September 2013 | For Immediate Release

PIANIST ZSOLT BOGNÁR RELEASES DEBUT ALBUM, FRANZ & FRANZ, WITH GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING PRODUCER PHILIPP NEDEL

Bognár’s playing sizzles with white-hot virtuosity, pinpoint control, and interpretive freedom reminiscent of Lazar Berman.
— Fanfare Magazine

SAN FRANCISCO – A young and rising presence in the classical music world, pianist Zsolt Bognár releases his debut album—Franz & Franz—of works by Franz Schubert and Franz Liszt, recorded with Grammy Award-winning producer Philipp Nedel in Berlin’s B-Sharp Studios.  It is to be released October 2013 on the Con Brio label.

Gossamer luster and cumulative sweep quite reminiscent of the best pages in Liszt from veterans Cziffra and Horowitz.
— Audiophile Audition Magazine

Following 10 years of European, Asian, and American concert tours, he commits these works to disc for the first time as a culmination of his musical journeys.

Zsolt Bognár recounts:

“Schubert and Liszt both had a wandering, restless musical spirit, and their works were always microcosms of these lifelong journeys. These harrowing, dramatic, and poignant statements have been at the heart of my own musical mission.”

On this disc, Mr. Bognár plays works central to his repertoire.       

  • Schubert Three Pieces, D. 946
  • Schubert-Liszt Song Transcriptions (Aufenthalt, Die Doppelgänger, Ständchen von Shakespeare)
  • Paganini-Liszt “La Chasse”
  • Liszt “Après une lecture de Dante”

This debut album follows recent performances in Los Angeles, New York (Lincoln Center), Chicago, Washington DC (Kennedy Center), Munich, Brussels, Vienna, and Tokyo (Suntory Hall). 

He is the host of a short film series—Living the Classical Life—exploring life as a classical musician presented by Elyria Pictures in New York. Trailer below.

His musical collaborations and diverse projects were the recipient of an International Festival Society Grant in 2013 to spend a week with Martha Argerich, and have included international speaking engagements, publications, and residencies in performance series and universities. Especially noted for his insights in the works of Beethoven, Schubert, and Russian repertoire, Mr. Bognár has been selected by the Wilhelm Kempff Foundation to present six Beethoven sonatas and two concerti on the Amalfi Coast of Italy, October 2013.

Mr. Bognár is a student of Sergei Babayan. He has received both bachelor and master degrees in music from the Cleveland Institute of Music.