A memorial concert was organized to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the events of 9/11 and celebrate the courage of the U. S. Firefighters on Sunday, September 11, 2011 at the Embassy of Hungary.
H. E. György Szapáry, Ambassador of the Republic of Hungary to Washington, DC
H. E. Nancy Goodman Brinker, Former Ambassador of the United States of America to Budapest, Hungary
H. E. Congressman Don Manzullo
Thomas O. Melia, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State of the Department of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
Gift Presentation Ceremony:
Hungarian guitar maker János Tibor Soltész presented his special hand-made 9/11 memorial electric guitar to Matthew P. Herbert, Battalion Chief of the Arlington County Fire Department
Memorial Piano Concert:
Péter Tóth, winner of the 2010 Los Angeles International Ferenc Liszt Piano Competition played an all-Liszt piano concert:
1. Nuages Gris (Grey Clouds), 1881
2. Unstern (Evil Star), 1885
3. La lugubre gondola (Funeral Gondola), 1883
4. Funerailles (Funeral), 1849
About the artist: Péter Tóth was born on August 25, 1983 in Békéscsaba, Hungary. He first studied music at the Béla Bartók School of Music in his hometown (1995-1997) under the guidance of József Attila Csontos. He continued his musical studies at the Ferenc Liszt University of Music in Budapest obtaining his Master of Music diploma under the guidance of György Nádor (1997-2008). He has been in the Artist Program of the Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX since 2009. He has recorded the “Late Piano Works” of Ferenc Liszt in 2005 with Stockfisch Records in Northeim, Germany.
His prizes and awards include the Grand Prize of the 2010 Ferenc Liszt International Piano and Voice Competition in Los Angeles, CA, the 2007 Prima Award of Békés County in Békéscsaba, Hungary, the 2006 Grand Prix International Liszt du Disque Award, the first place of the 2001 Ferenc Liszt International Piano Competition in Budapest, Hungary, the first place of the 2000 Franz Liszt International Piano Competition in Weimar, Germany, the first place of the 1999 International Piano Competition “Florestano Rossomandi” in Bovino, Italy, the 1998 Sari Biro Memory Award for the Best Young Performer of the Year in Hungary, and the first place of the 1997 International Piano Competition in Wittenberg, Germany. He is a member of the American Liszt Society. His last performance at the Embassy of Hungary took place on Monday, May 9, 2011.
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