Zoltán Fejérvári won the prestigious competition this year and the additional 80 thousand dollars, reports szeretlekmagyarorszag.hu.
André Bourbeau, the head of the jury, announced the success of the 30-year-old pianist Wednesday evening. Fejérvári played Bartók’s third piano concerto in the final round, accompanied by the Montreal Symphony, with Claus Peter Flor, as the conductor. In the previous rounds, he played Janáček, Scriabin, Beethoven and Bach.
In 2014, Fejérvári received a Junior Prima award, but he has been successful at many piano competitions as well, such as the 2010 James Mottram International Piano Competition, organised in Manchester, where he placed second.
You can listen to his winning performance here:
Fejérvári is currently a teacher at the Chamber Music Department at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music. Among his teachers were András Kemenes, Dénes Várjon and Rita Vágner, but he also studied at The Queen Sofía College of Music in Madrid, having Dmitrij Baskirov as one of his teachers.
The pianist played with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Hungarian National Philharmonic, Concerto Budapest, MÁV Symphony Orchestra, collaborating with musicians such as Iván Fischer, Zoltán Kocsis, Gábor Takács-Nagy and Kobayashi Kenichiro.
photo: Concours musical international de Montréal – Facebook page