György Cziffra


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(b Budapest, 1921; d Morsang-sur-Orge, 1994). Hung.-born pianist (French cit.). First public perf. at 5 in circus, playing improvisations. Had successful career in Hung. and Europe 1933–41. Prisoner of war and again imprisoned for political beliefs 1950–3. Won Liszt Prize 1955 (first non-composer to do so). Escaped from Hung. during 1956 uprising, settling in Fr. Virtuoso interpreter of 19th cent. repertory. Founded Concours International de Piano, Versailles, 1968, for young pianists.

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