On Sunday March 31st, HIF’s Cultural Ambassador for 2017, the Hungarian pianist, Adam Gyorgy, performed at American University’s Katzen Arts Center in Washington, DC.
In 2017, Adam Gyorgy was chosen as HIF’s Cultural Ambassador of the Year for his musical talent and his contributions to Hungarian fine arts. Since his debut at Carnegie Hall in 2006, he has enthralled audiences around the world with his musical renditions of classical works.
In the fall of 2017 Adam Gyorgy toured the US, performing in Miami, Cleveland, Boston, and New York. His successful tour culminated on Sunday, where a diverse community of classical music enthusiasts in Washington, DC had the pleasure of hearing Adam Gyorgy perform his own composition of Hungarian folk music, as well as pieces by Chopin and Liszt.
Guests in attendance included ambassadors, journalists, art critics, members of the think tank community and leaders from the Hungarian American community as well.
The audience was especially enraptured by Adam Gyorgy’s interpretations of Liszt’s La Campanella and and Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. After receiving standing ovation at the conclusion of the one hour program, the artist returned to the stage twice more for two encore pieces.
“Gyorgy played, like Liszt, without sheet music, and, again like his great predecessor, with undisguised feeling and uninhibited physical demonstration. It was technically all in the fingers but it was a whole body performance — from the heart and brain, both.”
Read more of Roger Kaplan’s review of the performance in the American Spectator.