The training I received at the Academy was difficult and at times harsh, but those who survived the experience emerged as real musicians.

Sir Georg Solti
Hommage à Zoltán Kocsis

23 April 2021, 19.30-21.00

Grand Hall

Here and Now

Hommage à Zoltán Kocsis Presented by Liszt Academy

Zoltán Rácz Chamber Concert


J. S. Bach: Sonata for Flute and Basso Continuo in C major, BWV 1033

Dukay Barnabás: ..., mint az egyszarvú
    tükröződő Fény az Örök Időkből
    Canon, Floridus és Hymnus (ősbemutató)

Ives: Serenity (orchestration by Barnabás Dukay)

Varga Judit: The Silly President (world premiere)

Mozart: Adagio and Rondo, K. 617

Bartók: Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, BB 115

Rzewski: To the Earth


Zoltán Rácz (percussion), Kirill Gerstein (piano), Zsolt Fejérvári (double bass), József Rácz (violin), Rebeka Drahos (flute), Csenge Adorjáni (oboe), Éva Osztrosits (viola), Gergely Devich (cello)

Amadinda Percussion Group: Károly Bojtos, Aurél Holló, Zoltán Rácz, Zoltán Váczi


“All music puts down deep roots,” percussionist and conductor Zoltán Rácz, founder of Amadinda Percussion Group and UMZE Chamber Ensemble, once said when celebrating the 40th anniversary of his artistic career. He was speaking in connection with the organic links between the living practice of contemporary music and knowledge of cultural history repertoire, as well as inspiration deriving from traditional cultural forms. The programme of this concert dedicated to the memory of Zoltán Kocsis similarly clearly reflects this inextricably close relationship arising from the most fundamental essence of music: in the programme established from an interweaving of classical and contemporary compositions, space has been given not only to one work each by Johann Sebastian Bach and Mozart but a composition by Barnabás Dukay who thinks in terms of clear poetic images, a piece by Frederic Rzewski that correlates music and speech rhythm and Bartók’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion – in fact, the very same work that in effect launched the performance career of Zoltán Rácz four decades ago. Whereas at that time Zoltán Kocsis and Dezső Ránki played the piano parts, now the world-famous concert pianist Kirill Gerstein, celebrated for his intelligent virtuosity, joins the exceptionally talented Zoltán Fejérvári.


Dear Audience,
Due to illness, this concert will be held on a later date.
Thank you foryour understanding!


Presented by

Liszt Academy Concert Centre


This concert was supported, in line with the Government decree 1290/ 2020. (VI.5) related to cultural institutions, in order to ease the economic difficulties caused by the Covid19 pandemic.