Dezső Ránki and Edit Klukon in London – The Christmas Concert hosted by the Hungarian Embassy and the Hungarian Cultural Centre

At the invitation of the Hungarian Cultural Centre, Dezső Ránki and Edit Klukon gave a performance at the Embassy of Barnabás Dukay’s Invisible Fire in the Winter Night, Prelude to the Inner Light for two pianos.

About the Performers and Composer

Edit Klukon was born in Budapest and studied at the Liszt Music Academy under Pál Kadosa. After receiving her diploma, she focused her musical interests on chamber music and piano. Throughout her career she has performed pieces by Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, R. Strauss, and Wolf in many European cities and has worked with such great singers as Dénes Gulyás, László Polgár, Lucia Popp, and Ruth Ziesak. She has currently taken an avid interest in solo piano works especially by Liszt and Haydn.

Dezsô Ránki was also born and educated in Budapest. Since winning the prestigious Schumanncompetition in Germany in 1969 he has performed concerts all throughout Europe, America, and Japan. He has played with such renowned orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony, the Concertgebouw, and the NHK and has worked with famous conductors such as Maazel, Mehta, Solti, and Kondrashin.

Edit Klukon and Dezső Ránki started performing together in 1985. Both pianists became very interested in the wonderful world of the piano repertory written by the greatest composers for piano four-hands and two pianos. Now they regularly perform about ten to fifteen duets a year. Two of their most interesting productions were Liszt’s unpublished two-piano version of his own Faust-symphony and Liszt’s transcription of Beethoven’s Symphony Nr. 9 for two pianos. They have most notably performed in the following cities: Salzburg, Torino, Milan, Munich, Paris, London, Lisbon, Las Palmas, the Festival in Lucerne, and Sao Paulo. Works by Satie and Liszt are featured on their latest CD recording.

Composer Barnabás Dukay was born in Szony, Hungary in 1950. He studied composition at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest under Rezső Sugár. From 1970 to 1990, he was a member of New Musical Studio, the Hungarian group of experimental musicians inspired by György Kurtág. His other main inspirations include Boulez, Stockhausen, Cage and Ligeti.