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, Kocsis, Zoltán

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Budapest, 1952. Budapest (Hungary), 1952. Studied piano and composing under Pál Kadosa and Ferenc Rados. His international career was launched when he won the Radio Hungary 'International Beethoven Competition'. He won an Edison Prize for his recording, with Iván Fischer and Budapest Festival Orchestra, of Bartók's three piano concertos. His Debussy recording won the Gramophone Award and Instrumental Recording of the Year Award. In 1983 he founded the Budapest Festival Orchestra with Iván Fischer. He has worked with György Kurtág, performing many new compositions, some of which were dedicated to him. He has played with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestras of Chicago and San Francisco, and has taken part in the most prestigious festivals, among them Edinburgh, Paris, Tours, Lucerne, Salzburg, Prague and Menton. In 1997, he was appointed Musical Director of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Hungary; with the Orchestra he has published the complete works of Bartók for the Hungaroton record label. In January 2004, he received the title of 'Knight of the Order of the Arts and Literature' from the French Minister of Culture, awarded in recognition of his work to promote French music and for his work as a musician. In 2005, 27 years after receiving the Kossuth Prize for the first time, he was awarded this highest of awards for the second time. In 2007, the Ministry of Education and Culture appointed Zoltán Kocsis 'World Ambassador for Hungarian Culture'.

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