In 1989 Ian Fountain became the youngest winner of the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Masters Competition in Tel Aviv at the age of nineteen. He was educated as a chorister at New College, Oxford and later at Winchester College. He studied piano under Sulamita Aronovsky at the Royal Northern College of Music. Since that time he has enjoyed a wide-ranging and varied career, performing extensively throughout Europe, the USA, the UK and the Far East, with orchestras such as the London Symphony and Sir Colin Davis, the Israel Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta, and the Czech Philharmonic and Jiri Belohlavek. He has also performed with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Singapore Symphony and Utah Symphony amongst many others. In Moscow he was invited to open the 1992/3 season of the Moscow Conservatoire and in Poland he marked the 150th anniversary of Chopin’s death by playing both Chopin concertos in Krakow. As recitalist, he has performed in major centres such as New York, Chicago, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, and Jerusalem. He is a regular guest of international festivals such as Prague Spring, Berlin, Schleswig-Holstein, Enescu (Bucharest) and Kuhmo. He has performed an extensive repertoire of over 60 concertos, including the complete cycle of Mozart concertos. As a chamber musician, he enjoys many long-standing collaborations with musicians such as David Geringas, Ulf Hoelscher, and the Mandelring and Emperor Quartets, performing in concerts and festivals throughout Europe, Japan and Korea. He has also in recent years embarked on performances as a conductor, in which role he has developed a close relationship with the Israel Chamber Orchestra. Ian Fountain has made several critically acclaimed recordings, including for EMI (20th Century Piano Sonatas), CRD (Beethoven Diabelli Variations), and for Sony and Haenssler Classics the complete works for cello and piano of Beethoven, Chopin and Mendelssohn and Rachmaninov with the cellist David Geringas. In 2008 he collaborated in the preparation of the present editions of Beethoven Sonatas and Variations for Piano and Cello published by Henle Verlag, Munich. Since 2001, Ian Fountain has been a piano professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London. He holds an annual summer masterclass at the Accademia di Cervo, Italy, and further masterclasses around the world. He has served on the juries of international piano competitions, including at the Arthur Rubinstein Competition in 2011.[gdlr_space height=”50px”]
Imre Hargitai was born in 1959 in Budapest. He is a Professor at the Franz Liszt Music Academy and Head of Piano Department at the Bartók Béla Conservatory of Music. After studying at the Bartók Consevatory he continued his studies at the Liszt Academy. His professors were István Antal, Dezső Ránki, György Kurtág, Sándor Devich and Imre Rohmann. He graduated in 1983. The same year he won the First Prize at the Leó Weiner Chamber Music Competition in Budapest. He received his DLA degree “summa cum laude” in 2007 at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest. He was a teacher and later the Head of the Piano Department at the Kodály Zoltán Secondary School of Music in Kecskemét between 1982 and 1988. He also taught at the Kodály Institute. Later he continued his teaching activities in Győr and Debrecen at the Section of the Franz Liszt Music Academy as Professor of Piano and chamber music. Until the union with the Liszt Academy he was Professor for Piano and methodology of piano-teaching at the Teacher’s Training Institute of the Liszt Music Academy in Budapest. He regularly gives concerts in Hungary and throughout Europe. His main focus now is chamber music performance. He has given concerts where he played all the Violin-Piano Sonatas, Piano Trios and Quartets of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Schumann.
Many contemporary Hungarian compositions were performed by Imre Hargitai.
He has numerous Radio and CD recordings.
Zoltán Fejérvári started his music studies at the age of eight. Between 2000 and 2005 he was student of the Béla Bartók Secondary School of Music; from 2006 to 2008 he studied with a scholarship at Madrid’s Escuela Superior de Musica where his professors were Dmitri Bashkirov and Claudio Martinez Mehner. At present he is a student of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest where he learns with András Kemenes, Dénes Várjon and Rita Wagner. During the years he has participated in several international music festivals: the Piano Festival of Tiszadob, the Encuentro de Música de Santander, the Chateauroux – Listomania, the IMS Prussia Cove. 2010 he won 2nd prize at the Manchester International Concerto Competition for Young Pianists. As a soloist he has performed with several Hungarian orchestras, like the T-Com Symphony Orchestra, the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra and the Budapest Strings.[gdlr_space height=”50px”]