Miklós Perényi is recognized as one of the great cellists of his
generation, with a distinctive, subtly nuanced sound matched by extraordinary
Born in Hungary, he began cello lessons at the age of five with Miklós
Zsámboki, a student of David Popper. At the age of nine, he gave his first
concert in Budapest and went on to study between 1960 and 1964 with Enrico
Mainardi in Rome and, in Budapest, with Ede Banda. In 1963 he became a
prizewinner at the International Pablo Casals Cello Competition in Budapest.
Casals invited him to his master classes in Puerto Rico in 1965 and 1966, and he
went on to become a frequent visitor to the Marlboro Festival.
In 1974, Miklós Perényi joined the faculty at the Franz Liszt Academy
in Budapest, where he has held a professorship since 1980. He was honoured with
the Kossuth-Prize in 1980 and the Bartók-Pásztory-Prize in 1987.
Perényi has appeared in the world’s major musical centres, performing
regularly around Europe, in Japan and China and in North and South America. His
festival engagements have included Edinburgh, Lucerne, Prague, Salzburg, Vienna,
Hohenems, Warsaw, Berlin, Kronberg, and the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades in
France. With a repertoire ranging from the 17th century to the present, he appears as a soloist with
orchestra, in solo and duo recitals and in chamber ensembles. Beyond performing
and teaching, he also devotes his energies to composition of works for solo
cello and for instrumental ensembles of various sizes.
Among his closest colleagues is the pianist András Schiff, with whom he
has appeared at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, the Edinburgh Festival and the
Ruhr Festival. Recently, the duo played at Cologne’s Philharmonie, the
Schwetzingen Festival, London’s Wigmore Hall and the 92nd Street in New York.
Highlights of the 2012/2013 season include
orchestra and chamber concerts in Japan, England, France, Norway, Switzerland,
Austria, Italy, Poland and the Czech Republic. In Spring 2013, Perenyi appeared
with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle in performances of
Lutoslawski’s Cello Concerto in Berlin, Essen and Paris. A highlight of the
2013/14 season is going to be his tour with the Israel Philharmonic conducted by
Miklós Perényi’s numerous recordings include releases for Hungaroton, EMI-Quint, Sony Classical, Decca, col legno, Teldec, Erato and Wigmore Hall’s own label. Perenyi’s ECM release of Beethoven’s complete works for cello and piano, with Andras Schiff, won the Cannes Classical Award 2005; his latest recording with ECM, of solo works by Britten, Bach and Ligeti, was released in early 2012 to critical acclaim. Miklos Perenyi’s upcoming CD, featuring the Schubert Quintet with the Kuss Quartet, will be released in September 2013 under the Onyx Classics label.
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