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Zoltan Kocsis

  • Composer
  • Conductor
  • Pianist

Biography

Zoltan Kocsis has participated in many prestigious festivals including in Salzburg, Edinburgh and Lucerne, and was invited by Sviatoslav Richter to perform music for four hands with him at the Hohenems and Tours Festivals.

Zoltan Kocsis now divides his time between playing and conducting. He has appeared in recent seasons with both the Berlin Philharmonic and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and has given performances at the Verbier and Ferrara festivals, at La Roque D’Antheron (a performance which was recorded for DVD release) and twice in recital at Wigmore Hall in London. Touring the US, he has appeared with the Chicago Symphony, Atlanta Symphony and Minnesota Orchestra and gave an electrifying recital in New York.

Zoltan Kocsis has been an exclusive artist with Philips Classics since the late 1970s. He has also recorded for Denon, Hungarotron, Nippon Columbia and Quintana. His recordings have earned him considerable acclaim and he has been the recipient of several prizes, including the Edison prize and prizes from Gramophone. In 2005 he finished recording the complete series of Bartók’s piano music (both solo and with orchestra). His Rachmaninov, Mozart and Debussy recordings have also been highly praised by the critics.