5 P.M., TUESDAY, 16 JUNE
OUR GUEST NAGYVÁRAD / ORADEA
PARTICIPANTS OF THE ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION ZOLTÁN BALÁZS visual artist, IRÉNE KÁNYÁDI art historian, ZSOLT LÁSZLÓFFY composer and GUSZTÁV ÜTÕ artist
ZSOLT LÁSZLÓFFY’s evening
His music, being up to date, relies on contemporary tendencies but itmay not be listed under either of them. His compositions structured rigorously have the taste of philosophical poetry – however being philosophical is a not euphemistic term for being dry. Zsolt Lászlóffy orchestrates his compositions based on atmospheres, the colorful world of hismusic is attractive. Voices of the past two decades also infiltrate Lászlóffy’s compositions: Assonances (Asszonáncok, 1995) for two pianos reflect the influence of minimal art,Concerto angelico (1994) having a peculiar set of instruments at work – two doublebass or two cellos and a piano – invite the composer to the postmodernworld by concrete quotes and by stylistic citations.TrioSonata for theMemory of Johann Sebastian Bach, composed a year later is similar to this previous composition in a way but also different – it is composed for the baroque ensemble of flute, chemballo and gamba, basing on thema play of dissonance in the neoclassical style to play tribute to the age or if we like, to provide a caricature of the act of tribute. The vocalmusic by Zsolt Lászlóffy is also worthy of our attention. The poemby his uncle (Tibetean Cantata) inspired one of Zsolt Lászlóffy’s most visioned work entitled In memoriam Kõrösi Csoma Sándor (1992), a cantata. Its voices, but its string quartet accompaniment is built up in a simple, puritan way, it is still very impressive and effective. Just as the composer himself, Zsolt Lászlóffy works: withdrawn, modest however still impressive.” Hollós Máté, 2000
ZSOLT LÁSZLÓFFY graduated as a composer in 1996 and as conductor in 2000 at the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy at Cluj-Napoca. Between 1990 and 2003 he has attendedmaster courses several times in Austria (WienerMusikseminar), in Germany (Stockhausen-Kurse), in France (Centre Acanthes), in Italy (Cantiere di Musica Attuale) and in Hungary (Bartók-seminar, Szombathely). In 2008 he received his PhD at the Budapest Liszt Academy in music composition. From2006 he has been director of the Philharmony Choir at Oradea. He is assistant professor at theMusic Department, Partium Christian University and member of the Founders’ Council. Contemporary music has a special place in his repertoire: he is noted for the first performances of several contemporary pieces, like The String Concerto by Miklós Szalay, and The Uncompleted Conjugation – a chamber opera – by Attila Démény (the recording of the latter has been released by the Publishing Company Hungaroton Classic), as well as the Romanian debut of Béla Bartók’s Kossuth Symphony. Besides the Transilvanian cities he conducted concerts in Hungary and Austria, he participated in the Budapest Autumn Festival, and the Arts Festival of Balatonfüred. His choral pieces have been awarded at competitions of composing in Bucharest, Zilah, Nagyvárad / Oradea (Ro).