Artist database

This is the Artist Database of BMC, which includes information about composers, musicians, orchestras, choirs and groups that are either Hungarian or Hungarian by origin or live in Hungary, as well as information about releases recorded with them.

Elek Szilvia

piano, fortepiano, harpsichord

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Elek Szilvia was born in Budapest. She earned three degrees at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music. As the student of Rita Wagner, György Kurtág and Ferenc Rados she majored in piano and chamber music. József Soproni was her teacher in composing,and János Sebestyén in harpsichord. Continued her studies in early music with Malcolm Bilson in the United States and with Jos van Immerseel in Belgium. Attended a harpsichord mastercourse of Kenneth Gilbert as well.
As a composer she recived the Kodály Zoltán scholarship in 1997 -1998. Her works were mainly played outside the concerthalls, on records, television and radio recordings. She had her first concert as a composer in 1996. Besides her works for solo instruments, chamber ensembles and symphonic orchestra, recently she is working on harpsichord and chamber music including harpsichord pieces.
As a performer she gave hundreds of concerts in several countries in Europe (Schwetzingen Festspiele, Bach Tage Berlin,Zeist - Mozartweek, Festival van Vlaanderen in Brugge, Festival Midi - minimes in Brussel, Le Mans, den Haag, Paris, Heidelberg, Salzburg, Moscow,Vienna, etc.), published several records as the member of the Cristofori Trio (founded in 1987 with Peter Szüts - violin - and Balázs Máté - violoncello -; their repertoire is basically comprises piano chamber music of the 18-19th century) that won many international prizes. Her first harpsichord solo record was published in 1998 at Hungaroton Classic. Beyond her own works she frequently plays french pieces of the17th century and compositions of Froberger, J.S.Bach and the Bach Sonson concerts, but she is also a brilliant interpreter of contemporary composers' works. In her fortepiano concerts performs piano pieces of the Viennese Classics. Teaches at the Leo Weiner Secondary Music School and at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music.