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Artist Recital with Gergely Ittzes @ Flutistry Boston

April 28, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

Flutistry Boston is proud to welcome master artist, Hungarian flutist, composer, and teacher, Gergely Ittzés to our Concert Room for an evening of incredible music for flute, piano, and cello! The concert program will feature works by Ernst von Dohnányi, László Laftha, Gabriel Pierné, Gergely Ittzés, and Sergei Prokofiev, and will include special guests, Hioko Sasaki, pianist and Patrick Owen, cellist.
Generously co-sponsored by Sankyo Flutes, the recital will take place on Friday April 28 at 7 pm at Flutistry Boston’s iconic Concert Room and will be preceded by a Sankyo Flutes Showcase from 5:00 – 6:30 pm! These events will be livestreamed on our Facebook page and www.fluteevents.com! {flute + artistry = #flutistry} www.flutistry.com
About Gergely Ittzés:
Born in Hungary (1969) and a graduate of the Budapest Liszt Academy of Music, GERGELY ITTZÉS is one of the most proactive personalities of the flute scene. While being a researcher of his instrument and composer of many experimental flute works applying the most up-to-date flute techniques, especially polyphonic playing, he does not specialize in contemporary music only but tries to connect it with tradition. His large repertoire includes all the important works written for his instrument and a great number of rarities from the past centuries and today. In addition to classical and modern music, several other styles have also influenced his musical idiom, like jazz and free improvisation. For ten years he used to be member and composer of the Talizmán Group.
Mr. Ittzés has given concerts and led master classes in many countries all over the world such as Brazil, the United States, Canada, China, Japan and the rest of Europe. Numerous composers have dedicated works for him. He gave the first performance of Anthony Newman’s Flute Concerto, composed for him at the Budapest Spring Festival, 2005. He has been invited to perform at major flute festivals of the world (Beijing, Brazília, Paris, New York, Manchester, Freiburg and many others) and debuted at Carnegie Hall in 2014. He is an active soloist and chamber musician, a member of the UMZE Chamber Ensemble and founder of the TeTraVERSI flute quartet. He has played together with Magdalena Kožena, Miklós Perényi, Zoltán Kocsis, Zoltán Rácz, the Amadinda Percussion Group, Barnabás Kelemen, Katalin Kokas, Kristóf Baráti, and the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra among many others and improvised together with Markus Stockhausen, Emil Viklický, Don Thompson, Szilárd Mezei etc. He is the principal flutist of the Erdődy Chamber Orchestra.
He won many national and international competition prizes (including the Grand Prix of the 2nd Aleksander Tansman International Competition for Musical Personalities in Poland) and national distinctions such as the Franz Liszt Award and the Lajtha Award. The German Lexikon der Flöte dedicates an article to his activity.
After graduating, Gergely Ittzés spent a year at the international Prague Mozart Academy then a few months at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada where he completed and recorded his large-scale work Vision Pit for four flutes. He participated in numerous master classes (with András Adorján, Michel Debost, Michael Faust, Jean-Claude Gérard, István Matuz, Auréle Nicolet, Carol Wincenc, etc.). His most influential non-flutist tutors were György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados. In 1998 and 1999 he was supported by the Annie Fischer Grant offered for promising young soloists.
Mr. Ittzés has recorded more than a dozen CDs, including Hungarian contemporary music, his own works and violin transcriptions, and less-known repertoire like Pierre-Max Dubois, Eugéne Walckiers, Boccherini and the complete works of Sigfrid Karg-Elert. His new recording project entitled The Great Book of Flute Sonatas is a work in progress and includes all of the significant flute sonatas of music history (more than thirty pieces).
Mr. Ittzés is flute professor at the Széchenyi University in Győr and editor of various flute publications composed or transcribed by himself or others. His newest composition ‘Totem’ was commissioned by the National Flute Association for the Young Artist Competition held in Las Vegas, 2012. As the result of his research on the multiphonic capabilities of the flute he published the software and DVD-Rom Flouble in 2012 (www.flouble.com). He holds a doctorate from the Franz Liszt Academy; his dissertation, written in 2008, is entitled The Role of Polyphonic Thinking in Flute Playing.
Gergely Ittzés plays a Sankyo Pure Silver flute with a special golden Seder headjoint.
Hiroko Sasaki, Piano:
Pianist, Hiroko Sasaki has established a successful career as recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist. Ms. Sasaki’s concert debut in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall prompted Harris Goldsmith of the New York Concert Review to declare her “a true artist at work.” Musical America praised the same concert for its “exquisite proportion and rare poetic understatement.” The Washington Post has acclaimed her “radiant playing,” and the 2004 Musical America singled her out as one of the world’s most outstanding young musicians.
Ms. Sasaki continues to perform extensively as recitalist and chamber musician in England, Scotland, Taiwan, France, Hungary, Switzerland, Canada and the U.S. She gives annual recitals in Carnegie’s Weill Hall and makes frequent tours of Japan. She has regularly performed chamber music in festivals such as the Budapest Spring Festival, the Huddington Festival, theYehudi Menuhin Festival, Tanglewood, Taos, Banff, Tel Hai, Richmond, and L’Academie Musicale de Villecroze, where she won a career-development grant. She is currently a member of the Amadeus Trio, which performs regularly throughout the United States. She has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, the Budapest Chamber Orchestra, and members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
Her recording of Debussy’s complete Preludes was recently released by Piano Classics, to much critical acclaim, including a four-star review from The Guardian (“her phrasing is perfectly polished . . . a beautiful sound Debussy would have recognized.”) Record Geijutsu awarded this record its second-highest honor, and noted “The performance is full of refined nuance . . . the Preludes in both books are performed with a sense of vivid imagery worthy of the music.” She has also recorded the complete sonatas for cello and piano by Frank Levy, for the Naxos label, with cellist Scott Ballantyne.When Ms. Sasaki was 13, the celebrated pianist Mitsuko Uchida arranged for her to leave Japan and attend the Yehudi Menuhin School in England. Soon after, she made her European debut. At 16, she entered the Curtis Institute, where she studied with Leon Fleisher, graduating in 1994. She later earned a Master of Music degree with Mr. Fleisher from the Peabody Conservatory on full scholarship, and an Artist Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Her teachers have included Marc Durand, Yoheved Kaplisnky, Gilbert Kalish, and Sophia Rosoff.
Patrick Owen, Cello
A versatile cellist, Patrick Owen is in high demand as a recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral player in New England. In 2016, Mr. Owen joined the Portland String Quartet to become the quartet’s second cellist in its 47-year history. In October 2017 the quartet will be featured on a one-week river cruise through Normandy on the Seine. Mr. Owen is a founding member of the Ellipsis Trio, based in Cambridge, MA. The trio has performed for Rockport Music Festival, Grove Music Festival, Charleston Music Fest, and Bargemusic in New York City. Mr Owen holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Eastman School of Music, a Masters of Music degree from the Juilliard School and a Doctorate in Musical Arts from Boston University. His teachers include Pamela Frame, Harvey Shapiro, James Kreger and Andres Diaz.


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