The Georges Cziffra Festival
The Georges Cziffra Festival was organised in Hungary by János Balázs, Steinway Artist and Kossuth Prize winner pianist to commemorate one of the most prominent pianists of the 20th century. Since 2016, we have invited the most prestigious Hungarian and international artists in order to achieve the common objective. The events will be organised in the concert halls of the Liszt Academy, the Müpa and the MOM Cultural Centre. In addition to the concert series, the festival has also been extended with other outstanding programmes, and there is special focus on the classical music education of young people. The Festival provides young artists with free professional programmes and master courses, and it was the first Hungarian festival to found prizes and award them to talents starting their career and in order to recognize – both financially and morally – human achievements creating the highest cultural values. Within five years, this has become one of the most successful and most special festivals in Hungary, addressing thousands of people every year.
Some of the artists performing at the concerts of the Cziffra Festival: José Cura, Mischa Maisky, Evgeny Kissin, Fazil Say, Vadim Repin, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Arcadi Volodos and some excellent Hungarian artists: Tamás Vásáry, Barnabás Kelemen, Ferenc Snétberger, Erika Miklósa, Béla Szakcsi Lakatos, Félix Lajkó, Andrea Rost, Gábor Hollerung and István Várdai.
Chief patron of the Cziffra Festival: János Áder, President of Hungary