Week-long Kurtag 90 festival to start on Sunday
Hungarian and international musicians will pay their respects to composer and pianist Gyorgy Kurtag to celebrate his 90th birthday
The Kurtag 90 festival organised by the Budapest Music Center (BMC) will be held between February 14 and 21.
Budapest's Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music will host a grand concert on February 19 featuring Concerto Budapest conducted by Andras Keller, the Saint Ephraim Male Choir, pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich, cellist Louise Hopkins and Gyorgy Kurtag Jr on electronics and keyboards.
The programme will include the Hungarian premiere of a Kurtag composition dedicated to Pierre Boulez and a joint composition by Kurtag, his son and Olivier Cuendet performed as a dialogue between a synthesiser and an orchestra. During the evening, a video message from the Berlin Philharmonic will be broadcast, featuring conductor Simon Rattle and trumpet soloist Gabor Tarkovi on behalf of the musicians.
The festival programme also includes a piano concert by Zoltan Kocsis playing works from a manuscript that Kurtag prepared for him over a period of 32 years and the screening of a documentary entitled Kurtag Home Video by director Judit Kurtag, the composer's granddaughter.