“There is no showy virtuosity here, no merciless hammering with pauses, but an intelligent and gripping differentiation that reveals the full richness of the movement.”
Pizzicato Magazin, Remy Franck
Since September 2021, Benedek has been an assistant professor at the Basel Music Academy.
Hungarian pianist Benedek Horvath's second solo album with Artalinna was released in September 2023 and was enthusiastically received by the critics. The programme includes solo piano pieces by Leoš Janáček, Béla Bartók and György Kurtág.
This is not the only recording to be released in 2023. In January, IAN Records released Bach's Goldberg Variations in stereo and Dolby Atmos formats. Benedek, himself a photographer and videographer, made a short film to complement the audio with some visuals called "The Fourth Voice". The short film can be viewed on his website.
In June 2023, Benedek was happy to return to the great hall of Basel in the Stadt-Casino, where he played Bartók's 3rd piano concerto with the SMOS orchestra. It was also a benefit concert for children with cancer.
Benedek's concerts have taken him to more than 20 countries. One of the highlights was a tour of China, where he gave several concerts in Beijing and Shanghai. In 2017, he made his debut at New York's Merkin Hall with Liszt's 2nd Concerto. He has also performed at the most prestigious festivals in Switzerland, the Gstadt Menuhin Festival and the Lucerne Festival.
As a soloist, Benedek has worked with the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de chambre de Lusanne, the Montenegro Symphony Orchestra, the Real Filharmonía de Galicia and the Szeged Symphony Orchestra, among others.
Benedek is a first prize winner of the Kiefer Hablitzel Competition (Bern) and the Rahn Music Prize (Zurich). In 2016, he won the Laureate Prize at the Klara Haskil Competition, as well as the prestigious Paloma O'Shea International Piano Competition.
In 2018 Benedek was also awarded the 'Junior Prima' prize in Budapest. This is one of the most important prizes for young artists in Hungary, and only a few are awarded it each year.
Benedek not only performs as a soloist, but is also a passionate chamber musician. His CD with Trio Eclipse, 'Spheres', was released by Prospero Classical in 2020 and features works by Gershwin, Nino Rota, Thomas Demenga and others. They are also prizewinners of the prestigious International Osaka Chamber Music Competition and the Migros Kulturprozent Competition. Other chamber music highlights include performances with the internationally renowned Casals String Quartet and Zakar Bron.
Benedek holds a soloist diploma from the Basel Music Academy and has worked with many renowned artists including András Schiff, Dimitri Bashkirov, Menahem Pressler, Claudio Martínez Mehner, Ferenc Rados and Zoltán Kocsis.
2023 / 2024 season