"Magic of the Magyars"

Saturday, November 18, at 7:30 pm

Above and Beyond: "Magic of the Magyars"

Rich Hungarian flavors prevail, with Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 1, Zoltán Kodaly’s Háry János Suite, and Carl Maria von Weber’s Andante e Rondo ungarese, performed by acclaimed bassoon soloist Eleni Katz. Liszt’s stirring tone poem Les préludes caps the evening.

Hailed for her virtuosity and vibrant musical spirit, bassoonist Eleni Katz has established herself as a prominent soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. Eleni is a winner of the 2022 Concert Artist Guild Competition and has performed with several of the nation’s top ensembles.
A classically trained singer from Iowa City, Katz has always believed that the bassoon should emulate the organic nature of the human voice. Eleni received her B.M. at University of Wisconsin under Marc Vallon.  While there, she won the Irving Shain Woodwind and Collaborative Piano Competition and the university’s concerto competition. She earned her Master’s degree at the Yale School of Music, studying with Frank Morelli. She was the winner of the Yale Philharmonia’s 2019 Concerto Competition, a finalist for the Eastern Connecticut Symphony’s Instrumental Competition, and recipient of the Thomas Daniel Nyfenger Prize for demonstrating “the highest standard of excellence in woodwind playing.”