April 27, 2004. - Hungarian Consulate General, NY

Organized by the Hungarian ConsulateGeneral, NY
in cooperation with the Hungarian Cultural Center, NY

Celebrating Hungary's Accession to the European Union

MUSICAL RECITAL BY KLÁRA WÜRTZ PIANIST

WORKS BY ÁDÁM WÜRTZ
Hungary's leading graphic artist
Last show in New York before returning to Hungary
Courtesy of János Arányi, art dealer

Photos: Tamas Barat and Gabriella Gyorffy

Greetings by H.E. Ambassador John B. Richardson
Head of the Delegation of the European Commission to the UN

Ceramics designer Eva Zeisel was among the guests...

...and was greeted by Pál Kövesdy.

Klára Würtz pianist

Klára Würtz started playing the piano at the age of 5. As a child she soon showed an exceptional talent for this instrument. Therefore, her career started in the early seventies, when she became a member of the Hungarian Children's Choir of Radio and Television. She attended the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy, her teachers were Mrs. Máthé, then Zoltán Kocsis, Ferenc Rados, György Kurtág. Later she received scholarships from András Shiff for his master-classes in Prussia Cove, England.

In 1985 Ms. Würtz won the Ettore Pozzoli piano competition in Milan being praised for her superior technical  commans and extraordinary sensitivity towards the music, charismatic qualities. Three years later, she came into the prizes at the International Piano Competition in Dublin, Ireland. She passed with distinction as a performing artist and a music pedagogue at the List Academy of Music, Budapest.

In 1991 Ms. Würtz signed up with Columbia Artists Management, New York, and since then has performed over a hundred concerts in the US and Canada. Her most successful recitals were in the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. and the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, Carnegie Hall, NY. In addition she made many recordings for French, American, Hungarian and Dutch radio and television. At the moment she lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Ádám Würtz, Hungary's leading graphic artist, was born in Tamási, Hungary and his early works were greatly inspired by the rich folklore of his birthplace. He was named after his adventurous grandfather, who spent several years in NYC with his son, both working as costume tailors at the Metropolitan Opera.

While he is best known as a painter and printmaker, he initially earned the love and recognition as an illustrator. His first assignments, Uncle Tom's Cabin, and Huckleberry Finn, brought him immediate success. His numerous children's book illustrations made his name a household word among the younger generation.

After a highly successful one man show a the Profile Gallery, NYC in 1979 he has become a commercial as well as an artistic success in the US as well.

The Romeo & Juliet Suite is considered the culmination of Adam Würtz's illustrative period. These etchings have received a number of international awards and are in the collections of such major museums as the Hermitage, the Puschkin Museum, the Gutenberg Museum and such institutions as the New York Public Library, several prominent American corporations and universities.

Dr. Gábor Horváth, Klára Würtz and Gabriella Lonkai Horváth

 

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