Zoltán Fejérvári has emerged as one of the most intriguing pianists of a new generation of Hungarian musicians, a virtuoso in the truest sense, and in demand on the world’s concert stages. Winner of the 2017 Concours Musical International de Montréal and recipient of the prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in 2016, Zoltán Fejérvári has appeared in recitals throughout Europe and the United States at Carnegie Hall, the Kimmel Center, the Library of Congress, Gasteig in Munich, Lingotto in Turin, Palau de Música in Valencia, Biblioteca Nacional de Buenos Aires, and Liszt Academy in Budapest. He has performed as a soloist with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Hungarian National Orchestra, and the orchestras of Verbier Festival and Concerto Budapest, among others, and has collaborated with such conductors as Iván Fischer, Gábor Tákács-Nagy, Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi, and Zoltán Kocsis.
During the 2018-2019 season, Zoltán Fejérvári appears in recital, in chamber music, and as soloist with orchestra. In September, he performs a program of J.S. Bach and Schumann at Classical Spree, the festival of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. At the request of Sir András Schiff, a longtime mentor to Fejérvári, this August the pianist performs … quasi una fantasia …Op. 27, no. 1 and the Double Concerto Op. 27 No. 2, both written for solo and instrumental groups dispersed in space, by György Kurtág in Schiff’s stead at the Lucerne Festival. Further in the season, the pianist appears in Kalamazoo as part of the Gilmore Keyboard Festival Rising Stars series, Union College in Schenectady, Coast Recital Society and Vancouver Recital Society in British Columbia, and, in Europe, concerts in Budapest and Turin. He also plays for the anniversary concert for the Borletti-Buitoni Trust. He tours twice with Musicians from Marlboro, performing chamber music in Greenwich, Connecticut, New York City, Schenectady, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and later to Brattleboro, Vermont, Montreal, Ames, IA, and San Francisco.
Orchestral engagements include Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 15, with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, led by Iván Fischer in Budapest and on tour to Warsaw. Fejérvári plays a pair of contrasting concertos at the Franz Liszt Academy: J.S. Bach’s Concerto in F Minor, BWV 1056, and Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 35. Fejérvári also appears in duo recital with fellow Hungarian, cellist István Várdai in Jülich, Germany and at Paris’s Théâtre des Abesses. They are joined by violinist Rosanne Philippens for performances of keyboard trios in Amsterdam.
Fejérvári is a frequent performer in chamber music. He has collaborated with the Keller and Kódaly Quartets, and violinists Joseph Lin, András Keller, cellists Gary Hoffman, Cristoph Richter, Ivan Monighetti, Frans Helmerson, Steven Isserlis, and horn player Radovan Vlatkovic. Fejérvári has appeared at Kronberg’s “Chamber Music Connects the World” program, Prussia Cove’s “Open Chamber Music,” Lisztomania at Châteauroux, France, the Tiszadob Piano Festival in Hungary, and Encuentro de Música in Santander, Spain. At the invitation of artistic director Mitsuko Uchida, he participated in the Marlboro Music Festival in the summers of 2014 and 2016.
Distinguished pianist András Schiff chose Fejérvári for “Building Bridges,” a series established to highlight young pianists of unusual promise. Under this aegis Mr. Fejérvári gave recitals during the 2017-2018 season in Berlin, Bochum, Brussels, Zurich, Ittingen, among other cities.
Zoltán Fejérvári’s recording of Liszt’s Malédiction with the Budapest Chamber Symphony, on the Hungaroton label, was awarded the Grand prix du Disque in 2013. The recording was followed by a CD of four sonatas for piano and violin by Mozart with violinist Ernő Kállai, issued in 2014 by Hungaroton.