We are delighted to announce that the Görög Sisters piano duo is one of the proud finalists of the second Suzana Szörenyi International Duo Competition. The competition was held in Bucharest (Romania) between October 21-30, 2017. In the category for two pianos, which the piano duo participated in, there were 18 duos from all over the world. The jury of the competition ranked Görög Sisters among the top 5 duos.
The Görög Sisters are sincerely grateful to professor Ninoslav Živković for all of his invaluable professional support over the years, his boundless energy, the infinite time and patience. Also, the Sisters owe a great ‘thank you’ to professor Gabriella Láng from Budapest and professor Aquiles Delle Vigne from Belgium also for their support.
About Suzana Szörenyi
Between the two partners of a duo, it is impossible for life not to exist, because in a duo, the partners are equal in importance. A competition is the desire of the two artists to always make real art – Suzana Szörenyi
Born in Bucharest, on the 23rd of October 1929, she left for Budapest during her early childhood, where she attended elementary school and high school in Hungarian. She studied the piano and became a member of the children’s ballet company in Hungary’s capital Opera. Because the pogrom against the Jewsin Hungary had already begun, she returned to her native country after she climbed the stairs of Budapest’s Gestapo alone to request her repatriation papers.
Arriving in Bucharest, she joined the newly founded Conservatory. Here, she studied the piano with the eminent Duși Mura, piano accompaniment with Dagobert Buchholz – renowned pianist and teacher, musical forms with the composer Tudor Ciortea. In parallel, she completed her high school studies in Romanian.
She started her teaching career at professor Dagobert Buchholz’s Lied class, a which she took on in 1963. Later, going throughall the stages of a teaching career, she led the Department of Accompaniment for pianists, until 2010, when she withdrew from the professional activities.
It is difficult to say how many generations of students she taught, inspired, influenced and her disciples are now leaders of the artistic and pedagogical arena in Romania and abroad.
Throughout her life, the pianist Suzana Szörenyi also had an intense artistic activity. She made her debut in 1946, giving a recital on the Romanian Athenaeum stage. Her first international success was the diploma she obtained at the 1951 International Youth and Students Festival in Berlin. Since then, she carried on her artistic career both as soloist, in concerts and recitals, and as accompanist for most valuable Romanian and foreign singers and instrumentalists. Among them are Magda Ianculescu, Dan Iordăchescu, Ladislau Konya, Pompei Hărăşteanu, Octav Enigărescu, Martha Kessler, Teodora Lucaciu, Vladimir Orlov, Irina Arhipova, Andrzej Hiolsky, Heinrich Schiff, Hilda Jerea, Cornelia Bronzetti and many, many others.
Her performances abroadare also worth mentioning: she played in France, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Russia, Bulgaria etc., either at international competitions as a piano accompanist or as a soloist. She had numerous appearances in the programs of the National Romanian Radio and Television.
Suzana Szörenyi’s name appears on the cover of five Elect record records with piano works, two records covering lied repertoire, as Emilia Petrescu’s and Martha Kessler’s accompanist, and a CD produced in Japan, with Dinu Lipatti’s Romanian Dances, having Hilda Jerea as partner. The recording of Enescu’s integral creation for piano four hands, in the company of Corneliu Rădulescu, must also be mentioned.