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Eva Polgar

M.M. Piano Performance and Pedagogy; Liszt Academy

Piano Instructor - Teaching Artist

World-class Hungarian pianist, Éva Polgár started her piano studies at the age of seven. In 2001, she was admitted to the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where her teacher was Hamsa Al-Wadi Juris. Éva finished her studies in Helsinki in 2008, and at her diploma concert was honoured to play Beethoven’s 3rd concerto with an orchestra conducted by the famous Finnish conductor, Okko Kamu.

From 2002, Éva also studied at Budapest’s Franz Liszt University of Music under the expert guidance of Jenő Jandó. Éva graduated with honours from Franz Liszt University with a Masters degree in 2007. At this time she is working on her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of North Texas. At both universities, Ms.Polgar gained large pedagogical experience under the guidance of highly respected music educators. She has been working as a piano teacher since 2001, and based her teaching strategy on the famous Kodály Method. After mastering this effective technique of piano education, Ms.Polgar started teaching at one of the most prominent music schools in Budapest, Hungary. There, she has became convinced that the first steps in piano playing are essential for children’s future musical grow.

Besides her academic studies she has attended master classes with such distinguished professors and artists like Yoheved Kaplinsky, Robert McDonald, José Feghali, John Owings, Armen Babakhanian, Lilya Zilberstein, Tamás Ungár (Piano Texas, 2010), Piotr Paleczny, Jan Gottlieb Jiracek, Yakov Kashman (Piano Texas, 2006) and Noel Flores, Matti Raekallio, Olli Mustonen, Erik T.Tawaststjerna, László Baranyay, Gergely Bogányi, Lívia Rév, Ferenc Rados, Imre Rohmann,Orsolya Szabó, Balázs Szokolay, Sándor Falvai, Attila Némethy.

Successful piano competitions show Éva’s artistic qualities. Her most prominent prize to date is the Béla Bartók prize (“ISA” Summer Academy, Reichenau, Austria, 2006). Ms. Polgár is active as a concert pianist and chamber musician. She has performed concerts in Hungary, Austria, Finland, France, Italy and the United States.

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Eva Polgar