Internationally acknowledged concert pianist, Steinway Artist, Katalin Csillagh is currently living in London, UK, where she is Artistic Director at Moltopera Opera Company and she is a piano professor at Steinway London. Former vocal coach professor of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, Hungary, and visiting professor at Tufts University, Boston, USA, she is currently working on her PhD in Word and Music Studies, researching and premiering vocal compositions by contemporary woman composers.
She has a special focus on performing Argentinian music. She is touring with star tenor Jose Cura performing Argentinian songs. She played Piazzolla for two pianos with Martha Argerich, Eduardo Hubert and Alberto Portugheis at the Argentina 200 Festival in London. She played a concert with cellist Carlos Nozzi, principal cellist of the Buenos Aires
Philharmonic Orchestra, performing his Piazzolla arrangements. She is a regular guest performer at the Argentinian Embassy in Budapest, promoting Argentinian music. Her Piazzolla recordings are highly acknowledged on youtube.
She has had concerts in New York, Boston, Paris, Vienna, London, Toronto, Buenos Aires, Salzburg, Munich, Moscow, Bayreuth, Budapest and Nice as well as at several European festivals. She has played chamber music with such artists as Péter Somodari, solo cellist of
the Wiener Philharmonic Orchestra, Pablo Galdo, Priya Mitchell, Ádám Banda, Csaba Klenyán, Noémi Gyõri, Gergely Madaras, Júlia Pászthy, Atala Schöck, Lucia Megyesi-Schwartz, among others. She has worked as vocal coach with several internationally acclaimed opera singers, Gyula Rab, Maria Celeng, Zoltán Darago, János Alagi, Marcell Bakonyi, Gabriella Balga. She has played as soloist with several orchestras conducted by Peter Koczan, Sean Deibler, Daniel Grossmann, Tamás Gál, Dániel Somogyi-Tóth.
In 2001 she was awarded a two-year scholarship to the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. In the same year she also received a scholarship from the Pro Renovanda Cultura Hungariae Foundation. She graduated from the Franz Liszt Academy
of Music with top honours in 2005. She completed her post-graduate studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg in 2008.
She attended the master classes of several great musicians, such as Leon Fleisher, Boris Berezowski, Imre Rohmann, Jenő Jandó, Oleg Maisenberg, Alberto Portugheis, László Baranyay and Ferenc Rados, and took part in the improvisation and composition course of Messiaen’s pupil Emmy Henz-Diémand.
Her talent has been acknowledged at international competitions, winning first prize at the piano competition of the European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA) in London and at the chamber music competition of the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe, also in London. She was awarded the Kadosa Prize at the National Piano Competition. In 2007 she had the honour to represent Hungary at the Hungarian Cultural Centre in London under the aegis of the Kodály Jubilee Year.
Her recordings have been broadcasted by the Hungarian Radio and Television. Her solo CD Sonatas (SW 2000) and her chamber music CD Shades of Bach with János Vázsonyi (BMC, 2001) have scored great success in several countries and was awarded the title “CD Of the Year” at Gramophone SouthKorea. Her CD including Chopin’s 24
Preludes and Improvisations was released in 2008. Her CD, Glowing Sonorities with flutist Noémi Győri was released in 2016 by Hungaroton record label, with the recommendation of Zoltán Kocsis. Her recording of Beethoven’s G major piano concerto with conductor Peter Koczan and the Sopron Symphony Orchestra is to be released in December 2022.