Tuesday October, 10 at Sale Apollinee of La fenice Theater special concert of Tamás Érdi pianist for 50th anniversary of Zoltán Kodály.
Notturno N° 10 Op. post. in do diesis minore
Ballata Op. 23 in sol minore
Andante Spianato e Grande Polonaise Brillante
Op. 22 in mi bemolle maggiore
8 improvvisazioni sui canti contadini ungheresi
Op. 20 (1930)
Suite Bergamasque (rev. 1905)
3 Clair de lune
Danze di Marosszék (1927)
Zoltán Kodály (16 December 1882 Kecskemét – 6 March 1967 Budapest) was one of the most outstanding personalities of 20th century Hungarian culture: a composer, ethnomusicologist, music educator, linguist and philosopher. His internationally acknowledged method of music education is the basis for general music teaching in Hungary, and also plays an important role in the training of professional musicians. Kodály believed that music education should begin at the earliest possible age. Kodály’s concept was to raise music lovers and musically competent people. In recognition of his work as an ethnomusicologist, music educator, and composer, UNESCO has designated 2017 as a special Zoltán Kodály anniversary year. According to UNESCO, over the past century, the Kodály concept of safeguarding traditional folk music has helped to promote, transmit and document local practices in Hungary and assisted communities abroad for similar purposes. The concept has been incorporated in school curricula since 1945.
Pianist Tamás Érdi lost his eyesight as a result of an oxygen overdose in a defective incubator. His interest in music was discovered at a very young age. His teachers use a unique method called “the structural method” to teach Tamás play the piano, whereby he virtually “recomposes” the music he is introduced to.
At 15, he plays a Mozart piano concerto at the prestigious Budapest Spring Festival with leading conductor Tamás Vásáry. At 17, he wins the Louis Braille International Piano Competition in Moscow and gets admission to the Music Academy in Vienna.
At 18 they win the Gina Bachauer Piano Competition with a five-piano arrangement in Salt Lake City. In 2002 Tamás graduates from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto as piano artist instructed by Leon Fleisher. During his studies in Toronto he plays with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Iceland Symphony, Symphony Orchestra of the Hungarian Radio, the Vienna Mozart Orchestra, the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sverdlovsk Symphonic Orchestra.
In 2012 he is closing act of the Liszt Bicentennial events in Romania with the Enescu Symphonic Orchestra. He performs at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, plays in Siberia, Russia, Kuwait, Lebanon, US, Canada and several European cities, most recently in London at the Barbican Centre and works with all symphonic orchestras in Hungary. He plays for 4,000 people under the famous Chopin statue in Warsaw, Poland several times.
In 2008 Tamás receives the Junior Prima Prize Awarded to talented individuals under 30 and wins Prima Primissima in 2010, which is the most prestigious professional recognition for Hungarian individuals by the private sector. In 2012 he receives the “Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic, Knight’s Cross” state decoration.