The 100th birth anniversary of Hungarian piano virtuoso György Cziffra will be marked in 15 countries worldwide in 2021, the leader of the Hungarian celebrations said on public news channel M1 on Monday.
Pianist János Balázs said the Hungarian government had declared the period between February 2021 and May 2022 a Cziffra memorial year.
UNESCO has also included the anniversary on its list of celebrations, he said.
Budapest’s Palace of Arts, the Liszt Music Academy and the Hungarian Academy of Arts have partnered for the Hungarian events, he said.
Abroad, events will be organised in renowned concert halls including Moscow’s Tschaikovsky Conservatory, the Bozar centre of arts in Brussels, and Geneva’s Victoria Hall, he said.
Events will include an online concert broadcast from Budapest’s Music Academy with contributions from pianists Gergely Bogányi, Kálmán Drafi, Károly Mocsári and János Balázs, while master classes will be offered by soprano Erika Miklósa, cymbalom player Miklós Lukács and pianists Kálmán Drafi and Béla Szakcsi Lakatos.