’s music, Mr. Tóth has a wide and diverse repertoire, ranging from J. S. Bach to contemporary music, with a particular focus on the piano music of the 19th century. This concert will feature among others works from Clara Schumann and Amy Beach.
As a competitor, Mr. Tóth has won top prizes at numerous piano competitions, such as the American Paderewski Piano Competition (2013), the Franz Liszt International Piano and Voice Competition in Los Angeles (2010), and the Franz Liszt International Piano Competitions in Budapest (2001) and Weimar (2000).
Mr. Tóth is a regular guest artist at various piano festivals, such as the Festival de Musique au Château d’Excideuil and the Festival Musique en Vallée du Tarn in France. Most recently he performed in August of this year at the International Westfjords Piano Festival in Iceland. In addition, he was invited to serve on the jury panel of the Franz Liszt International Piano and Voice Competition in Los Angeles (2014) and the Liszt-Garrison International Piano Competition in Baltimore (2015). He has been member of the American Liszt Society since 2011. A few days after this concert he will be adjudicating the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition.