Valentin Magyar started playing the piano at the age of five in his native town of Balassagyarmat in Northern Hungary. His talent manifested itself very early and at the age of 14 he was admitted to the class of special talents at the prestigious Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest. At present he is doing his masters at the world famous institution with Gábor Farkas and Dénes Várjon, and simultaneously in Berlin at the Hanns Eisler Music Academy with Kirill Gerstein.
In 2020 he was winner of the Yamaha Instrumental Competition and of the HCC Competition of New York, in 2021 he was third prize winner of the 10th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition Weimar/Bayreuth, one of the top showcases for the world's best pianists (no first prize was awarded). In the same year he received in his native Hungary the Junior Prima Award, the most prestigious recognition for young musicians. In 2022 he won the Zoltán Kocsis Award both in the solo and chamber music categories and received the Concorde Award as most talented student of the Franz Liszt Music Academy. In 2023 he won gold medal at the Vienna International Music Competition and received the György Cziffra Talent Award. Recently he has received the scholarship of the Clavarte Foundation in Berlin.
In spite of his young age Valentin is already a regular performer in Hungarian and international concert series and festivals. His first CD featuring Rachmaninov works will be released by the Hungaroton label at the end of 2023. He is also active as a chamber musician having performed with Kristóf Baráti, Boris Berman, Jacques Rouvier, Christoph Poppen and Claudio Martinez-Mehner, to mention just a few.
Tamás Körner, Classical Concert Agency
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