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Kata Scheuring and Miklós Környei - Concert

Date: 14th March 2018, 7 pm

Concert by Kata Scheuring, flute artist and Miklós Környei, classic guitar artist

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The Balassi Institute launches a new music program from 2018, under the aegis of which it wants to introduce young talents to the international classical music circles. The concert series will be realized with the collaboration of the Artiat Managament of Music Academy and the Balassi Institute in Brussels, aiming to support the young generation's performing arts career and presenting the artists to the audience of Brussels.

 

Kata Scheuring

Flute

Kata Scheuring was in her final year at one of Budapest’s top grammar schools, majoring in literature and French, when she decided to embark on a musical career. In 2001 she won 1st prize at the Vilmos Bántai Flute Competition, and it was here that Zoltán Gyöngyössy heard her and spoke appreciatively of her performance. Six months later he enrolled her in his class at the Academy of Music. She later studied under several excellent teachers – Veronika Oross, Jánis Bálint, Zsolt Romos and Gergely Ittzés – getting to know and mastering a diverse range of approaches and styles of playing. While still a student at the Liszt Academy she performed successfully at several Hungarian and international competitions, in 2013 winning 3rd prize in the V.S. Antonov International Competition of Woodwind Instrument Performers in Kiev, and 2nd prize and the audience award in the Anton Eberst Competition in 2013, while in 2015 she came 2nd in the Gheorghe Dima International Flute Competition, and in 2016 she took 4th prize in the International Theobald Böhm Competition in Munich. “I find preparing for the competitions highly motivating, and enjoy the work that it involves both as a professional and as a personal challenge.”

She has also played flute as an intern musician at the Hungarian State Opera House since 2015. “Orchestral playing strengthens my ability to pay attention to others as a part of the shared creative process. But it also means a lot to me to be able to give my own interpretation of the music as a soloist, while I feel that playing chamber music offers the best of both these worlds.”

Her repertoire is especially rich in 20th-centry works, and she is attracted to French music in particular. “The impressionist works give scope for such delicate playing and diversity of tone and mood, while other 20th century genres are important to me because of the powerful, characterful pieces. At her concerts she often draws on the Baroque era, and the dynamism and depth of Bach’s music is also extremely close to her heart. Her musicality, her clean style of playing, was also influenced by her experiences in a Gregorian choir of which she was a member for many years. “The purity and harmony that I experienced through the choral singing influenced not only my musicality, but my personality as well.”

Kata has performed in many European countries both as a soloist and as a participant in such international orchestral projects as the tours of the EUYO or EUphony orchestras. As a result, audiences in Austria, Italy, France, Poland, Germany and Sweden, among other countries, have had the opportunity to hear her playing. At the Finnish Sibelius Academy, as a part of the Erasmus programme, she studied for six months under Petri Alanki, and also gave an independent solo concert in Helsinki.

One defining experience for her was performing Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s flute concerto, with an orchestra, at her diploma concert in the Grand Hall of the Academy of Music. In December 2016, at the same venue, she took the stage at the Grand Hall of the Liszt Academy as soloist for the Liszt Academy Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gábor Takács-Nagy, to perform Mozart’s Flute Concerto in G major. “During our work together, Gábor stressed the importance of the joy of playing, and concentrated on giving voice to the various operatic elements and characters. His positive attitude and energy left a deep impression on me.” Of all the flute concertos, she regards Ibert’s flute concerto as her dream piece, due to its exceptional energies and technical challenges. Stepping outside the constraints of classic concert hall playing, Kata Scheuring also popularises her instrument at children’s concerts, and was one of the leading players in the Academy’s series of concerts for schoolchildren. Whether in the form of a solo evening, a chamber or orchestral concert, she is always actively seeking new challenges and striving to show her versatility, and the many characters and tones inherent in the music, through as many genres as possible.

 

Miklós Környei

Classical guitar

Miklós Környei began his musical studies at the age of six. Thanks to his father, Pál Miklós Környei guitarist, he learned how to read the music sheets even before beginning the primary school. He studied for two years mathematics at Garay János Grammar School in Szekszárd. This was followed by four years at the Bartók Béla Music School in Budapest, where he was the student of Sándor Szilvágyi guitarist. In May 2011 he graduated from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, from József Eötvös, guitarist’s class. He also puts great emphasis on chamber music and his partners play on a variety of instruments: oboe, flute, violin, cello, guitar, harp, piano and vocals. His chamber music teachers were Sándor Devich violinist, János Devich cellist, Károly Botvay, cellist.

From his young age he has been participating in renowned musicians’ masterclasses: Leo Brouwer, Zoran Dukic, Aniello Desiderio, Marcin Dylla, Thomas Müller-Pering, Giampaolo Bandini, Wolfgang Lendle, Judicael Perroy, Carlo Marchione, Ede Roth, Peter Katona and Zoltán Balázs Arnóth, Paulikovics Paul. Alkalma was also followed by David Russel, Pepe Romero, Manuel Barrueco, Eliot Fisk and Alvaro Pierri.

He regularly performs as both soloist and chamber musician at home and abroad. He performed the major pieces of guitar literature (Rodrigo, Tedesco, Giuliani concertos) accompanied by orchestras. Ádám Medveczky, Liszt-Kossuth Prize-winning conductor, conducted the orchestra participating in his diploma concert.

He has won numerous national and international competitions, and has been awarded a Republic Scholarship during his years at the Academy of Music. In the spring of 2010 he released his first album "Chamber music for oboe & guitar", on which he plays together with Réka Bartus oboist. In 2013 and 2014 he received the Annie Fischer musical performance scholarship. He won Junior Prima Prize in 2014.

As one of the selected talents of the talent-management programs launched by the Academy of Music, his most important aim is to promote classical guitar music. He is a member of “Musiciens Libres” formed by young musicians.

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