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Bogányi, Gergely (Gregory) (Vác, 4 January 1974 - ) – Concert pianist. He began to study the piano at the age of four. He was six when he won the special Prize at the National Piano Competition in Nyíregyháza, Hungary; and three years later he was awarded 1st prize in the same competition. He later studied at the Ferenc (Franz) Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, under Zsuzsa (Susan) Esztó and László (Ladislas) Baranyay. Thereafter he studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with Matti Raekallio, and at Indiana University in the USA, where he studied with the Hungrian pianist György Sebők. He played as soloist with many European orchestras and has given recitals at numerous festivals and in famous concert halls all over the world. Some of his important performances were with the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Festival Orchestra of Budapest, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, the Helsinki Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Leningrad Philharmonia, and the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. He performed under the baton of Tamás Vásáry, Ádám Fischer, Iván Fischer, Leif Segerstam, Vasili Sinaiski and Ken-Ichiro Kobayasi. He appeared in the concert hall of the Liszt Academy, Budapest, the Finlandia-Hall, Helsiniki, and at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He is also a chamber musician. His recordings include 7 compact discs of Mozart concertos, Chopin and Liszt works, and the Chopin and Rachmaninov sonatas for cello. He won several national and international prizes, among them 3rd prize in Ettlingen, Germany (1990), 2nd prize in Epinal, France (1991), 1st prize in the Chopin Competition in Budapest. He is three-time winner at the Helmi-Vesa Competitions, Helsinki (1989, 1990 and 1991), and 1st prize winner at the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition in Budapest (1996). He was awarded the Ferenc Liszt Prize (2000), the Cross of Merit of the White Rose of Finland (2002) and the Kossuth Prize (2004). He is an honorary citizen of Vác. – B: 1106, T: 7103.→Vásáry, Tamás; Fischer, Ádám; Fischer, Iván.

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