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Körmendi Klára


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Date of Birth

Klára Körmendi studied under Kornél Zempléni and Péter Solymos, and Graduated with distinction from the piano department of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest, in 1967. Since 1969 she has been a soloist with the National Philharmonia Concert Agency and frequently appeared at concerts both in Budapest and in the provinces. She enjoyed early success in a number of international competitions, before embarking on a career that has taken her to the major musical centers of Europe, with broadcasts in Vienna, Paris and London, as well as Basle, Cologne, Lausanne and Ljubljana. In 1966 she was one of the prizewinners at the piano competition run by Hungarian Radio, and in 1967 she was placed highly at the International Piano Competition in Munich. In April 1971 she scored great success in Rotterdam at the Gaudeamus international competition for performers, where she also premiered Attila Bozay´s A Couple of Movements, which she later performed again at the ISCM Festival in London and at the Zagreb Biennale. Klára Körmendi has a wide repetoire, and has always shown particular interest in contemporary repertoire, both Hungarian and foreign. Her recordings for Hungaroton include music by Pierre Boulez, Olivier Messiaen, Luciano Berio and Heinz Holliger. For Naxos she has recorded works by Debussy, Ravel and Satie.

Year Title Publisher Code Remark
Famous Piano Pieces Naxos 8.571109
Discover Classical Music Naxos 8.550008-09
1976 Bozay Attila művei
(Works of Attila Bozay)
Hungaroton SLPX 11742 LP
1984 Kortárs zongoraművek
(Contemporary Piano Music)
Hungaroton SLPX 12569 / HCD 12569-2 Own
1986 Kocsár Miklós: Capricorn Concerto; Változatok zenekarra; Öt tétel: Metamorfózisok
(Kocsár, Miklós: Capricorn Concerto; Varianti per orchestra; Five Movements; Metamorphoses)
Hungaroton SLPX 12134 LP
1990 Ravel, Maurice: Gaspard de la nuit - Sonatine - La Tombeau de Couperin Naxos 8.550254
1990 Debussy, Claude: Suite bergamasque - Images - Preludes - Arabesques Naxos 8.550253
1992 Lajtha László: Piano Works Naxos 8.223473
1993 Discover the Classics Vol.1 Naxos 8.550035-36
1993 Debussy, Claude: The Best of Debussy Naxos 8.551113
1994 Mosonyi Mihály: Piano Concerto - Symphony No.1 Naxos 8.223539
1994 Für Elise - Best of Romantic Piano Music Naxos 8.550647DX
1994 Für Elise - Romantic Piano Music Naxos 8.550647
1994 Classical Favorites - Vol 1. Naxos 8.550521 3 CDs
1994 Mosonyi Mihály: Piano Music for Four Hands Vol.2 Marco Polo (Naxos) 8.223558 Own
Complete edition
1994 Satie, Erik: Piano Works Vol.4 Naxos 8.550699
1995 Masterpieces of the Romantic Piano Naxos 8.553252
1995 Körmendi Klára zongorázik
(Klára Körmendi - Piano Recital)
Hungaroton HCD 31606 Own
1996 Moonlight Classics Naxos 8.550223DX
1997 Debussy - Ravel: Piano Music Naxos 8.553279
1997 The Best of Debussy Naxos 8.556663
1997 Kortárs magyar zene fagottra és zongorára
(Contemporary Hungarian Music for Basson and Piano)
Hungaroton HCD 31725
1998 Meditation: Classics for Relaxing and Dreaming
(Meditation: Classics for Relaxing and Dreaming)
Naxos 8.556614
1998 Cinema Classics Vol.8 Naxos 8.556628
1999 My Piano Album Naxos 8.554908DX
1999 Klassiskt A-Ö (Musiklexikon och 2 CD)
(The A to Z of Classical Music )
Naxos 8.553362 2 CDs
2000 The Best of Satie Naxos 8.556688
2000 Kocsár Miklós: Repliche No.1; Évszakok zenéje; Repliche No.2; Kassák-dalok; Repliche No.3; Capricorn concerto
(Kocsár, Miklós: Repliche No.1; Music of the Seasons; Repliche No.2; Songs on Poems by Lajos Kassák; Repliche No.3; Capricorn concerto)
Hungaroton HCD 31959
2001 A la Decouverte du Classique Naxos 8.550037-38 2 CDs
2001 50 éves a Hungaroton - Zongoraművészek (1951-2001)
(Fifty Years of Hungaroton - Pianists)
Hungaroton HCD 32088-90 3 CDs
2001 Chekhov, Anton: Das Drama - Lustige Erzahlungen Naxos NHB10662
2002 Chill with Satie Naxos 8.556781
2003 Cinema Classics 2003 Naxos 8.556696
2003 Nocturne - Late Night Piano Music Naxos 8.557292
2004 Klavier Gala Naxos 8.551225-26
2005 Discover Music of the Twentieth Century Naxos 8.558168-69 2 CDs
2005 Jack-in-the-Fox - A Collection of Amusing and Entertaining Works by Classical Composers Naxos 8.570124-25 2 CDs
2005 Art & Music: Cezanne - Music of His Time Naxos 8.558179
2006 A Musical Journey - Southern France: A Musical Tour of Provence, Cote d'Azur and Camargue Naxos 2.110516 DVD
2006 The Very Best of Satie Naxos 8.552137-38 2 CDs
2007 In Balance with Classical Music Naxos 8.503180DK
2007 Meditation Naxos 8.571075
2008 Panda Classics - Issue Nos. 1-3 (3CD box set) Naxos 8.503204 3 CDs
2008 Eternal Piano Naxos 8.572179
2008 Eternal Satie Naxos 8.572132
2008 101 Classics - The Best Loved Classical Melodies Naxos 8.508004
2012 25 ar med Klassiska Fevoriter
(Great Classical Masterpieces - Bestselling Naxos Recordings)
Naxos 8.578228
2012 Great Classical Masterpieces - Bestselling Naxos Recordings 1987-2012 Naxos 8.578217