Katalin Csillagh concert pianist has been teaching as a vocal coach at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, Hungary since 2013. Currently she is working on her PhD as a visiting scholar at Tufts University, Boston, researching vocal compositions by contemporary American woman composers.
In 2001 she was awarded a two-year scholarship to the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. In the same year she also received a scholarship from the Pro Renovanda Cultura Hungariae Foundation. She graduated from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music with top honours in 2005. She completed her post-graduate studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg in 2008.
She attended the master classes of several great musicians, such as Leon Fleisher, Boris Berezowski, Imre Rohmann, Jenő Jandó, Oleg Maisenberg, Alberto Portugheis, László Baranyay and Ferenc Rados, and took part in the improvisation and composition course of Messiaen’s pupil Emmy Henz-Diémand.
She has had concerts in Vienna, London, Toronto, Buenos Aires, New York, Salzburg, Munich, Bayreuth and Nice as well as at several European festivals. In 2010 she played Piazzolla for 2 pianos with Martha Argerich in London at the “Argentina 200” Festival.
Her talent has been acknowledged at international competitions, winning first prize at the piano competition of the European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA) in London and at the chamber music competition of the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe, also in London. She was awarded the Kadosa Prize at the National Piano Competition.
In 2007 she had the honour to represent Hungary at the Hungarian Cultural Centre in London under the aegis of the Kodály Jubilee Year.
Her recordings have been broadcast by the Hungarian Radio and Television. Her solo CD Sonatas (SW 2000) and her chamber music CD Shades of Bach with János Vázsonyi (BMC, 2001) have scored great success in several countries. Her CD including Chopin’s 24 Preludes and Improvisations was released in 2008. Her CD with flutist Noémi Győri was released in 2016 by Hungaroton record label.