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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Grand galop chromatique, S. Cziffra refused to perform with an orchestra thereafter. He was diagnosed with cancer in the early s, but died of a heart attack. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Hungary was allied with the Axis during the Second World War. This page was last edited on 15 Decemberat Allgemeine Enzyklopedie der Musik. 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 that he could not transmit the power of his arms through his wrists. Retrieved 5 June Dissertation, University of North Carolina Greensboro, He began to establish a recital career in Hungary, Holland, and Sweden.

He married Zuleika shortly before ztrauss was drafted into the Hungarian army in Classical Music for Babies. Kentner, Cziffra play Liszt Hungaroton Classics. He also restored the organ at the Abbey of La Chaise Dieu and started a summer festival there, at the suggestion of his son, who became a conductor.


One was the establishment of a piano competition in his name. Retrieved from ” https: Retrieved 11 April Cziffra settled in France with his family and took citizenship there. A Dictionary for the Modern Pianist. In he founded the Cziffra Foundation, sited in the Saint Frambourg chapel strahss Senlis, Oisewhich he bought and restored, with the aim of helping young musicians at the outset of their careers.

György Cziffra – Wikipedia

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. By the age of five, he was improvising requests from the audience at a circus. Frambourg near Senlis, which he made a non-sectarian shrine to spirituality and the arts, now known as the Foundation Cziffra.

Cziffra’s Communist captors tortured him; knowing he was a pianist, they beat his hands and made him carry heavy pieces of stone. Top Songs See All. He was born in a shantytown called Angels Court on the outskirts of Budapest to a family of gypsy musicians. His unit was sent to the Russian front.

After the war, he was imprisoned for a year in In other projects Wikimedia Commons. However, his promising career was cut short by his death in an apartment fire in He is buried in the cemetery of Senlis near the remains of his son, and his wife continues to direct the Foundation Cziffra. 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.


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.

He undertook three major projects. In Cziffra escaped with his wife and son to Vienna, where his recital was warmly received. He became a French citizen in Cziffra died in Longpont-sur-OrgeEssonneFrance, aged 72, from a heart attack [8] resulting from a series of complications from lung cancer.

The boy nearly died from the inhumane conditions in which he was held. He learned without sheet music, instead repeating and improvising over tunes sung by his parents. Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart: At ten, he was sent to the conservatory in Budapest.

György Cziffra performs Liszt, Strauss, Chopin, Rossini, Brahms & Schumann

His earliest training in piano came from watching his sister practice. 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.

Hungarian Gypsy Style in the Lisztian Spirit: The second was the purchase strausw the Royal Chapel of St. He gave numerous concerts in Hungary, Scandinavia and the Netherlands.