Recently chosen by preeminent pianist, Sir András Schiff, to be one of three artists for whom he is arranging recitials worldwide in his “Building Bridges” program during the 2017-2018 season, János Palojtay was born in 1987 in Budapest, János started to play the piano at the age of five. At thirteen years old, he was admitted to the Special Class for Exceptional Young Talents at the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, from which he graduated in 2011. He studied under András Kemenes, Péter Nagy, and chamber music with Gábor Csalog, Márta Gulyás, and Rita Wagner. Subsequently he received a scholarship for two years study at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria in the class of Imre Rohmann. In 2014 he completed the prestigious “Konzertexamen” course at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart under Prof. Kirill Gerstein.
Most prominently, he was awarded Third Prize at XVII. Paloma O’Shea International Piano Competition in Santander, Spain (2012). In Budapest, he also obtained Second Prize at the I. International Chopin Competition, received the Gundel Art Prize (2011), and the Bíró Sári Memorial Award (2004).
As a soloist he has been invited to such festivals as “The Gilmore Rising Stars Series” in the United States (2012); Collegium Musicum, Pommersfelden, Germany (2012); the Tiszadob Piano Festival, Hungary (2008) and The Young People Festival, in South Korea (2005).
He has given recitals at the Salle Cortot, Paris, France (2013); the György Ligeti Hall, Graz, Austria (2012); the Piano aux Jacobins, Toulouse, France (2013) and all over Spain and in numerous other European venues.
János Palojtay has been a solo artist with orchestras such as the Budapest Philarmonic Society, the Miskolc Symphony Orchestra and the Savaria Symphony Orchestra, thus gaining the opportunity to collaborate with such conductors as Gergely Madaras, András Deák, Oliver von Dohnányi, and Christopher Hogwood in prominent venues including the Hungarian State Opera and the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall.
He participated masterclasses given by Ferenc Rados, Murray Perahia and also caught the attention of such musicians as András Schiff and Dmitrij Bashkirov from whom he received invitations to attend summer academies on full scholarships abroad.
János Palojtay has manifested musical activity in various fields since his early childhood, such as improvisation. He won the Improvisation Contest of the Béla Bartók Conservatory, Budapest. Later on, he also studied composition there. Since 2008 he has regularly played in the keyboard section of the Budapest Festival Orchestra. He is a permanent member of the Ludium Ensemble; a group which is deeply involved with studying and performing the music of György Kurtág. Expressing his support, the composer also attended performances of the group, after which he officially assured the group of his pleasure and countenance.
With regard to his commitment to chamber music, besides steadily performing with various ensembles, János Palojtay is a founding member of the Classicus Ensemble, which since 2010 attained the post of Artist in Residence at Central European University, Budapest. This ensemble also performs at various sites, including in the United States and many prestigious Hungarian venues.
Brahms piano concerto no. 1 in d minor op. 15
János Palojtay, pianist; Gergely Madaras, conductor; Savaria Orchestra
Mozart – Fantasia in do minore K475
Debussy: “Les pas sur la neige“
Bartók, “Two Romanian Dances” Op. 8a
Scriabin, “Valse” Op. 38