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ISTVÁN KASSAI

István Kassai graduated as a pianist from the Budapest Academy of Music in 1982 studying in the class of Pál Kadosa. Then in 1984 he pursued his second diploma at the Conservatoire Européen de Musique under the close supervision of the world-famous professor Yvonne Lefébure. He also undertook several master courses, including one led by György Cziffra, who had a great impact on Kassai’s artistic development.

During his career, Kassai has won several first prizes in international competitions such as the International Piano Competition for Young Artists in 1972 in Czechoslovakia, the Piano Competition organised by Hungarian Radio in 1979, and the Paris International Debussy Piano Competition in 1982. Moreover, Kassai’s artistic talent was acknowledged by such prestigious awards as the ARTISJUS-Prize in 1976, the Bonnaud-Chevillion-Prize of the Fondation de France in 1986, the Nívó Prize of Hungarian Radio in 1990, the Ferenc Liszt Prize in 2001 and the Leó Weiner Memorial Prize in 2010. He has been a full member of the Hungarian Academy of Art since 2013.

István Kassai has made recordings for Hungaroton, King Records, Lavotta Kamarazenekar, Naxos, Marco Polo and Radioton, including the complete piano works of Bloch, Erkel, Hubay, Mosonyi and Weiner, as well as works by Bartók, Dohnányi, Liszt, and Robert Volkmann.

Kassai has published numerous articles and studies on music and edited many volumes of sheet music by composers and musicians such as Liszt, Mosonyi, Hubay, Weiner and György Cziffra.

Role: Classical Artist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
Around The World In 80 Minutes Marco Polo
8.223003
Instrumental
BARTÓK, B.: Mikrokosmos, Vols. 2 and 3 (L. Kertész) Naxos
9.70208
Instrumental
BLOCH: Piano Sonata / Visions and Prophecies / Ex-voto / Dans sacree Marco Polo
8.223289
Instrumental
BLOCH: Poems of the Sea / Nirvana / In the Night / Enfantines Marco Polo
8.223288
Instrumental
ERKEL: Opera Transcriptions Marco Polo
8.223318
Instrumental
ERKEL: Piano Works / Chamber Music Marco Polo
8.223317
Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental
MOSONYI, M.: Piano Trio / Grand Nocturne (Kassai, Rasonyi, Kiss-Domonkos) Marco Polo
8.225042
Chamber Music
MOSONYI: 3 Piano Pieces, Op. 2 / 2 Pearls / Puszta Life Marco Polo
8.223559
Instrumental
MOSONYI: Hungarian Children's World / Piano Studies Marco Polo
8.223557
Instrumental
MOSONYI: Hungarian Music / New Year Present Marco Polo
8.223560
Instrumental
MOSONYI: Opera Transcriptions Marco Polo
8.225022
Instrumental
MOSONYI: Piano Music for Four Hands Marco Polo
8.223558
Instrumental
SEA IN MUSIC (THE) Naxos
8.578269-70
Instrumental
SZÉCHÉNYI - PIANO MUSIC FROM A HUNGARIAN DYNASTY, 1800-1920 (Kassai, Lázár) Grand Piano
GP786
Instrumental





 
 
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