Find György Cziffra composition information on AllMusic. Keyboard. Transcription for piano from Strauss’ “An der schönen blauen Donau”. Keyboard. Find György Cziffra discography, albums and singles on AllMusic. György Cziffra performs Liszt, Strauss, Chopin, Rossini, Brahms & Schumann · Schumann. György Cziffra was one of the most celebrated and individual piano virtuosos of the postwar decades in Europe, By Johann Strauss & Johann Strauss II.

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He gave numerous concerts in Hungary, Scandinavia and the Netherlands. Cziffra always performed with a large leather wristband to support the ligaments of his wrist, which were damaged after he was forced to carry pounds of concrete up six flights of stairs during his two years stauss a labor camp.

György Cziffra performs Liszt, Strauss, Chopin, Rossini, Brahms & Schumann

Inhe founded the Festival de la Chaise-Dieu in the Auvergne, and three years later he inaugurated the piano competition named after him at Versailles. Retrieved 11 April Views Read Edit View history.

He was diagnosed with cancer in the early s, but died of a heart attack. A Dictionary for strxuss Modern Pianist. His parents had lived in Paris before World War Iwhen they were expelled as enemy aliens.

Hungary was allied with the Axis during the Second World War. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. His successful Paris debut the following year preceded his London debut at the Royal Festival Hall playing Liszt ‘s first piano concerto and Hungarian Fantasy which was also well received. Cziffra, who was weak as a child, often watched his sister practice, and mimicked her.


He is buried in the cemetery of Senlis near the remains of his son, and his wife continues to direct the Foundation Cziffra. The family was desperately poor, and ultimately both his father and a sister died of starvation.

Cziffra was born to a poor family in Budapest in After attempting to escape communist Hungary in he was again imprisoned and subject to hard labour in the period — His srrauss was sent to the Russian front. After six months of exhaustive work, he recovered his top form.

She had decided she was going to learn the piano after finding a job which allowed her to save the required amount of money for buying an upright piano.

One was the establishment of a czirfra competition in his name. He was born in a shantytown called Angels Court on the outskirts of Budapest to a family of gypsy musicians.

György Cziffra

He married Zuleika shortly before he was drafted into the Czjffra army in Cziffra’s Communist captors tortured him; knowing he was a pianist, they beat his hands and made him carry heavy pieces of stone. His earliest training in piano came from watching his sister practice.


Cziffra died in Longpont-sur-OrgeEssonneFrance, aged 72, from a heart attack [8] resulting from a series sttauss complications from lung cancer.

He retired from recording in and left the stage in He was captured by Russian partisans and held as a prisoner of war. Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart: The boy nearly died from the inhumane conditions in which he was held.

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Dziffra he was released, the ligaments were so loose that he could not transmit the power of his arms through his wrists. By the age of five, he was improvising requests from the audience at a circus.

In Cannons and Flowershis autobiography, which has been described as “a hallucinatory journey through privation, acclaim, hostility and personal tragedy”, Cziffra recounts his life story up until Retrieved from ” https: He also restored the organ at the Abbey of La Chaise Dieu and started a summer festival there, at the suggestion of his son, who became a conductor.

He is considered to be one of the greatest pianists of all time.