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CONTEMPORARY MUSIC

I have always been drawn to new music, immensely enjoying the process of discovering something yet unknown, fresh, and at times, shockingly unusual. Close work-relationships with composers have allowed me to gain insight into the process of compositional evolution, which helps me see earlier musical pieces in a very different light. As most audiences are less familiar with contemporary music, we performers share the great responsibility of introducing these pieces to the public. This requires one to convey the essence of the piece with the utmost expressive and effective playing -- an especially fascinating task!

"...We created a new platform inviting the most talented young instrumentalists to collaborate with the best young Hungarian composers, and named it IKZE..."

While still a student at the Liszt Academy, I was already a devoted performer of the works of young Hungarian composers. These artists were suffering from the lack of performance opportunities in Hungary at the time, so in 2004 we decided to initiate a festival together with Gergely Madaras (who is my husband today). We created a new platform inviting the most talented young instrumentalists to collaborate with the best young Hungarian composers, and named it IKZE – The Contemporary Music Festival of Young Composers. During IKZE’s six years of existence (2004-2009) we premiered 109 works by 42 young Hungarian composers, involving more than 200 musicians. These concerts were recorded by the Hungarian Radio and received widespread critical acclaim. 

Due to the growing number of international engagements in our personal careers, it became impossible for Gergely and me to continue organizing and administering such a festival. By then it had developed into one of the most important platforms for contemporary music in Hungary, but with heavy hearts we decided to close that chapter of our lives.

In recent years I am proud to have premiered many pieces that were commissioned by, or dedicated to me, notably Georgi Sztojanov’s Flute Concerto, which I performed together with the world-famous Amadinda Percussion Group (a commission and performance funded by the Brannen-Cooper Fund, USA). Some other memorable contemporary music projects of the past years included a performance of all of Kaija Saariaho’s ensemble music with the New European Ensemble in The Hague, participating in the premiere of Aribert Reimann’s opera Medea with the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and playing a recital of trio compositions for flute, cello and piano with live electronics at the CAFÉ Budapest Festival. 

"...In recent years I am proud to have premiered many pieces that were commissioned by, or dedicated to me, notably Georgi Sztojanov’s Flute Concerto, which I performed together with the world-famous Amadinda Percussion Group..."

"... These concerts were recorded by the Hungarian Radio and received widespread critical acclaim..."

It would be impossible to list all the contemporary pieces I have played during my career, but as a fun fact, here is a list of all the concerti composed after 1949 that I have performed with various orchestras:

André Jolivet: Flute Concerto No.1 (1949)

Mikós Kocsár: Capricorn Concerto (1978)

Ilona Meskó: Flauto Concerto (2006)

Krzysztof Penderecki: Flute Concerto (1992)

Endre Szervánszky: Flute Concerto (1952)

Georgi Sztojanov: Flute Concerto (2007)

Georgi Sztojanov: Triple Concerto for flute, voice and cymbal (2008)