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Release: Jan. 19, 2001

(NOTE TO BROADCASTERS: Gabor Csalog is pronounced "GA-bor CHAH-lohg")

Celebrated Hungarian pianist Gabor Csalog will present free UI recital Feb. 3

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The celebrated Hungarian pianist Gabor Csalog will present a free recital at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3 in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

Csalog, who teaches chamber music at the Bela Bartok Conservatory in Budapest, will visit the UI as part of the School of Music's Piano Festival 2000-2001. During his visit to the UI campus, Csalog will present a master class with UI students at 9 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 4 in Clapp Recital Hall. The master class may be observed by the public free of charge.

An annual event, the Piano Festival is a celebration of piano performance and teaching. It includes master classes and performances from outstanding visiting artist-teachers from around the world. Remaining events in Piano Festival 2000-2001 will be a recital and master class by Leonard Hokanson Feb. 24-25 and a recital and master class by Constance Keene March 25-26.

For the Feb. 3 recital Csalog will perform the Sonata in A minor, D. 537, and the Impromptu in C minor, D. 899/1, by Franz Schubert; Klavierstuecke (Piano pieces) op. 119 by Johannes Brahms; "Games," by Gyorgy Kurtag, who was one of Csalog’s teachers in Hungary; and the Sonata in C minor, op. 111, of Beethoven.

Csalog was born in 1960 in Budapest. He began playing the piano at the age of six and was accepted at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music at 11. He studied with Hungary’s most renowned piano teachers, including Kurtag, Zoltan Kocsis and Andras Schiff. Later he was a postgraduate student at Indiana University, where he was teaching assistant to Gyorgy Sebok for two years.

Since his student days, Csalog has given concerts throughout Europe. In addition to performing the standard repertoire he is a noteworthy performer of contemporary music. He has worked closely with composers including Kurtag and Laszlo Sary and has presented many of their works in radio performances and recordings.

Csalog’s first solo recording, released in 1990, includes works by Robert Schumann and Alexander Scriabin. He has also recorded Frederic Chopin’s mazurkas and nocturnes and a selection of Schubert’s works for the Hungaroton and Fono Records labels, respectively. He is active as an editor for the Konemann critical edition of Chopin’s complete piano works.

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