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Ferenc Vizi

Ferenc Vizi

Ferenc Vizi is a Romanian pianist who has won numerous international prizes whose repertoire focuses on eighteenth and nineteenth century compositions.

Born in Transylvania (Romania) in 1974, Ferenc Vizi started the piano at the age of nine with András Körtési in his native town of Reghin. Gérard Frémy, a member of the jury of the George Enesco competition, in which Ferenc Vizi won a special prize, encouraged him to come and study with him at the Paris Conservatoire, which he was able to do in 1992, thanks to a French government grant and the Yvonne Lefébure Foundation, and where he also studied with Cyril Huvé. In 1998, after graduating with a unanimous first prize at the Conservatoire, he entered the postgraduate performers' course there with Jacques Rouvier, and from 2000 to 2002 went on to study with Françoise Thinat at the Paris Ecole Normale.

Ferenc Vizi has carried off a number of prestigious international prizes: the Saratov competition in Russia, the Hamamatsu competition in Japan, the Arthur Rubinstein competition in Tel-Aviv, and the Munich ARD competition, thanks to which he was invited to perform in South America, Japan and several European countries, and to record Bartók's 2nd piano concerto with the Bayerischen Rundfunk directed by Peter Rundel for the Munich radio.

He has since performed as a recital soloist and with orchestras principally in Europe. As a chamber musician Ferenc Vizi has also performed with Henri Demarquette, Raphaël Perraud, Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabedian, Alexis Cardenas Benoît Fromanger and Richard Galliano.

Juventus Lauréat in 1995, Ferenc Vizi is regularly invited to the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris. He has also performed at Radio France in Paris, at the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux, Festival de l'Epau, Piano à Riom, Piano à Auxerre, aux Serres d'Auteuil, Piano Passion in St Etienne, at the Musée d'Orsay, the Chopin Festival in Nohant, the Folle Journée in Nantes, the Roque d'Anthéron International Piano Festival, Piano(s) festival Lille, Festival d'Eté de Toulouse, and numerous theatres throughout France.

Ferenc Vizi performed Beethoven's 3rd Piano Concerto with the Wurtembergischer KammerOrchester as well as Liszt's 1st Piano Concerto and Totentanz with the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra at the « Dias de la Música » in Lisbon. In August 2011 he made a highly successful appearance at the Festival de La Chaise Dieu where he performed Liszt's Totentanz with the Orchestre National d'Île de France directed by Yoel Levi.

The autumn of 2011 saw the first performance at the Scène nationale de Martigues of a new programme conceived by Ferenc Vizi that brings together Liszt's Rhapsodies and traditional Hungarian gypsy music with the ensemble Cifra. Further performances during the 2011-2012 season include the 'Lisztomanias' Festival in Châteauroux and the Dijon Opera. During the 2013-2013 season ‘Rhapsodies - Liszt and the Hungarian Gypsies' travels to the Maison de la Culture de Bourges, Théâtre de Narbonne, Théâtre Anne de Bretagne in Vannes, the Coursive in La Rochelle, Passerelle in St Brieuc, Trident in Cherbourg and the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris.

In November 2012, Ferenc Vizi plays Tchaikovsky's 1st piano concerto and Grieg's piano concerto with the Târgu-Mures Philharmonic Orchestra from his native Romania on tour in France at the Pin Galant in Mérignac, Palais Neptune in Toulon, Cratère in Alès and at La Rampe in Échirolles.

Ferenc Vizi has recorded Beethoven's opus 111 Sonata and Schumann's Fantasia opus 17 for the Æon label, and 'Voyage' - works by Schubert, Liszt, and Wagner / Liszt - for Satirino records. In 2012 he recorded 'Rhapsodies - Liszt and the Hungarian Gypsies' for Satirino records, and Mendelssohn's complete works for cello and piano with the cellist Laura Buruiana for Coviello Classics, both for release in 2013.