Sunday, 2015 November 1st, 6.00 PM
LATVIAN NATIONAL LIBRARY ZIEDOŅA HALL (Rīga, Mūkusalas 3)
International music festival WINTERFEST opening
The Katona Twins(guitar duo, Hungary)
The Katona Twins, Peter and Zoltán Katona, are among Europe's leading young artists, having won numerous prizes as soloists and a duo. The twins were winners of the 1998 Concert Artists Guild Competition and recipients of top competition prizes including First Prize at the most prestigious guitar duo competition in Montelimar, France, and First Prize at the international guitar competition in Bubenreuth, Germany. In addition, they were winners of the Young Concert Artist Trust Auditions in London. Other honors include the Cultural Prize from the city of Kassel, Germany, the S. T. Johnson Foundation Prize, and the Laura Ashley Prize.In 2004 they were awarded, with the prestigiousBorletti-Buitoni prize, the first guitarist in the trust's history.
The Katona Twins have performed extensively throughout Europe, including performances at the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Philharmonie in Cologne, and the Purcell Room of the Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Forbidden City in Beijing.In Hungary and Germany they are frequently invited to record for television and radio broadcasts. Performance highlights include their debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, a return engagement at London's Wigmore Hall, a performance at the Hungarian Embassy in Washington, DC, and appearances at the Fort Worth, Austin, and Connecticut Classical Guitar Societies. They also performed on a live broadcast on BBC Radio, playing Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto Madrigal with the BBC Radio Orchestra and many more.
The Katona Twins have recorded works by Piazzolla, Granados, de Falla, and Mozart in Budapest for the Channel Classics label. In the summer of 1999 they released their second Channel CD recording, which features the music of Scarlatti and Handel, and in this year, Channel released their recording of Rodrigo's Concierto Madrigal with the Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra.
Born in Hungary, the Katona brothers studied individually and as a duo with Ede Roth at the Béla Bartók Conservatory in Budapest, with Wolfgang Lendle at the Academy of Music in Kassel, and with Michael Teuchert at the Musikhochschule in Frankfurt am Main. In 1995 the twins entered the Royal Academy of Music in London to study with Michael Lewin and Tim Walker; they also participated in master classes with Julian Bream and John Williams. They graduated with the Academy's highest award.