Tihamer Hlavacsek

Tihamér Hlavacsek, pianist made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall in 2003, where his playing was compared to the young Emil Gilels. He has performed in the world's most prominent concert halls, such as Gewandhaus (Leipzig), Konzerthaus (Berlin), Chatelet Theater (Paris), and also appeared in major cities in Europe, America and Asia (Vienna, Rome, Milan, Munich, Boston, Washington, Delhi, Mumbai).

Mr. Hlavacsek was awarded "Outstanding Young Artist of the Year" by critics of Gramofon in 2006. The first volume of his "World Premiere" solo recording cycle of the complete piano works of Karl Goldmark (Hungaroton Classics) was nominated for "best solo recording" award at MIDEM, Cannes in 2007.

He was soloist of the concert tour celebrating the Eastern Europian countries' affiliation to the European Union - EuropaMusicale 2004. Mr. Hlavacsek gave an all - Liszt solo recital at the prestigious Budapest Spring Festival in 2007. He performed with great success in Euro Musica Vitae 2000 television festival, to which he was elected as one of only two pianists from Europe. It was there that his outstanding talent was discovered by the renowned Hungarian pianist Peter Frankl, Professor of Piano, Yale University School of Music.

As a guest artist of international festivals Mr. Hlavacsek appeared in "Hungarian Season" in Berlin, Germany 2006, Como Autumn Festival, European Piano Forum, Cliburn Piano Institute, Fazioli Piano Festival, Savaria Interforum, and Budapest Music Weeks. Mr. Hlavacsek gave a recital in the Eastern Piano Festival, the leaders and permanent soloists of which are Adrienne Hauser and Zoltan Kocsis.

Zoltan Kocsis invited him to the Budapest Festival Orchestra in 1997. Mr. Hlavacsek also performed with the Philharmonia Society Orchestra, Musica Vitae Chamber Orchestra, Danubia Orchestra, and Symphonic Orchestra of Liszt Academy, Budapest, and collaborated with such conductors as Peter Csaba, Izaki Masahiro, Domonkos Heja and György Györivanyi-Rath.

He is first prize-winner of national and international piano competitions, including Andor Földes, Gandolfi, and Trieste. He made his first solo CD album in Rome as the winner of the Trieste Competition. He has been the Soloist of the Hungarian Radio since 1998 and the supported Young Artist of Glaxo Smithkline since winning its competition in 2002.

He was a featured guest of Hungarian Radio's Artist of the Week, From Europe's Concert Halls, Bravissimo and Music with Words portrait programmes. His recordings can be also heard on the National Public Radio of the United States, the Hungarian Television, the Duna Television and the Swedish Radio and Television. His recording are regularly broadcasted on Europian radios.

He was chosen to perform on the CD which was issued on the 125th Anniversary of Liszt Academy of Music and contained the performances of the most outstanding students. "This selection reflects the present, that is the pledge, the reserve of the future and has, just like the past, long-lasting values."

As a promising young artist he was selected to participate in the documentary films "The Hungarian Touch" by Darvas and "120 years of the Hungarian Piano Playing from Liszt to Now".

He attended Béla Bartók Conservatory (1991-1995); Liszt Academy of Music (1995-2002) in Budapest as a student of Professors Zoltán Benko, Sándor Falvai and Sándor Devich; and received the MM from Yale University in Peter Frankl's class, with generous support of the Solti Foundation (2002-2004 ).

In 2009 Mr. Hlavacsek was awarded a Doctoral Fellowship as the Teaching Assistant in Piano at Shenandoah University in Virginia, USA.

Mr. Hlavacsek has studied in such world-class pianists' masterclasses as András Schiff, Zoltán Kocsis, Ferenc Rados, Dmitri Bashkirov, Boris Berman, Claude Frank, Lev Naumov, Pierre-laurent Aimard, Joseph Kalichstein, Brigitte Engerer, Menahem Pressler and John O'Conor.

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Carnegie Hall debut
2003-03-20 American Hungarian Word, New York City
"The 26 years old Tihamer Hlavacsek... proved his talent at the New York concert as one of the most promising artists of his generation, especially by the astonishingly virtuosic performance of Prokofiev's Sonata Nr. 6."
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The Piano Works of Karl Goldmark
2012-10-01 Gramofon, Budapest
"The edition of Goldmark's complete piano works started by Hungaroton in 2006, has arrived at its 4th CD. The series has proved to be successful both nationally and internationally. The first CD and its performer were nominated for the MIDEM-prize in Cannes and received also the category award from Gramofon.(...)The 4th CD, released this summer, is a collection of the four-hand works in the astonishing interpretations by Tihamer Hlavacsek and Balázs Szokolay.(...)This series has not yet reached its completion(...)and, based upon the foregoing, we are strongly cheering for its continuation."
(István Németh G.)
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Goldmark Complete Piano Music
2010-10-01 International Piano, London

...(Hlavacsek) dives into the music with evident enthusiasm: he manages to accomodate both the Schumannesque Schwung and the Mendelssohnian textural delicacy.....three hours of pleasure - and a rich repository for pianists looking for some audience - pleasers with which to enrich their repertoire.

(Martin Anderson)
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