Cziffra 100 in Alexandria

Date: 4 December
Time: 17:00
Venue:  The Great Hall of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Conference Center
Al Azaritah WA Ash Shatebi, Bab Sharqi, Alexandria
Cziffra 100

Cziffra 100

Symphonic concert of János Balászs and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Orchestra

Piano: Balázs János
Conductor: Hisham Gabr


  • Brahms: Variation on a theme by Haydn
  • Chopin: Piano Concerto n2 in Fm Op.21
  • Beethoven: Symphony No 4 in Bb

The piano ruled Chopin’s imagination to such an extent that he did not desire any other sound around it, explaining the vast majority of solo compositions in his oeuvre. When leaving Poland, he abandoned the genres that occupied the orchestra, as short, subtle, and nuanced pieces were closer to his gentle and sensitive art form, inclined towards intimate confessions. It can also be observed in the two piano concerts that the composer enjoyed the meticulous and loving elaboration of details. János Balázs will play the No. 2 piano concerto in E minor, written a year earlier in F minor. This concert will be in honor of George Cziffra within the framework of the memorial year, played in a distant country, but not one foreign to Cziffra. After all, Cziffra’s devoted and faithful wife, Soleika, whom he first met in the bright Arizona “Rozsnyava couple” club, was a dancer of Egyptian descent.

Joint concert of the George Cziffra Memorial Year and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina Orchestra

The world-famous Hungarian pianist, George Cziffra, is commemorated during the anniversary of his 100th birthday. Hungary officially recognized the year in dedication to him, and the international organization UNESCO has added him to the list of formal anniversaries. The programs of the George Cziffra Memorial Year are realized under the artistic direction of the pianist János Balázs, within the framework of a unique professional collaboration, with many domestic and foreign institutions, bands, and partners co-organizing the events.

The commemorative year will be realized with the help of the Gábor Bethlen Fund thanks to the support of the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.