April 19, 2009 - Montclair, NJ

An Afternoon of Classical Music at the home of Julia Lanigan




graduates of the Franz Liszt Academy, Hungary

Photos:  László Kerkay

Ágnes Kállay

Born in 1981, Ágnes Kállay started playing the violoncello at the age of six. Ágnes graduated at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest in 2006. She earned DAAD scholarship and studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, Germany. She won the Alpe Adria International Violoncello Competition Gorizia, Italy, and placed first at the Beethoven Chamber Music Competition, London, UK, in 2007. Ágnes is one of the founders of Excanto Ensemble (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Excanto). She is a member of Camerata Hungarica, Marquise and Excanto early music ensembles and a permanent guest of Mandel Quartet. She received scholarship last year to complete her study with Nick Tzavaras of the Shanghai Quartet at the Montclair State University.

Tünde Krasznai

Born in 1983, Tünde Krasznai started playing the piano at the age of seven. She graduated at Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest in 2006. She was awarded with the Special Prize and Golden Rank in the Silver Bells International Piano Competition in Ukraine in 2000. She placed first two times in the Budapest Piano Competition. She performed piano concertos with baroque and symphonic orchestras in Hungary, Transylvania, Germany, France and Dubai and also presented herself as a soloist in New York's Steinway Hall. She received the scholarship of the Terplan Family Foundation to study at the Montclair State University and this year she will get the Performer Certificate Degree. In 2009 she is recording two cds of romantic composers such as Schubert, Chopin, Schuman, Liszt Rachmaninov as requested and sponsored by the Steinway and Sons company.

The Musicians with Julia Lanigan the hostess

Ft Vas László, Kállay Ágnes, Kerkay Emese

Julia Lanigan with guests

Tünde Krasznai, Ft. László Vas, and Ágnes Kállay

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