Biography of Géza Anda (1921-1976)

Swiss citizen Hungarian pianist. He/She was born in Budapest on November 19, 1921 and died in Zurich on June 14, 1976. He/She studied at the Conservatory of Budapest and get the Ferenc Liszt Prize of the same. In 1941, he/she made his debut in Berlin as a soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Wilhelm Fürtwangler. In 1942, the risks that the nazi regime ocasioanba lead him to take refuge in Switzerland, where Clara Haskil, which supports it and recorded pieces for piano four-hands with it will know. With Haskil, then misunderstood genius who had taken refuge in Switzerland both the war and the misunderstanding of the Parisian art world, studying Mozart interpretation, in which will become Anda consummate interpreter. Since then, Anda settles in Switzerland, country from which obtained citizenship in 1955. Since 1959, and until 1968, he/she teaches at the Conservatory in Lucerne and from 1969 until his death of Zurich.

Prominent, as indicated, in the interpretation of the Mozart piano concertos, is especially remembered its integral version recorded at the front of the Chamber Orchestra of the Mozarteum in Salzburg, which led, as did Mozart himself in his time, from the piano, located in front of the Orchestra. Other recordings of Anda reference are the Concerto for piano and Orchestra by Béla Bartók, led by Ferenc Fricsay, and the Schumann and Grieg concerts under the baton of Kubelik.