Marián Lapsansky

Biography

Born: August 21, 1947; Tisovec, Slovakia  
Marian Lapsansky is one of those seemingly ubiquitous pianists who not only performs regularly as soloist, recitalist, and chamber music collaborator, but appears on numerous recordings in a wide range of repertory, often in collections with multiple artists and works. He has played with some of the leading Czech and Slovak conductors of the day, including Jirí Belohlávek, Bystrik Rezucha, Zdenek Kosler, and Libor Pesek and has won several Read more competitions and recording prizes. He has also been active as a teacher. Lapsansky's repertory is broad, taking in the disparate likes of Schumann, Grieg, Prokofiev, Poulenc, Debussy, Ravel, and Franck, as well as Czech and Slovak composers such as Dvorák, Janácek, Barta, and especially Zdenek Fibich. Lapsansky has recorded for many labels, including Supraphon and Naxos.

Lapsansky was born in Tisovec, Slovakia, on August 21, 1947. His student résumé is long and impressive: he began music studies in 1956 with Jaroslav Brzák (piano) and Leopold Krull (violin); later he studied violin (1960-1962) with Vojtech Minornár; from 1962-1968 he studied piano at the Bratislava Conservatory with Roman Rychla, and at the Prague Academy of Music and Drama (1968-1973) with piano icons Frantisek Maxián and Jan Panenka. He spent the next year at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow studying with piano virtuoso and keyboard pedagogue Viktor Merzhanov.

In 1970 Lapsansky won the International Smetana Competition in Hradec Králové, Czechoslovakia. From 1976-1979 he concertized regularly with the Kosice State Philharmonic Orchestra, and shortly thereafter began making appearances with the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra. From 1983 he performed duo-piano repertory with Czech pianist Peter Toperczer.

During the next two decades Lapsansky made appearances in the major cities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Africa, and with front-rank orchestras in Tokyo, Berlin, Dresden, Sofia, Prague, and elsewhere. In 1994 he began recording exclusively for Supraphon Records. Among his major achievements in the recording studio was the completion in 1997 of a massive collection of solo piano works by Fibich -- Moods, Impressions and Reminiscences -- issued on a 12-CD set.

As a teacher Lapsansky has also been quite active: a faculty member at the Bratislava Academy of Music from 1987, he began teaching at the Prague Academy of Music in 1997, then joined the faculties of the Music Academy in Banská Bystrica in 2001 and the Janácek Academy of Music in 2002. Lapsansky's 2007 schedule included concerts in Bratislava, Istanbul, and Malaga. Read less
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    Label: Mood Media Entertainment   Catalog: 57757 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  César Cui,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Pachelbel,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Jeffrey Biegel,  Tamas Benkocs,  Kimball Sykes,  Stéphane Lemelin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Villa Musica,  Stuttgart Piano Trio,  Concentus Hungaricus
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    Romantic Adagios / Svetlanov, Marturet, Et Al
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17749 Release Date: 01/13/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Jacques Offenbach,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Dubravka Tomsic,  Herbert Waltl,  Marian Pivka,  Marián Lapsansky  ... 
    Conductor:  Frank Shipway,  Eduardo Marturet,  Theodore Bloomfield,  Oliver Dohnányi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Dvorák: Songs / Schreier, Lapsansky
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 3249 Release Date: 10/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Marián Lapsansky,  Peter Schreier
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    Grieg: Lyric Pieces Vol 2 / Marián Lapsansky
    Label: Amadis   Catalog: 7125 Release Date: 10/07/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Marian Lapansky,  Marián Lapsansky
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    Classical Gallery - Debussy: Estampes, Etc;  Ravel
    Label: Platinum Disc   Catalog: 443 Release Date: 02/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Dieter Goldmann,  Leonard Hokanson,  Peter Toperczer,  Marián Lapsansky
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    The Best Of Saint-saens
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556675 Release Date: 09/15/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Dong-Suk Kang,  Idil Biret,  Imrich Szabo,  Peter Toperczer  ... 
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit,  James Loughran,  Richard Hayman,  Stephen Gunzenhauser  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Janacek: Diary Of One Who Disappeared, Etc / Schreier, Et Al
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 9169 Release Date: 06/17/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Peter Schreier,  Marián Lapsansky
    Conductor:  Dietrich Knothe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Soloists
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    The Best Of Saint-saëns - The Swan, Havanaise, Etc
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8551195 Release Date: 03/15/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Marat Bisengaliev,  Peter Toperczer,  Marián Lapsansky,  Dong-Suk Kang  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hayman,  Johannes Wildner,  Keith Clark,  Ondrej Lenárd  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra,  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bratislava Slovak State Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Britten: Peter & The Wolf/Young Person's Guide
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550499 Release Date: 01/03/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Peter Toperczer,  Marián Lapsansky,  Jeremy Nicholas
    Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Symphony Orchestra
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    Klassix For Kidz
    Label: Celestial Harmonies   Catalog: 12102 Release Date: 01/31/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Carl Orff,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  János Sebestyén,  Marián Lapsansky,  Peter Toperczer,  Jénö Jandó  ... 
    Conductor:  András Kiss,  Ondrej Lenárd,  Kenneth Jean,  Harald Nerat  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Rossini Ensemble,  Karl Peinkofer Percussion Ensemble,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony  ... 
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    Prokofiev: Peter & The Wolf; Britten, Saint-Saens / Lenard, Slovak RSO
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550335 Release Date: 06/30/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Marián Lapsansky,  Peter Toperczer
    Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
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