Tamás Érdi: Piano concert in aid of African Medical & Research Foundation

The Oxford Hungarian Society Concert presents internationally acclaimed pianist Tamás Érdi, who is blind, playing music by Liszt, Schubert, Chopin and Beethoven.

The concert is in aid of the African Medical & research Foundation. 

Meet at The Leonard Wolfson auditorium from 7:00

Look for Oxford Arts Group signs or call[masked]

£7 or £5 concessions.

Pianist Tamás Érdi lost his eyesight as a result of an oxygen overdose in a defective incubator. His teacher Erika Becht used a technique called 'the structural method' to teach Tamás how to play the piano, whereby he virtually 'recomposes' the music he is introduced to.

 In 2002, he graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto as piano artist instructed by Leon Fleisher. During his studies, he played with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Iceland Symphony, Symphony Orchestra of the Hungarian Radio, the Vienna Mozart Orchestra, the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sverdlovsk Symphonic Orchestra. In 2012, he was closing act of the Liszt Bicentennial events in Romania with the Enescu Symphonic Orchestra. He has performed at Carnagie Hall, Lincoln Center. Moreover, he played in Siberia, Russia, Kuwait, Lebanon, the US, Canada and several European cities, most recently in London at the Barbican Centre.

'Tamás touches piano keys with much more sensitivity than those who can see. I believe that in his play, in certain dynamic domains there is such sensitivity which is naturally not possible to reach for us. I would say that this ability could be measured by Chopin's standards. It is no coincidence that Chopin is so close to him... He opens up a new world, a new dimension that no one has opened before.' (Zoltán Kocsis, Parlando, January 2010)


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  • christine k.

    No, out on a poetry thing tonight, but sometime we'll put faces to our names !

    April 10, 2014

  • Michelle

    Are you off to the Gardner's Arms tonight Christine? I'll be there

    April 10, 2014

  • christine k.

    Christine

    Really bad luck, Michelle, look forward to meeting you at some other event

    1 · April 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice music room and there were some good moments of music, especially Beethoven sonata and Liszt "Funerailles".

    April 10, 2014

  • Michelle

    Thanks for those directions Christine, that was kind of you. From people's comments of the performance, it sounded like it was wonderful. I was gutted I wasn't able to get there on time, I waited a little whole for the next bus but there was no point I would have missed to much off it.

    April 10, 2014

  • Neil

    Tamás was extraordinary. A performer of genuinely international stature. His fluency (and physical control) when tackling certain passages in works by Liszt and Schubert, was phenomenal. Hard to imagine you'd see anything better. But don't take my word for it: (Note Oxford Arts Group showing their customary appreciation!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho9a_tbzBFQ

    April 10, 2014

  • Mark B

    A wonderful surprise. Great concert venue and an amazing pianist. The selected programme giving full range to his impressive skill, and some wonderful pieces. Good mid-week event. (Despite internet research none the wiser on 'the structural method'!!

    April 10, 2014

  • christine k.

    sorry you didn't make it, Michelle. There will be others, I'm sure,thanks to Neil pointing them out. It was lovely

    1 · April 10, 2014

  • Michelle

    I was gutted I didn't get there as this would have been my very first piano concert. I was drawing cash out of the machine for the bus as it so very rudely drive by :-(. There would have even no way of making it in time for the start. Even with my trusty little map of how to get there. Hope you all enjoyed it. I can imagine it was lovely. Yes, thank you Niel for posting it. I for one would never have known about it.

    April 10, 2014

  • Louise

    I should have said thank you Neil for organising this event. Louise

    April 9, 2014

    • Neil

      Thanks Louise, but I merely passed on the details (and apologies to all for forgetting my own meetup time!)

      April 10, 2014

  • Louise

    Perfect. Tamas Erdi is quite marvellous. I really enjoyed the concert.

    April 9, 2014

  • Michelle

    I missed the bus :-(

    April 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very disappointed, but unable to make it after all. very interested in any future such event.

    April 9, 2014

  • Michelle

    Hello hello hello. Is this place easy to find?

    April 9, 2014

    • Neil

      Yup, just go to the end of Linton Road and it's right in front of you :)

      April 9, 2014

  • christine k.

    linton Rd, off Banbury Rd, on right going from Oxford. I think that's it.

    1 · April 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds good, but I finish work at 7pm so getting there on time would be impossible!

    April 3, 2014

    • Neil

      If you're in the centre of town, perhaps it is possible?

      April 9, 2014

  • Neil

    Just spoken to organiser at Wolfson College. There is parking available at the college and if we assemble in the foyer of the new academic wing, a 'large white building', which includes the new Leonard Wolfson Auditorium, we'll find she's put some seats out for us.

    April 9, 2014

  • laura b.

    Love to make it but have something crept up:(

    April 1, 2014

  • christine k.

    Yes, I hope to go - parking is not a problem here usually, and there is the road too

    1 · April 1, 2014

  • Louise

    I am looking forward to this Concert. Perfect location.

    1 · April 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do we need to buy the tickets in advance?

    March 25, 2014

    • Neil

      'Available on the door' the poster says - but you could always phone Wolfson College and enquire! :)

      March 25, 2014

  • Shuk

    Hi Neil, can you please confirm if this is on Tues 8th or Wed 9th please. Thanks Shuk

    March 25, 2014

    • Neil

      Everything points to the 9th being the correct date, Shuk, including the poster, although I understand he's playing another show around the same time, if that's where the confusion lies?

      March 25, 2014

  • Peter L.

    sounds good but I am in Portugal then

    March 25, 2014

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