PETER TOTH

 MG 0052Unlike most concert pianists who begin their studies at an early age, Peter Toth, having no piano in his home, first touched one at a neighbor's house when he was eleven, in 1994.  It was love at first sight, and he was soon enrolled in a music school in his hometown of Bekescsaba.

After two years of formal piano studies, Toth won first prize in 1997 in an international piano competition for young pianists in Wittenberg, Germany.  His teacher, Jozsef Csontos, encouraged him to apply for admission to the Franz Liszt Academy's Preparatory Class for Exceptionally Gifted Children, which accepted him, and, after one year, in 1998, he was chosen for the Sari Biro Memorial Award.  Toth studied at the  Liszt Academy (later University) for five years with Gyorgy Nador, Laszlo Bihary, and Balazs Reti.

Toth won the Florestano Rossomandi International Piano Competition in Bovino, Italy, in 1999 and the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition in Weimar, Germany in 2000, after which he made a highly praised debut at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw resulting in frequent re-engagements in the Netherlands.

In 2001, he was invited to play at the annual Piano Festival Tiszadob, together with Zoltan Kocsis and Dezso Ranki, and later that year, he won the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition in Budapest.  In 2002, he was sponsored by the GlaxoSmithKline organization on a concert tour throughout Hungary.

For the next four years, Toth also performed in Austria; Russia (at Moscow's Tchaikovsky Conservatory); France; Holland; Germany; Switzerland; South Korea; and throughout Japan, rapidly  becoming known as one of the most significant Liszt interpreters of his generation.

Toth made his first CD recording in 2005, an all-Liszt program released by Stockfisch Records, and in 2006 his recording of the "Liszt Late Piano Works" won the Grand Prix International Liszt du Disque award of the Budapest Liszt Society.  In March 2007, Toth was invited by the American Liszt Society to give a solo recital in San Francisco. 

After his graduation recital in 2008, featuring works by Mozart, Schubert, and the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2 in the Liszt University's Large Hall, he was awarded his Master of Music degree.

In 2009,Toth received a full scholarship to Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas to work with Dr. Tamas Ungar.  While studying there he was able to return frequently to Europe to give concerts and visit his family in Bekescsaba, as well as to perform in California and in Lima, Peru.

In November 2010, Toth won top honors in two categories of the Franz Liszt International Piano and Voice Competition in Los Angeles, as well as the Grand Prize.

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