Klára Würtz

Biography

Born: 1965; Budapest, Hungary  
Klára Würtz is among the more important pianists to have emerged from the latter decades of the twentieth century. Hungarian-born, Amsterdam-based, she has, since the early '90s, made numerous tours of the United States and Canada while also appearing throughout Holland and elsewhere in Europe. If her repertory generally excludes Baroque as well as contemporary music, it is broad still, taking in all the sonatas of Mozart and large chunks of the Read more outputs of Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Bartók, Debussy, and many others. Würtz has made numerous recordings for a variety of labels, including Brilliant Classics, Regis Records, and Globe.

Würtz was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1965. She was a child prodigy: she first sat down at the piano at age five and soon became an extraordinarily accomplished player. She joined the Hungarian Radio and Television Children's Chorus in the early '70s, not as a singer but to serve as the group's pianist. She soon enrolled at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in her native city where she studied under Zoltán Kocsis, György Kurtág, and Ferenc Rados. She would later attend master classes held by András Schiff in England.

1985 proved to be a breakthrough year for Würtz when she captured first prize in the Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition, a prestigious event held every two years in Seregno, Italy. In 1988 Würtz was a prize winner in another important contest, the Dublin International Piano Competition. By this time her career was firmly established in Europe, though not yet in North America.

In 1991 she began making regular tours of the United States and Canada and soon won over critics and public alike, most particularly at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, and at the Ravinia Festival. Among her first recordings was the 1994 Globe CD of a collection of Bartók works that included the Piano Sonata and the 15 Hungarian Peasant Songs.

Throughout the 1990s and in the new century as well, Würtz remained very active in the concert hall and recording studio. Probably her most significant work has been her Mozart: she has performed the sonatas in numerous concerts and recorded them in a complete set for Brilliant Classics, issued in 2005. Other recordings by her include a 2005 five-disc set on the same label containing a challenging mixture of works by Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, and Rachmaninov. Read less
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    Piano Music for Children
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95101 Release Date: 10/30/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Klára Würtz
    Conductor:  Dirk Vermeulen
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    Schumann Edition [45-CD Set]
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95020 Release Date: 10/30/2015   Number of Discs: 45
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Clara Wieck Schumann
    Performer:  Julius Berger,  Hansheinz Schneeberger,  Francis Orval,  François Tommasini  ... 
    Conductor:  Florian Merz,  Pierre Cao,  Arie Van Beek,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  South Westphalia Philharmonic,  Luxembourg Radio/Television Symphony Orchestra,  Northwest German Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Shostakovich Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9420 Release Date: 04/28/2015   Number of Discs: 49
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Benjamin Fleischmann
    Performer:  Boris Petrushansky,  Lewis James Quinn,  Kevin Matthews,  Alastair McCall  ... 
    Conductor:  Vasily Petrenko,  Sir Andrew Davis,  Rudolf Barshai,  Paavo Berglund  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  Wdr Sinfonieorchester  ... 
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    The Romantic Cello
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94934 Release Date: 02/24/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Zara Nelsova,  Julius Berger,  Timora Rosler,  Klára Würtz  ... 
    Conductor:  Walter Susskind,  Florian Merz,  Dwight Bennett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra,  South Westphalia Philharmonic,  Zilina State Chamber Orchestra
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    Adagios: The Most Relaxing Classical Music of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms & Schubert
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94994 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Misha Goldstein,  Burkhard Glaetzner,  Klára Würtz,  Shoko Sugitani  ... 
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Ludwig Güttler,  Theodore Kuchar,  Herbert Blomstedt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Virtuosi Saxoniae,  Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum Leipzig,  Prima La Musica  ... 
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    Schumann: String Quartet No. 3; Piano Quintet / Wurtz, Daniel Quartet
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95014 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Klára Würtz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Daniel String Quartet
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    Brahms: Violin Sonatas / Kristof Barati, Klara Wurtz
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94824 Release Date: 10/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Kristóf Baráti,  Klára Würtz
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    Schubert Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94870 Release Date: 10/28/2014   Number of Discs: 69
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Suzanne Lautenbacher,  György Pauk,  Peter Frankl,  Walter Hautzig  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  Jörg Faerber,  Andreas Weiser,  Romano Gandolfi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra,  Bell'Arte Trio  ... 
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    Mozart: Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 1116167 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 170
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Margaret Urquhart,  Pieter-Jan Belder,  Marten Boeken,  Remy Baudet  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaap ter Linden,  Paul Freeman,  János Ferencsik,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Mozart Academy,  Musica Amphion,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Schubert: Piano Sonatas D960 & 664 / Klara Wurtz
    Label: Piano Classics   Catalog: 1114816 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Klára Würtz
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    Brahms: Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94860 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 58
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim,  Cécile Ousset,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Emmy Verhey  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaap Van Zweden,  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos,  Günther Herbig,  Heinz Bongartz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra,  Radio Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Schumann: Fantasiestucke, Waldszenen, Arabeske, Kinderszenen / Klara Wurtz
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94436 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Klára Würtz
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    Beethoven: Cello Sonatas, Variations / Timora Rosler, Klara Wurtz
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94624 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Klára Würtz,  Timora Rosler
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    Beethoven - Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94630 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 86
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Helena Döse,  Marga Schiml,  Peter Schreier,  Theo Adam  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  David Zinman,  Gérard Oskamp,  Carl-August Bünte  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus,  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra  ... 
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    From Vienna With Love - Piano Concertos By Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Hummel
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300535 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel  ... 
    Performer:  Jolanda Violante,  Alessandro Commellato,  Klára Würtz,  Shoko Sugitani
    Conductor:  Federico Guglielmo,  Dirk Vermeulen,  Didier Talpain,  Gérard Oskamp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prima La Musica,  L'Arte dell'Arco,  Berlin Symphony Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Top 50 Favourite Classical Chillout Tunes
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94659 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Antonín Dvorák,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Klára Würtz,  Sara Crombach,  Wladislav Warenberg,  Alexander Goldenweiser  ... 
    Conductor:  Dirk Vermeulen,  Paavo Järvi,  Roy Goodman,  Gil Sharon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prima La Musica,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Hanover Band  ... 
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    Schubert: The Last Years
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94424 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Klára Würtz,  Joan Berkhemer,  Nadia David,  Peter Brem  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Piano Trio,  Brandis String Quartet,  Berlin Philharmonic Octet
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    Beethoven: Complete Violin Sonatas / Kristof Barati, Klara Wurtz
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94310 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Kristóf Baráti,  Klára Würtz
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  • 19.
    The Bartok Album / Klara Wurtz
    Label: Piano Classics   Catalog: 35 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  Klára Würtz
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  • 20.
    Ultimate Piano Concerto Collection (W/Cdrom) (Box)
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9098 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Derek Han,  Evgeni Kissin,  Karin Lechner,  Klára Würtz  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Freeman,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Dmitri Kitayenko,  Eduardo Marturet  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Israel Chamber Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Schubert: Impromptus / Klara Wurtz
    Label: Piano Classics   Catalog: 13 Release Date: 08/09/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Klára Würtz
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  • 22.
    Piano Concertos - Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Liszt
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94095 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel,  Karin Lechner,  Paolo Giacometti,  Nelson Freire  ... 
    Conductor:  Willfried Boettcher,  Heinz Wallberg,  Eduardo Marturet,  Arie Van Beek  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Volksoper Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Mozart Edition - Complete Works
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94051 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 170
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Angela Bucci,  Baltazar Zuniga,  Elena Biscuola,  Abramo Rosalen  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Favero,  Ton Koopman,  Paul Freeman,  Jaap ter Linden  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oficina Musicum,  Radio Chamber Orchestra,  Musica Amphion  ... 
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  • 24.
    Top 100 Favorite Classical Melodies
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94027 Release Date: 05/04/2010   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Georges Bizet,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Sara Crombach,  Wladislav Warenberg,  Martijn van den Hoek,  Marc Grauwels  ... 
    Conductor:  Bohdan Warchal,  Enrique Bátiz,  Mark Ermler,  Georgi Robev  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Harp Ensemble,  London Baroque,  Musica ad Rhenum  ... 
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    Mozart: Piano Concertos K 271 & 467 / Wurtz, Vermeulen
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93896 Release Date: 02/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Klára Würtz
    Conductor:  Dirk Vermeulen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prima La Musica
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