Bence Szepesi Debuts in Washington’s Katzen Center

by | Nov 15, 2019 | News

Szepesi is an established performer in Europe who made his Carnegie Hall debut with a unique solo clarinet program celebrating Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday and bringing beauty from his home country Hungary with the Pereg Verbunk from Leo Weiner.  Mr. Szepesi has won multiple international awards including the prestigious Artisjus Award in Hungary.

Introduced by 2017 Cultural Ambassador of the Year Adam György, Szepesi played an impressive variety of pieces from Béla Bartók, Leó Weiner, Schumann, Brahms, Rossini and others with a special encore featuring an energetic performance of klezmer music.

Bence Szepesi’s US tour will take him to Chicago and New York this fall where he will perform in Carnegie Hall. HIF is a proud co-sponsor of his US performances this fall.

Mr. Szepesi graduated from Franz Liszt Academy of Music with distinction. In addition to his solo and chamber works, he is the founder and artistic leader of Budapest Saxophone Quartet since 1995 and Principal clarinetist of the Dohnanyi Symphony Orchestra. His academic contributions include being a Professor at the University of Miskolc and guest lectures and performances at top international institutions. Mr. Szepesi is the Chairman of the International Clarinet Association and the President of the Hungarian Clarinet and Saxophone Society.

Read Roger Kaplan’s full review of the concert in the American Spectator here.

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