György Cziffra Memorial Year: Remembering the Outstanding Hungarian Pianist

1st of February marks the beginning of the György Cziffra Memorial Year. In 2021, on the 100th anniversary of his birth, outstanding Hungarian and international musicians will pay tribute to pianist György Cziffra. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade will participate in the organisation of events abroad.

György Cziffra  (photographed by Albert Kresz)

György Cziffra (photographed by Albert Kresz)

The Government of Hungary designated the period between February 1, 2021, and May 31, 2022, as the György Cziffra Memorial Year, and it was also added to the list of anniversaries UNESCO is associated with in 2020-2021. With the participation of world-famous artists, more than a hundred events will take place in Hungary and abroad within the framework of the Memorial Year. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade will participate in the organisation of events abroad. In 2021, Hungarian foreign missions and cultural institutes are expected to contribute to the organisation of 30 programs in 23 cities and 16 countries.

The virtual kickoff of the Memorial Year took place on February 9. Broadcasted from the Great Hall of the Academy of Music, Kossuth Prize-winning pianist János Balázs, artistic director of the Cziffra Festival and the György Cziffra Memorial Year, and piano artists Gergely Bogányi, Kálmán Dráfi and Károly Mocsári performed on stage, and payed tribute to György Cziffra.

On the occasion of the Memorial Year, an almost one-hour long concert film with the title „Music of Freedom - Freedom of Music was produced with the support Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The film features János Balázs, who performs pieces of Liszt, Brahms and transcripts by György Cziffra, showcasing the most beautiful locations in Budapest and Hungary, including our World Heritage sites.