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Klára Würtz

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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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    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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    Shostakovich Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9245 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 51
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Benjamin Fleischmann
    Performer:  Sergei Aleksashkin,  Vladimir Vaneev,  Alla Simoni,  Cristina Ortiz  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Barshai,  Paavo Berglund,  Yevgeny Mravinsky,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wdr Sinfonieorchester,  Wdr Sinfonieorchester Rundfunkchor,  Wdr Sinfonieorchester Choral Academy Moscow  ... 
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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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    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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  • 14.
    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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    A Mendelssohn Portrait [40 CDs + CD-ROM]
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94212 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Gil Sharon,  Bart Van Oort,  Emmy Verhey,  Derek Han  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Lev Markiz,  Gil Sharon,  Arpád Joó  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Chorus,  Amsterdam Sinfonietta  ... 
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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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    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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    Beethoven Edition: Complete Works
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94052 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 85
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Marga Schiml,  Peter Schreier,  Helena Doese,  Theo Adam  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt,  Horst Stein,  Gerhard Oskamp,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Cello Rhapsody / Timora Rosler, Klara Wurtz
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 958385 Release Date: 06/01/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Bohuslav Martinu,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Timora Rosler,  Klára Würtz
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    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,  Vladislaw 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: Complete Piano Sonatas / Klara Wurtz
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94034 Release Date: 03/23/2010   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Klára Würtz
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    Schumann: Complete Piano Works
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94008 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Peter Frankl,  Mariana Izman,  Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy,  Luba Edlina  ... 
    Conductor:  Arie Van Beek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northwest German Philharmonic Orchestra
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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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    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93896 Release Date: 02/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Klára Würtz
    Conductor:  Dirk Vermeulen
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    Schubert: Complete Piano Trios / Klavier Trio Amsterdam
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 93798 Release Date: 02/09/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Klára Würtz,  Joan Berkhemer,  Nadia David
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Piano Trio
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