Budapesti Nemzetközi Gitárfesztivál

András Csáki

Budapesti Nemzetközi Gitárfesztivál

András Csáki is an outstanding guitarist of his generation. The magnetism and sensibility of his playing has enchanted audiences in many concert halls from Japan to North America. In professional journals several critics have pointed out that he always puts his impressive instrumental knowledge and technique at the service of his musical ideas (“he always chooses expression over showing off”, Kenneth Keaton, American Record Guide, 2011).

Csáki studied at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, then at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, Los Angeles. His professors were József Eötvös, Scott Tennant, William Kanengiser, and Pepe Romero. During his student years he won 30 top prizes at prestigious international competitions. Among others he was the winner of acknowledged international competitions in Tokyo (2008), Alessandria (Michele Pittaluga International Classical Guitar Competition, 2009) and Almeria (International Julian Arcas Classical Guitar Competition, 2011).

In addition to a solo career, Csáki has dedicated himself to chamber music. In 2015 he performed Pierre Boulez’s Le marteau sans maître, a famously great challenge in chamber music literature, an emblematic composition which requires musical experience and wide-ranging knowledge. Giving the first performances and disseminating guitar works by contemporary composers is a particular interest of his.

András Csáki has recorded four solo CDs. From the programme of his 2010 CD (Naxos) two works have found their way into the book of Canadian musicologist, Enrique Robichaud: Guitar’s Top 100.

András Csáki conducts regular masterclasses in a number of countries in Europe, Asia, North-America and Australia. Since 2009 he has been teaching at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music Budapest as an appointed full-time faculty member. In the same year he was awarded the Junior Prima Award in the musical arts category by the Prima Primissima Foundation. In 2010 he received The Youth of March prize. He was the first recipient of the memorial plaque of Karola Ágai and László Szendrey-Karper in 2015.

András Csáki is sponsored by the string manufacturer, D’Addario.

Budapesti Nemzetközi Gitárfesztivál