The great Hungarian pianist was on tour in the US and Canada between February 7th and 18th, with concerts and master-classes in St.Paul (The Frederic Chopin Society), Vancouver (Vancouver Chopin Society), Philadelphia (Philadelphia Chamber Music Society), Strathmore (Music in the Mansion), Washington D.C. (Phillips Collection), New York (Carnegie Hall) and New Haven (Horowitz Piano Series at Yale School of Music).
Of the seven concerts six were solo recitals featuring works by Haydn, Schumann, Janácek and Chopin, the one in Washington D.C. a trio programme with violinist Kristóf Baráti and cellist István Várdai.
In its review covering Várjon’s recital in Carnegie Hall The New York Times writes: “His interpretations of oft-programmed pieces on this occasion were elegant, passionate and always technically impressive, his compelling artistry superior to some of the starrier pianists who perform regularly on the main stage of Carnegie Hall.”
In its review entitled “Dénes Várjon Shows Discernment, Flair, and the Importance of Silence” about the recital in Philadelphia, Seen and Heard International writes about Várjon’s rendering of Schumann’s Fantasy in C Major: “It was idiomatically phrased, by turns delicate and brilliant as the music demanded, and mindful of the importance of silence—the pauses that punctuate the score were never shortchanged, but equally they were not allowed to undermine the continuity of this wonderful work.”
Várjon will return in May 2017 to the US for a solo recital in New York’s Lincoln Center.