Gergely Bogányi

Gergely Bogányi is regarded as one of the most exceptional pianists in our time. His brilliant technique and deeply expressed artistic interpretations make him an outstanding performer.
He was born in 1974 in Vác, Hungary, and started playing the piano at the age of four. He continued his studies at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and at the University of Indiana in Bloomington with professors László Baranyay, Zsuzsa Esztó, György Sebők, Matti Raekallio. He has had success in several national and international competitions. In 1996 he won one of the most distinguished competitions in the world - the International Franz Liszt Competition in Budapest. In 1999 the trio Bogányi-Kelemen won the 1st prize of the International Trio Competition in Kuhmo, Finland. He is a constant guest for recitals in the best halls in Europe and worldwide, and is also invited to perform as a soloist by the leading orchestras, for example the London Philharmonic in 2004. In 2001 his series of "Chopin's complete piano works" received the Hungarian Gramofon Prize in the category of "Best concert event and performing artist in Hungary". Gergely Bogányi has been appointed a citizen of honour in his native town Vác at the exceptionally young age of 22. In 2000 he was awarded the Liszt Prize by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, in 2002 the Cross of Merit of the White Rose of Finland by the President of the Finnish Republic, and in 2004 he received the highest artistic award of Hungary, the Kossuth Prize. Gergely Bogányi became a citizen of honour of Zebegény laureated by the mayor of the city in 2007.