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BALAZS SZOKOLAY

Balazs Szokolay comes from a musical family: his mother is a pianist and his father, Sándor Szokolay, a composer who was a professor at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest from 1966 to 1994. Balázs entered the preparatory classes of the Budapest Music Academy at the age of nine and completed his studies at the age of twenty-two. His teachers included Pál Kadosa and Zoltán Kocsis.

After completing his studies in Hungary, Szokolay won a scholarship, provided by the German government, to study at the Academy of Music in Munich. Before graduating from the Budapest Academy, Szokolay had already appeared in public. In 1979 he appeared with fellow pianist Péter Nagy at the Salzburg Interforum, and in 1983 was asked to deputise for an indisposed Nikita Magaloff when he played Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor Op. 15 in Belgrade.

Szokolay performs with the Hungarian State Orchestra and has appeared in Austria, Switzerland, France, Poland, the former Soviet Union, Bulgaria and Czechoslovakia. He made his London recital début in 1987 after gaining twelfth place at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium. Three years later Szokolay won fourth place at the Leeds International Competition. He has worked with conductor Simon Rattle, clarinettist Gervase de Peyer and cellists Clemens Hagen and Miklós Perényi, performing with the latter for the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation in January 2005. He has been on the faculty of the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest for nearly twenty years and in 2001 was given the Liszt Award by the Hungarian government.

Szokolay has recorded for Naxos. Many of his discs are recitals or compilations of short works—Romantic Piano Favourites, Leaves from Grandmother’s Piano Album, Classics for Relaxing and Dreaming—but these titles should not put off the serious listener who will find much to admire and enjoy in Szokolay’s playing. Included are some virtuoso transcriptions such as Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumble Bee and Adolf Schulz-Evler’s Arabesques on themes from An der schönen blauen Donau by Johann Strauss. An excellent performance of the latter is marred slightly by an anachronistic interpolation near the end. Szokolay is a sensitive pianist who gives poetic readings of Grieg’s Lyric Pieces and rhythmically pointed yet unmechanical readings of Scarlatti and Clementi. He seems well-suited to shorter works and his recordings of the Grieg Lyric Pieces show an understanding of tonal shading, mood and style that is not so common in younger pianists. There are also fine recordings of Chopin’s Barcarolle Op. 60 and Moszkowski’s Caprice Espagnol Op. 37.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
A to Z Gift Pack Naxos 8.554775
Adagio Boxed Set Naxos 8.504011
Classic Romance Naxos 8.506004
Elegie - Relaxing with the Composers Naxos 8.505092
Enjoy the Classics (Best of Naxos 1-4) Naxos 8.504003
Los Grandes Románticos Naxos 8.505193
Night Music Naxos 8.503049
Night Music Vol 1 Naxos 8.505008
Night Music Vol 3 Naxos 8.505025
Romantic Piano Favourites Vol 1 Naxos 8.505028
Romantic Piano Favourites Vol 2 Naxos 8.505029
The Very Best Of Naxos 8.502020


Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
Role: Classical Artist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
101 CLASSICS - The Best Loved Classical Melodies Naxos
8.508004
Instrumental
20 YEARS OF CLASSICAL MUSIC: Naxos Anniversary Collection (Naxos Denmark) Naxos
8.570598
Instrumental
A LA DECOUVERTE DU CLASSIQUE Naxos
8.550037-38
Instrumental
A TO Z OF CLASSICAL MUSIC (The) (2nd Expanded Edition, 2000) Naxos Educational
8.555319-20
Instrumental
ANDANTE - Classical Favourites for Relaxing and Dreaming Naxos
8.556606
Instrumental
ANIMALS IN MUSIC Naxos
8.578281-82
Instrumental
BALLADE - Classical Favourites for Relaxing and Dreaming Naxos
8.556604
Instrumental
BARTOK (THE BEST OF) Naxos
8.556693
Instrumental
BARTOK, B.: Piano Music, Vol. 5 (Jando) - Mikrokosmos (complete) Naxos
8.557821-22
Instrumental
BARTOK: Mikrokosmos (Selection) / Hungarian Peasant Songs, Sz. 71 Naxos
8.550451
Instrumental
BEETHOVEN (THE BEST OF) Naxos
8.556651
Instrumental
BEETHOVEN (THE VERY BEST OF) Naxos
8.552105-06
Instrumental
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Genius of Beethoven (The) Naxos
8.578194
Instrumental
BEETHOVEN: Adagio Naxos
8.552240
Instrumental
BEETHOVEN: Best of Beethoven (The) Naxos
8.551101
Instrumental
BEETHOVEN: Romantic Beethoven (The) Naxos
8.552213
Instrumental
BEETHOVEN: Romantic Beethoven (The) Naxos
8.570078
Instrumental
BEST OF NAXOS 2 Naxos
8.550002
Instrumental
BRIDE'S GUIDE TO WEDDING MUSIC (A) Naxos
8.503134
Instrumental
BRIDE'S GUIDE TO WEDDING MUSIC FOR CIVIL CEREMONIES (A) Naxos
8.570227-28
Instrumental
CENTRE (THE), Vol. 1 Naxos
8.554901-02DX
Instrumental
CENTRE (THE), Vol. 2 Naxos
8.554903-04DX
Instrumental
CHILDREN'S CLASSICS - LULLABY Naxos
8.554912DX
Instrumental
CHOPIN : The Best of Chopin Naxos
8.551104
Instrumental
CHOPIN: Famous Piano Music Naxos
8.550291
Instrumental
CHOPIN: Famous Piano Music Naxos
8.550291DX
Instrumental
CINEMA CLASSICS, Vol. 12 Naxos
8.556632
Instrumental
CLAIR DE LUNE - Classical Favourites for Relaxing and Dreaming Naxos
8.556601
Instrumental
CLASSICAL FAVOURITES Naxos
8.550521
Instrumental
CLASSICAL MOMENTS 5: Classical Music to Dine to Naxos
8.555361
Instrumental
Classical Music From TV Advert Naxos
8.554589
Instrumental
Classical Music Start-Up Kit, Vol. 2: 1825-1945 Naxos Educational
8.550835
Instrumental
CLASSICS FOR LOVERS Naxos
8.570013-14
Instrumental
CLEMENTI: 6 Progressive Piano Sonatinas, Op. 36 / Piano Sonatas Naxos
8.550452
Instrumental
DISCOVER CLASSICAL MUSIC Naxos
8.550008-09
Instrumental
Discover Music of the Baroque Era Naxos Educational
8.558160-61
Instrumental
DISCOVER THE CLASSICS, VOL. 1 Naxos Educational
8.550035-36
Instrumental
DVORAK (THE BEST OF) Naxos
8.556661
Instrumental
DVORAK : Best Of Dvorak (The) Naxos
8.551111
Instrumental
Easy-Listening Piano Classics: Beethoven Naxos
8.578073-74
Instrumental
Easy-Listening Piano Classics: Schumann Naxos
8.578083-84
Instrumental
ELEGIE - Classical Favourites for Relaxing and Dreaming Naxos
8.556612
Instrumental
ETUDE - Classical Favourites for Relaxing and Dreaming Naxos
8.556611
Instrumental
FAVOURITE PIANO SONATAS Naxos
8.553234
Instrumental
FUR ELISE - BEST OF ROMANTIC PIANO MUSIC Naxos
8.550647DX
Instrumental
FUR ELISE - ROMANTIC PIANO MUSIC Naxos
8.550647
Instrumental
GRIEG, E.: Lyric Pieces, Books 1-10 (excerpts) Naxos
8.550450
Instrumental
GRIEG: Lyric Pieces Naxos
8.550577
Instrumental
GRIEG: Lyric Pieces / Peer Gynt Suite No. 2 Naxos
8.553387
Instrumental
GRIEG: Lyric Pieces, Opp. 12, 38, 54, 57, 62, 65, 68 and 71 Naxos
8.550650
Instrumental
IMMORTAL BEETHOVEN Naxos
8.551165
Instrumental
KLASSIK OHNE KRISE: Tastenträume Naxos
8.551308-09
Instrumental
KLAVIER GALA Naxos
8.551225-26
Instrumental
LISTEN, LEARN AND GROW: Playtime Fun and Games Naxos Educational
8.555812
Instrumental
LISZT (THE BEST OF) Naxos
8.556667
Instrumental
Lunga Bla Timmar (Blue Hours) Naxos
8.503024
Instrumental
MAIDEN'S PRAYER (THE) - LEAVES FROM GRANDMOTHER'S PIANO ALBUM Naxos
8.550646
Instrumental
MASTERPIECES OF THE ROMANTIC PIANO Naxos
8.553252
Instrumental
Min Forste Klavermusik (My First Piano Album) Naxos
8.578236
Instrumental
MOONLIGHT CLASSICS Naxos
8.550223DX
Orchestral
MUSICAL JOURNEY (A) - VENICE: A Musical Tour of the City's Past and Present (NTSC) Naxos
2.110505
Classical Concert
My First Piano Album Naxos
8.578207
Instrumental
MY PIANO ALBUM 1 Naxos
8.554908DX
Instrumental
NIGHT MUSIC 1 Naxos
8.556815
Instrumental
NIGHT MUSIC 4 Naxos
8.556818
Instrumental
NIGHT MUSIC, VOL. 1 Naxos
8.551121
Instrumental
NIGHT MUSIC, VOL. 4 Naxos
8.551124
Instrumental
Night Music, Vol. 11 Naxos
8.551131
Instrumental
NIGHT MUSIC, VOL. 6 Naxos
8.556820
Instrumental
NIGHT MUSIC, VOL. 7 Naxos
8.556821
Instrumental
NIGHT MUSIC, VOL. 8 Naxos
8.556822
Instrumental
NOCTURNE - Late Night Piano Music (Sweden only) Naxos
8.557292
Instrumental
PASTORALE - Classical Favourites for Relaxing and Dreaming Naxos
8.556608
Instrumental
PERFECT ROMANCE Naxos
8.570029
Instrumental
PERFECT WEDDING Naxos
8.557975
Instrumental
PERFECT WINTER WEDDING Naxos
8.557977
Instrumental
PIANO MUSIC FOR CHILDREN Naxos
8.571104
Instrumental
PRELUDE - Classical Favourites for Relaxing and Dreaming Naxos
8.556607
Instrumental
RHAPSODY ON A THEME OF PAGANINI Naxos
8.554137DX
Instrumental
ROMANCE OF THE PIANO (THE) Naxos
8.554579
Instrumental
ROMANTIC PIANO FAVOURITES, Vol. 3 Naxos
8.550107
Instrumental
ROMANTIC PIANO FAVOURITES, Vol. 3 Naxos
8.570084
Instrumental
ROMANTIC PIANO FAVOURITES, Vol. 5 Naxos
8.550168
Instrumental
ROMANTIC PIANO FAVOURITES, Vol. 6 Naxos
8.550215
Instrumental
ROMANTIC PIANO FAVOURITES, Vol. 6 Naxos
8.570087
Instrumental
ROMANTIC PIANO FAVOURITES, Vol. 9 Naxos
8.570090
Instrumental
ROMANTIC PIANO FAVOURITES, Vol. 9 Naxos
8.550218
Instrumental
ROMANTIC PIANO FAVOURITES, Vol. 1 Naxos
8.550052
Instrumental
ROMANTIC PIANO FAVOURITES, Vol. 1 Naxos
8.570082
Instrumental
SCARLATTI, D.: Piano Sonatas (Selection) Naxos
8.550252
Instrumental
SCHUBERT: Romantic Schubert (The) Naxos
8.552215
Instrumental
SCHUBERT: Romantic Schubert (The) Naxos
8.570080
Instrumental
SCHUMANN : Best of Schumann (The) Naxos
8.551112
Instrumental
SCHUMANN, R. (THE BEST OF) Naxos
8.556662
Instrumental
SERENADE-BEST OF ROMANTIC PIANO MUSIC Naxos
8.554136DX
Instrumental
SKONA GRONA DAGAR (BEAUTIFUL GREEN DAYS) Naxos
8.503068
Instrumental
SOMMER Naxos
8.503045
Instrumental
SONGS MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME Naxos
8.550580DX
Instrumental
TCHAIKOVSKY: The Best Of Tchaikovsky Naxos
8.551102
Instrumental
THE MAIDEN'S PRAYER AND OTHER PIANO Naxos
8.550646DX
Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental
TONER TILL TROST (Music for Comfort) Naxos
8.503158
Instrumental
UNGER-HAMILTON, C.: Discover Music of the Baroque Era (Unabridged) Naxos AudioBooks
NA495912
Instrumental





 
 
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