Biography

Acclaimed by the critics in 1996 for her interpretation of the complete Preludes of Chopin and Shostakovich brought together on a CD, Adrienne Krausz continues to impress the music world with each subsequent performance.

Following an audition, Sir George Solti immediately engaged Miss Krausz for a European tour with the Tonhalle Orchestra of Zürich. In the last interview he gave to the English Magazine “Classic FM” Solti specifically mentioned her as a young pianist about whom he was “extremely enthusiastic, and I very much hope to help her in her career.” Following this, Sir George introduced Miss Krausz to the Chimay Foundation Competition in Brussels where she won the first prize by unanimous decision of the jury. She was the only pianist to be invited to perform in the Tributes to Sir George Solti presented in Italy and in London.

 

Iván Fischer and his Budapest Festival Orchestra invited her to open the Ascona Festival  (2004) and the Bemus Festival  in Belgrad (2005), later on she was happy to accept the invitation of Péter Eötvös to perform the Pianoconcerto N.1 of Brahms under his direction. She was also a guest soloist of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Berliner Symphoniker and made her debut in Japan with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra in 2001. 

 

To celebrate the Liszt Anniversary 2011, she participated at the official opening ceremony at the Salle Erard in Paris, gave several recitals all over Europe, let out a CD with the late works of the composer.

She plays an important part in a documentary film about Liszt from Judit Kele, turned for the channel Arte as well as in a swiss film "Brain Concert" from Bruno Moll, and lately in a french television show "Promenade musicale à Budapest" presented by Alain Duault.

She has performed throughout Europe and the United States, notably at the Schauspielhaus in Berlin, New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center (Alice Tully hall), the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Barbican Hall in London, Herkulessaal in Munich, the Tonhalle in Zürich, in the Philharmonie of Bilbao, the Palace of Music in Valencia, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, and the Salle Gaveau, Cité de la Musique and Theatre de la Ville in Paris. Miss Krausz has been an invited guest at music festivals like Montpellier, Menton, Monte-Carlo, Schwetzingen, the Mermoz music Festival, Yokohama, Prague, Cracow, Budapest, Stresa, Palma, Sion etc…
She often returns to Hungary to give concerts and has made several recordings for the Hungarian Radio and Television Networks.

In 2003, she was a member of the jury for the International Violin Competition of Sion Valais in Switzerland.

Some of her prestigious partners and groups were Michael Gielen, Youri Bashmet, Miklós Perényi, Boris Pergamenshikov, Sergej Krylov, the Keller and the Bartók Quartets, the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, etc. With Shlomo Mintz she made frequent recital tours all around the world.

Born in Hungary, Miss Krausz started the piano at the age of nine and in 1990 graduated from the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, where her teachers were György Nádor, György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados. She has also studied with Yvonne Lefébure and Lívia Rév.
 

A finalist at the Piano Masters of Monte Carlo in both 1992 and 1993, she has won numerous first prizes in competitions such as  the “World Competition” in Cincinnati (Piano USA 1989), the International Piano Competition in Senigallia (Italy 1985) the Hungarian National Piano Competition in Tarhos in 1984 and further prizes in Frankfurt (1987) and in Sydney (1988).  
Other acknowledgements include the Key of the city of Cincinnati, (Ohio, USA), the “Diamonds of culture” of the city of Miskolc (Hungary), and Grand Prix of the Hungarian Radio.

In 2003, the Hungarian Gramophone Magazine awarded her the prize for the best recording of the year. Her Shostakovich recording was chosen as “Indispensable”, in the French music-guide at Fayard edition.

 

After her "Parisian" years, Adrienne Krausz lives now in Switzerland, married to an internationally recognized luthier-expert, Roland Baumgartner.

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