Center for Arts and Culture Presents Performance Series with New Artists-in-Residence Program

November 29, 2011

The new Artist-in-Residence Program at the CEU Center for Arts and Culture, which is a a special initiative of the office of the President and Rector for the benefit of external and internal communities, kicked off its first performance on Nov.9 with “Music of Central Europe.” The concert of Classicus et Universus Ensemble, featuring Peter Tornyai on viola and violin; Janos Palojtay and Zoltan Fejervari on piano; and Tamas Zetenyi on cello, playing works by Bartok, Kurtag, and Tornyai, reflected the diverse cultures and traditions of Central Europe, with 44 Duos by Bartok, Sonata for violin and piano by Janacek, Dumky piano trio No. 4 by Dvorak, and Kaddish by Ravel. The event was opened by President and Rector John Shattuck. For the video of the Nov.9 inaugural concert, visit The Artists-in-Residence program offers beneficial conditions and facilities to visiting artists so that they may apply singular focus to their work.

These four recent graduates of the prestigious Liszt Academy have performed at world-class venues from the Mozarteum in Salzburg to the Fisher Center at Bard College in New York State, the Escuela Superior in Madrid to the Universitaet der Kunste in Berlin. Their next performance at CEU will take place on Dec.6. It is entitled “Bach and the 21st Century.” For more information, see

The performance series organized by the CEU Center for Arts and Culture will continue through the academic year, with concerts of both classical and contemporary pieces by these and other young musicians.

On Nov. 15 by the well-known Amadinda Percussion Group, which was well received by the large audience that gathered at CEU. Formed in Budapest in 1984 by four musicians who had just graduated from the Liszt Academy, the group has performed at festivals worldwide and won numerous awards. The works of influential composer Steve Reich form a key element of the group’s repertoire. For more information, visit

Because 2011 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Austro-Hungarian composer Franz Liszt, the CEU Center for Arts and Culture also included a performance of selected  works as part of the university’s pre-winter program. On Nov. 23, pianist Klara Kormendi, a Liszt Prize recipient, and Laszlo Polus, cellist with the Hungarian State Opera, played works including Le mal du pays, Dreams of Love, Les jeux d' eau a la Villa d' Este, and St. Francois de Paule marchant sur les flots. For more information, see

The CEU Center for Arts and Culture (CAC) was established in 2003 to provide an inspiring arts program that brings together students from all disciplines, academic staff, and citizens of Budapest. CAC endeavors to offer insight into the arts; stimulate both research and curriculum development in the fields of arts, culture, and cultural policy; and stir culture-related debate within the university.

All CAC-sponsored events during the pre-winter period are free of charge. For more information, visit