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Award-Winning pianist Dènes Várjon opens the Leeds International Chamber Season 2015 2016


Described as bringing “a tangible sense of character in virtually everything he plays” (The Washington Post), Dènes Várjon opens The Sonata: Leeds International Chamber Season 2015/16 at The Venue, Leeds College of Music on Tuesday 20 October 2015.


Part of a series of six concerts all taking place on Tuesday nights at The Venue, Dènes Várjon’s performance includes one of the greatest examples of the genre: Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B minor, dedicated to Schumann. Dènes Várjon writes “I have always admired this unique shape of Liszt’s sonata, which has the essence of his incredible personality”. Dènes Várjon also performs Sándor Veress’ Piano Sonata which is strongly influenced by Hungarian folk-music and Haydn’s Piano Sonata in C major and Piano Sonata in B minor.


Dénes Várjon is a regular guest at the most prestigious international festivals and has performed with major orchestras such as the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. He won first prize at the Piano Competition of Hungarian Radio, at the Leó Weiner Chamber Music Competition in Budapest and at the Géza Anda Competition in Zurich. Dénes has recorded for the Naxos, Capriccio and Hungaroton Classics labels with critical acclaim and was the recipient of the Liszt and Sándor Veress Awards.


Curated by pianist Paul Lewis, Leeds International Chamber Season series 2015/16 focuses on the history of the sonata. Highlights of the season include Paul Lewis performing Beethoven’s intellectually and emotionally challenging Piano Sonatas No 30, 31 & 32 (10 Nov) and versatile musicians Adrian Brendel (cello) and Tim Horton (piano) performing traditional sonatas by Bach and Brahms with more modern works by Crumb and Boulez (8 Dec). The season concludes with a performance of Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello (22 Mar) performed by one of the great violinists of our time, Antje Weithaas and one of Norway's most sought after and admired cellists, Bjørg Lewis.


Paul Lewis Artistic Director of Leeds International Chamber Season 2015/16, said:

“I was delighted to be asked to put together this series of concerts surveying the history of the sonata. It would be no exaggeration to describe the sonata as the most important and familiar large scale form in western classical music.”


Tickets for Dènes Várjon and the other concerts as part of The Sonata: Leeds International Chamber Season 2015/16 are priced at £19.50 and £17.50 (concessions available) and can be purchased from the City Centre Box Office on 0113 224 3801 or book online at