Miklós Perényi


"You need to implement immediately the ideas you have inside. Don't think about how to place your fingers, then it won't work. It has to come automatically, so to speak. You have to watch what I'm doing, but you can't stop."
Miklós Perényi, Fono Forum, January 2018
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Miklós Perényi is recognized as one of the great cellists of his generation, with a distinctive, subtly nuanced sound matched by extraordinary musicality.
Born in Hungary, he began cello lessons at the age of five with Miklós Zsámboki, a student of David Popper. At the age of nine, he gave his first concert in Budapest and studied between 1960 and 1964 with Enrico Mainardi in Rome and with Ede Banda in Budapest. In 1963 he became a prizewinner at the International Pablo Casals Cello Competition in Budapest. Casals invited him to his master classes in Puerto Rico in 1965 and 1966. Since then Miklós Perényi became a frequent visitor to the Marlboro Festival.
In 1974, Miklós Perényi joined the faculty at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, where he holds a professorship until today. He was honored with the Kossuth-Prize in 1980, with the Bartók-Pásztory-Prize in 1987 and with the Hungarian “Artist of the Nation" Award in 2014.

„Miklós Perényi is like a natural phenomenon - like a tree or a flower. He has a very special charisma and you can only get in touch with him if you accept him exactly as he is” Péter Eötvös - Composer (Fidelio, 11.01.2018)
Perényi has appeared in the world’s major musical centers, performing with the best orchestras around Europe, Asia and North and South America – among them a tour with the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle in 2013. His festival engagements have included Edinburgh, Lucerne, Prague, Salzburg, Vienna, Hohenems, Warsaw, Berlin, Kronberg, and the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades in France.

His repertoire ranges from the 17th century to the present. One of his closest chamber music partners is the pianist András Schiff. Beyond performing and teaching, he also devotes his energies to composition of works for solo cello and for instrumental ensembles of various sizes.

Miklós Perényi’s numerous recordings include releases for Hungaroton, EMI-Quint, Sony Classical, Decca, col legno, Teldec, Erato and Wigmore Hall’s own label. Perényi’s ECM release of Beethoven’s complete works for cello and piano, with András Schiff, won the Cannes Classical Award 2005; his latest solo recording with ECM, of works by Britten, Bach and Ligeti, was released in early 2012 to critical acclaim. Miklós Perényi’s latest chamber music CD, featuring the Schubert Quintet with the Kuss Quartet, has been released in October 2013 under the Onyx Classics label.

Exactly forty years after his first complete recording of the six Bach Suites, Miklós Perényi recorded them again for the label Hungaroton, published in October 2020.
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Reger: Suite for Solo Cello in G major Op. 131
Bach: Suite for Solo Cello No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012
Ligeti: Sonata for Solo Cello
Kurtág: Signs, Games and Messages (excerpts)
Britten: Suite for Solo Cello No. 2 in D major, Op. 80

Solo II
Programme for two concerts

Concert I

Bach: Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007
Bach: Suite for Solo Cello No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011
Bach: Suite for Solo Cello No. 4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010


and/or Concert II
Bach: Suite for Solo Cello No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
Bach: Suite for Solo Cello No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009
Bach: Suite for Solo Cello No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012

with Imre Rohmann (Piano)

Bach: Sonata for Viola da Gamba No. 1 in G major, BWV 1027
Franck: Sonata for Violoncello and Piano in A major, FWV 8
Poulenc: Sonata for Violoncello and Piano
Debussy: Sonata for Violoncello and Piano in D minor
Bartók: Rhapsody for Violoncello and Piano No. 1 Sz 88


Schubert: String Quintet, D 956
Franz Schubert
String Quintet in C major, D 956 (op. posth. 163)

Kuss Quartett

Britten - Bach - Ligeti
Benjamin Britten
Third Suite, Op. 87

Johann Sebastian Bach
Suite 5 in D major, BWV 1012

György Ligeti
Sonata (1948/53)

Wigmore Hall Live
Johann Sebastian Bach
Suite BWV 1009 for Cello Solo

Benjamin Britten
Cello Sonata, Op. 65

Johannes Brahms
Cello Sonata No. 2, Op. 99

Frédéric Chopin
Largo from Cello Sonata, Op. 65

Dénes Várjon - Piano

Bach: 6 Suites for Cello Solo
Johann Sebastian Bach
Cello Suites BWV 1007-1012

Cello Encores
Works by
Niccolo Paganini
Franz Schubert
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
David Popper
Frédéric Chopin
Enrique Granados
Gabriel Fauré
Camille Saint-Saens
Claude Debussy
Zoltán Kodaly
Carl Davidov
Sergei Rachmaninov
Nikolai Rimksy-Korsakov

Zoltán Kocsis - Piano

Beethoven: Complete Music for Piano and Violoncello
Ludwig van Beethoven
Cello Sonata No. 1, Op. 5
Cello Sonata No. 2, Op. 5
Cello Sonata No. 3, Op. 69
Cello Sonata No. 4, Op. 102
Cello Sonata No. 5, Op. 102

Andras Schiff - Piano

Kodály: Works for Cello
Zoltán Kodály
Duo for Cello & Violin, Op. 7
Romance lyrique
Capriccio for Cello
Sonata for Cello & Piano, Op. 4
Rondo "Hungarian Folk Songs"
Sonata for Cello Solo, Op. 8
Bach / Kodaly: 3 choral prelude
Prelude & Fugue

Gabor Takacs-Nagy - Violin
Denes Varjon - Piano


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