Find György Cziffra composition information on AllMusic. Keyboard. Transcription for piano from Strauss’ “An der schönen blauen Donau”. Keyboard. Find György Cziffra discography, albums and singles on AllMusic. György Cziffra performs Liszt, Strauss, Chopin, Rossini, Brahms & Schumann · Schumann. György Cziffra was one of the most celebrated and individual piano virtuosos of the postwar decades in Europe, By Johann Strauss & Johann Strauss II.

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He began to establish a recital career in Hungary, Holland, and Sweden. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. In the same year, France named him a cultural ambassador to a newly liberalized Hungary. He was born in a shantytown called Angels Court on the outskirts of Budapest to a family of gypsy musicians. After the war he earned a living playing in Budapest bars and clubs, [2] [5] touring with a European Jazz band from — and earning recognition as a superb Jazz pianist and virtuoso.

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The family was desperately poor, and ultimately both his father and a sister died of starvation. Grand galop chromatique, S. Cziffra died in Longpont-sur-OrgeEssonneFrance, aged 72, from a strauws attack [8] resulting from a series of complications from lung cancer.

However, his promising career was cut short by his death in an apartment fire in Cziffra, who was weak as a child, often watched his sister practice, and mimicked her. After attempting to escape communist Hungary in he was again imprisoned and subject to hard labour in the struass — Hungarian Gypsy Style in the Lisztian Spirit: He retired from recording in and left the stage in Retrieved 11 April Inhe founded the Festival de la Chaise-Dieu in the Auvergne, and three years later he inaugurated the piano competition czirfra after him at Versailles.


His parents had lived in Paris before World War Iwhen they were expelled as enemy aliens. His successful Paris debut the following year preceded his London debut at the Royal Festival Hall playing Liszt ‘s first piano concerto and Hungarian Fantasy which was also well received.

Retrieved 5 June After six months of exhaustive work, he recovered his top form. Cziffra always performed with a large leather wristband to support the ligaments of his wrist, which were damaged after he was forced to carry pounds of concrete up six flights of stairs during his two years in a labor camp. In Cziffra escaped with his wife and son to Vienna, where his recital was warmly received.

He married Zuleika shortly before he was drafted into the Hungarian army in One was the establishment of a strauzs competition in his strzuss. His unit was sent to the Russian front. He undertook three major projects. Cziffra refused to perform with an orchestra thereafter. Returning to his wife and small son, and with his mother and surviving sisters dependent on him, he worked for hours each day to recover his piano technique, making a living on tips from playing jazz in bars and cabarets each night.

The second was the purchase of the Royal Chapel of St. She had decided she was going to learn the piano after finding a job which allowed her to save the required amount of money for buying an upright piano. Classical Music for Babies. In he founded the Cziffra Foundation, sited in the Saint Frambourg chapel in Senlis, Oisewhich he bought and restored, with the aim of helping young musicians at the outset of their careers.


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He learned piano by watching an older sister’s lessons. He was captured by Russian partisans and held as a prisoner of war.

He is buried in the cemetery of Senlis near the remains of his son, and his wife continues to direct the Foundation Cziffra. After the war, he was imprisoned for a year in Cziffra had just married his wife Soleilka, who was pregnant when he entered military training. He is considered to be one of the greatest pianists of all time.

When he was released, the ligaments were so loose czffra he could not transmit the power of his arms through his wrists.

At ten, he was sent to the conservatory in Budapest. Hungary was allied with the Axis during cziffa Second World War. He learned without sheet music, instead repeating and improvising over tunes sung by his parents.

This article is about the pianist. He became a French citizen in He gave numerous concerts in Hungary, Scandinavia and the Netherlands.