Tamas Ungar (Hungary/USA)
Pianist Tamás Ungár has earned worldwide acclaim for his powerful performances and innovative programming. A regular guest artist at numerous music centers in the United States, he also performs and teaches frequently all over the globe. During the past seasons, he performed in America, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Romania, England, Taiwan, Hong Kong, The People’s Republic of China, Korea and Japan. Some of the highlights of these include performances with the Sacramento Symphony Orchestra, performing as soloist/conductor of Mozart Piano Concertos at the University of Leeds, England as Artist-in-Residence and solo recital and master class series at the Liszt Academy in Budapest.
During 2008-09 he participated in the Chopin Festival in Duszniki, Poland and gave a series of master classes in Hannover, Berlin and Dresden, Germany. In 2010 he toured the Finland, Estonia, Denmark and Sweden giving master classes and private lessons. The same year, Dr. Ungár was the recipient of the Presidential Scholars Teacher Recognition Award. In addition to his performing commitments, Tamás Ungár has become one of United States ‘ best-known and most respected teachers of the piano. As Founder – Executive Director of PianoTexas International Academy & Festival and member of the TCU Piano Faculty, he attracts students from across America and as far afield as Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, England, Estonia, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Israel, Kazakhstan, Korea, Hong Kong, Hungary, Japan, Malaya, Mexico, Poland, Republic of Georgia, Singapore, Russia and Taiwan. His students have received prizes in national and international competitions, have performed in prestigious music centers including Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Recital Hall, New York City and have made numerous recordings.
For the Eleventh Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, three of his students were invited to participate, an achievement reserved for very few teachers.
Since 1989 Tamás Ungár has been a regular guest teacher at the most important music centers in China. In 2006 he was appointed as Artistic Director of the Beijing International Piano Festival and Artistic Advisor for the Zhou Guangren Summer Piano Institute.
Dr. Ungár’s most influential teachers included Alexander Sverjensky at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Lajos Hernádi at the Liszt Academy in Budapest and György Sebök at Indiana University, where he was awarded the Doctorate in Music. Prior to his present position he taught at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Purcell School, England and at the University of California at San Diego.
Tamás Ungár records exclusively for CALA Records.