The packed auditorium was proof positive that Hungarian audiences were ready for a young performer capable of heralding a new age in Hungarian organ music. The 8 March concert was talked about in the Academy of Music for years and large numbers of people had to be turned away for lack of space. At this concert at the Palace of Arts, the same programme will be repeated, reflecting János Pálúr's continuing objective to simply demonstrate that, despite the region's lack of historical traditions, western European standards of organ music could indeed by achieved in Hungary. And he went further, proving that a Hungarian performer could earn a place among the world elite. By 1991, Pálúr already had two first prizes under his belt, but his efforts were finally truly rewarded in 1997, when he won the Grand Prix de Paris. This was the first time a Hungarian organist had landed the coveted prize in France's top international organ competition. Since then, János Pálúr has taught as the head of the organ faculty at the Budapest Academy, where he works closely with colleagues István Ruppert and László Fassang to provide the best possible teaching environment for the latest generation of organists.
10 March 2011, 7.30 pm - Palace of Arts (Művészetek Palotája), Béla Bartók National Concert Hall