An Evening of Chamber Music with violist Máté SZŰCS and pianist Michèle GURDAL
Máté SZŰCS was a first prize winner on viola at the International Violin and Viola Competition in Liège, Belgium. He was also a finalist at the International Viola Competition ‘Jean Françaix’ in Paris and laureate of the International Music Competition ‘Tenuto’ in Brussels.
Szücs was just eleven when he won the special prize at the Hungarian Violin Competition for Young Artists. He went on to win first prize at the Violin Competition of Szeged and first prize for ‘Best Sonata Duo’ at the Hungarian Chamber Music Competition. At the age of seventeen, he changed from the violin to the viola and graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and the Royal Conservatory of Flanders with the highest distinction. He continued his studies at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth where he obtained his diploma, again, with the highest distinction.
Szücs is a member of various chamber ensembles such as the Mendelssohn Ensemble, Trio Dor, Enigma Ensemble and Fragments Ensemble. He has been a solo viola player with various prestigious orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders, the Bamberger Symphoniker, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
He is a very enthusiastic teacher and has previously held a teaching position at the University of Music in Saarbrücken, the Thy Chamber Music Festival in Denmark and is also viola tutor at the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme in Aldeburgh, UK. Szücs is regularly invited as a soloist in Europe and plays chamber music together with musicians such as Janine Jansen, Vadim Repin, Ilja Gringolts and Vladimir Mendelssohn. Since September 2011 he has been the principal solo viola player at the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, where he teaches viola at the orchestra academy.
Michèle Yuki GURDAL is a Belgian pianist. Born near Brussels, she took an interest in music at age 6, and by age 9 was performing Haydn's Piano Concerto in D major with the Belgian Chamber Orchestra on television. By 17 she graduated with honors from the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles, where she studied piano, chamber music, and music history. Her teachers included Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Homero Francesch, and Anatol Ugorski. In 2005, she was awarded a fellowship at the International Piano Academy at Lake Como. She continued her studies with Dmitri Bashkirov, Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler, Fou Ts'ong, William Grant Naboré, Andreas Staier, John Perry, and Claude Franck. She received a scholarship from the Wilhelm Kempff Foundation to study Beethoven with John O‘Conor. Gurdal has given numerous performances in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, England, Canada, and the United States, and she has appeared in chamber music performances with the Ensemble Cosmopolitan. Her debut CD on Challenge Classics consisted of etudes by Alexander Scriabin.
Johannes BRAHMS: Sonata No.2, op. 120
Robert SCHUMANN: Dichterliebe op. 48:
- No. 1 „Im wunderschönen Monat Mai“
- No. 7 „Ich grolle nicht“
- No. 10 „Hör ich das Liedchen klingen“
-No. 11 „Ein Jüngling liebt‘ ein Mädchen“
- No.12 „am leuchtenden Sommermorgen“
Robert SCHUMANN: Kerner Lieder op.35:
- No. 1 „Lust der Sturmnacht“
- No. 3 „Wanderlied“
- No. 5 „Sehnsucht nach der Waldgegend“
- No.10 „Stille Tränen“
Richard WAGNER: Tristan and Isolde – Isolde’s love death
César FRANCK: Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano
- Allegretto moderato
- Recitativo-Fantasia, Moderato
- Allegretto poco mosso