Éva Polgár is a university teacher of music and concert pianist who’s toured three continents. She’s been teaching and performing both in the US and Hungary and is dedicated to promoting the vast musical heritage of Hungary, doing so with excellence and personal charm that is an absolute joy to witness. She’s an artist, who is a real community organizer as well – and has been the force behind the International Liszt competition for years. Since 2022 marks the 140th anniversary of Zoltán Kodály’s birth – she is currently focusing on bringing authentically Hungarian works to American audiences across the country.
Introduced by Anna Smith Lacey, Executive Director of the Hungary Foundation, Éva Polgár played an impressive variety of pieces from Ferenc Liszt, Chopin, Debussy, and Kodály.
Éva Polgár’s Evocation tour already took her to Chicago and L.A., with another performance coming up in New York City’s Carnegie Hall. HF is a proud co-sponsor of his US performances this season.
Catch her next concert in New York at Carnegie Hall, on December 15. Get your tickets here.
About Éva Polgár
Born and raised in Hungary, Polgár’s dedication to Hungarian culture has led her to specialize in the music of Franz Liszt and Béla Bartók. Her interpretation of Liszt’s piano works was praised by Liszt scholar Alan Walker as “A stunning performance! She has toured the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Her latest concerto performances have included appearances with conductors Horst Förster at the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig, Tamás Vásáry at the Danube Palace in Budapest, and David Jacobs at the University of Oregon.
An avid promoter and enthusiastic entrepreneur of contemporary music, Polgár is a founding member of the InterSpheres Trio, a new music ensemble dedicated to commissioning and premiering new works by composers from around the world. Their repertoire ranges from Pierre Boulez to rising composers. They performed the world premieres of compositions by Daniel Tramte and Balázs Horváth in their first international concert and educational tour to Hungary. Polgár actively collaborates with composers as a solo musician as well.
Polgár has won top prizes in competitions including the 2012 Los Angeles International Liszt Competition (LAILC). Co-directors since 2017, Katherine Hickey and Éva Polgár’s intent is to ensure the successful continuation of LAILC as well as to foster young musicians in the early stages of their professional careers. To support her endeavors in mentoring rising talents and promoting the musical heritage of Franz Liszt, the Hungarian Academy of Arts has awarded her a three-year grant to design a series of twenty-nine concerts in Austria, Hungary, and the U.S. between September 2020 and August 2023.
A graduate of the Franz Liszt University and the Sibelius Academy, Polgár earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of North Texas (UNT). Her former mentors include Jenő Jandó, Hamsa Al-Wadi Juris, Lívia Rév, Orsolya Szabó, and Adam Wodnicki. A committed educator and adjudicator, she has taught masterclasses, presented at festivals, and adjudicated competitions such as the LAILC, the Bogotá International Piano Festival, and the Tulsa University Summer Piano Academy. After holding teaching positions at UNT and at Texas Woman’s University, Polgár has joined the piano faculty at Azusa Pacific University in California. In addition to her teaching appointment at Azusa Pacific University, she is a co-director of the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition and an elected member of the Board of Directors for the Southern California Chapter as well as the national organization of the American Liszt Society.