Kurtág, György. (b. 1926)
Color photograph of the Hungarian composer and pianist at the keyboard, signed at the lower right and dated 2006. In very fine condition. 6 x 4 inches (15 x 11.4 cm).
Kurtág "is the only composer to have lived through Hungary's communist regime (1949–89) and still to have achieved international recognition. Drawing on Bartók, Webern and, to a lesser extent, Stravinsky, his work is characterized by compression in scale and forces, and by a particular immediacy of expression." (Rachel Beckles Willson, New Grove Online.) On the occasion of his 80th birthday in February 2006, the Budapest Music Centre honoured György Kurtág with the celebration of a festival in his hometown. The same year’s editions of Musikfest Berlin, Vienna modern, Holland Festival and Festival d’Automne in Paris dedicated special programmes to György Kurtág. Kurtág often holds master-classes in chamber music, and appears in concerts together with his wife Márta.