The Beniczky Foundation



To restore life and build a better future

Music, Art and Culture

Susanna Boytha
Director

Throughout history Music, Art and Culture represents some of our societies finest achieves. Now, more than ever, in these uncertain times, this rich cultural heritage provides us with a unique perspective on who we are, what we hope for, who we aspire to be. As part of our commitment to create economic, cultural and social prosperity and reach out to our community The Benickzy Foundation is please to report that it is developing a very special and exciting Arts, Cultural and Historic Program highlighting the rich history of Central and Eastern Europe.

 

Over the next few years World Class Musicians and artists, young and old will be performing for local and international audiences to showcase talent, highlight the work of the Foundation and inspire and foster connections across cultures, genders and nations. The ideals of the Beniczky Foundation are both local and universal, personal and communal and so we hope as many people as possible will have access to the many splendid events planned for Hungary and beyond.

 

Download the proposed Concert Series at The Beniczky Kuria, Szügy

 

GUSZTÁV FENYŐ - piano

Gusztáv Fenyő

Gusztáv Fenyő

Artistic Director

Gusztáv Fenyő has been one of Scotland's leading musicians since settling in Glasgow in 1980. He is well-known for his cycles of works by one composer, which have included Beethoven's 32 Sonatas, Chopin's complete piano works and Shostakovich's 24 Preludes & Fugues.

 

Related to the great Hungarian violinist, Joseph Joachim, Gusztáv Fenyő first came into prominence as a teenager when he won the Australian Broadcasting Commission's annual concerto competition playing Liszt's E flat concerto. Following a period of study in London with Schnabel's disciple, Maria Curcio, he continued his studies under Pál Kadosa and Vilmos Tátrai at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, during which time he gave numerous Hungarian premières by composers such as Stockhausen, Boulez, Xenakis, Cage and Takemitsu, as well as having many works written for him.

 

At his London début at the Wigmore Hall in 1978, Gusztáv Fenyő premièred some of the 'Games' by the then barely-known Hungarian composer György Kurtág. He has also premièred works at other London venues, such as the Institute for Contemporary Arts, St John’s Smith Square and the Cadogan Hall, including works by Goeyvaerts, Vidovszky, Volans and Beat.

 

Gusztáv Fenyő has played a comprehensive solo, chamber and concerto repertoire, from Bach to the present day, in three continents. He has played nearly forty concertos, from Mozart and Beethoven to Bartók and Prokofiev: orchestras have included the Philharmonia (London), BBC Scottish, Hungarian Radio & Television, Bucharest Philharmonic, and the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, under conductors such as Frémaux, Osawa, Iwaki and Fürst.

 

He has performed almost the entire chamber music repertoire: his regular partner has been violinist Susanne Stanzeleit, with whom he recorded Bartók’s complete works for violin and piano, including 'Contrasts' with Michael Collins, for ASV. Other chamber music partners have included Alexander Janiczek, Jack Liebeck, Ildikó Line, James Boyd, Roger Chase, Adrian Brendel, Raphael Wallfisch, Andrew Fuller, Gervase de Peyer, Zoltán Kocsis, Balázs Szokolay, Geraldine McGreevy and Jane Irwin. He has also accompanied a wide operatic repertoire and was repetiteur at The Australian Opera where he worked with Dame Joan Sutherland, Dame Kiri te Kanawa and many others.

 

From 1980 to 1992 Gusztáv Fenyő was Lecturer of Piano at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He has also given masterclasses in leading institutions in the UK, Hungary, Australia, Mexico and USA, working alongside such distinguished teachers as Vesselin Paraschkevov and Felix Andrievsky. In 1995 he inaugurated the Scottish Borders’ summer chamber music festival which, since 1998, has been held at Paxton House, a partner-gallery of the National Galleries of Scotland; in 2008 he directed a new venture at Haddo House in the north-east of Scotland.

 

Gusztáv Fenyő has broadcast for the BBC, Australian Broadcasting Commission and Hungarian Radio, and his commercial recordings include works by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Bartók, Delius, Stanford, Dunhill, Bantock and Gyula Csapó. A recent recording with Robert Gibbs of the violin/piano music of the English conductor/composer, Sir Eugene Goossens, is due for release by Naxos in 2012.

 

'...a pianist of world class... due to his intelligent understanding of the meaning and direction of whatever he plays.'
Sunday Telegraph, Sydney

 

'...Fenyő's playing... has a quiet but firm presence, and even sounds rather like Bartók's own - rounded, spontaneous, secure and un-aggressive.'
Gramophone

 

'Mr Fenyő has, indeed, the kind of musical charisma that seems to sharpen the listener's powers of concentration, rewarding them with a satisfied feeling of musical inevitability.'
The Herald, Glasgow


The BENICZKY Kuria

 

In the 1830s several large residences were built by the Beniczky family in the villages of Vanyarc and Szugy in northern Hungary. The Foundation is aiming to restore one of these Kurias; this beautiful building now has a new destiny and a worthwhile future in good hands.

Veres Palne

 

Veres Palne (1815-1895) was a visionary educationalist, known for promoting women’s rights, opening the first secondary school for women in Hungary and founding the Hungarian National Association for Women’s Education.

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