András Virágh

viragh.andras@chello.hu

"LITTLE GRANDCHILD" OF LISZT, THE FIRST-CLASS ORGANIST

 

 

András Virágh commenced his musical studies at Béla Bartók Conservatoire in Budapest. He graduated from Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, where his teachers included Endre Virágh and Ferenc Gergely, as an organist and organ teacher in 1983.

At the Second International Ferenc Liszt Organ Competition in 1983, he has awarded the special prize of the Cziffra Foundation for the most outstanding interpretation of works by Ferenc Liszt. In 1985, he studied at the Royal Conservatoire in Liege, Belgium, on scholarship for six month. At the 100th anniversary of the death of Ferenc Liszt in 1986, he performed all the Master's organ works; in 1990, he played all the major organ works by Cesar Franck, in honour of the great French composer.

András Virágh gives regular performances both in Hungary and abroad. His repertoire includes organ works by Bach, Franck, Liszt, Reger, Mendelssohn and Brahms as well as contemporary Hungarian and French organ works.

András Virágh is conductor, music director and organist at the City Parish Church in Budapest, and choirmaster of the Kapisztrán Choir of Országúti Franciscan Church. He has regular performances at

St. Stephen's Catedral in Budapest, and is the regular organist of the National Philharmonic Orchestra. He teaches the organ at the Church Music Department of Dániel Berzsenyi College in Szombathely, where he is assistant professor.

András Virágh has given guest performances in Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Denmark, France, Bulgaria and Slovakia.

In 2001 from the Hungarian State he won the Ferenc Liszt Prize and from the City Budapest the Pro Civibus Prize.

András Virágh plays the organ solo on CD's (select picture on the left).