Marta Sebestyen, singer, UNESCO Artist for Peace and Anzsela Toseva, pianist performed Bela Bartok’s compositions in the Hungarian Institute (Sofia) on 10 October, 2012.
Doncsev Toso, the director of the Hungarian Institute said that the idea of the concert had been inspired by the collection of Gabor Kovacs on the 20th century’s Hungarian modernist paintings exhibited in the Bulgarian National Gallery. (Tesova won the Liszt-Bartok International PIano Competition in Budapest in 1989.) The exhibition hosts masterpieces from well-known artists such as Tivadar Csontvary-Koszta, Istvan Csok, and Jozsef Egry.
Marta Sebestyen had another concert on 11 October, performing Romanian, Bulgarian, and Hungarian folk songs together with Nikolaj Ivanov, etho jazz musician.
Based on MTI source
Marta Sebestyen has indeed connected us to heavenly creatures, as she had previously suggested by the altered words of Csokonai’s poem as the title of her concert. On 6th October, 2012 we have really got as close to heaven as possible. With simple elegance, pure directness, and radiant attitude, Marta managed to capture our innermost feelings, also expressing her affection for county Vas (where her grandparents lived). With her excellent guest artists, Judit Andrejszki and Hera Caius, the most acknowledged Hungarian singer performed an unforgetable old music programme on the national mourning day. The concert was a road – and the extra was an honest blessing: God bless us all.
The extract is based on Timea Merklin’s article on vasnepe.hu
Marta Sebestyen, UNESCO Artist for Peace has received Lanchid award together with Andras Oplatka, writer and Norbert Kroo, physicist. This award is a high-ranking acknowledgement for those considerably contributing to the international relations of Hungary. Janos Martonyi, Minister of Foreign Affairs has handed over the awards (picture). As he stressed in his speech, Hungary very much needs those who are able to represent this country in the world as the ambassadors of art and science.