A Master Class with Zoltán Kocsis

Hungarian pianist Zoltán Kocsis was one of the finest pianists of his generation. He was a true representative of the Hungarian school and a great contemporary pianist (as well as a conductor and composer). His teaching serves to evoke the major figures of the great Hungarian piano tradition, from Franz Liszt, via Béla Bartók and Ernst von Dohnányi, to György Kurtag.

Sadly, Kocsis died in November 2016 at the age of 64, but, fortunately, he has left a legacy of wonderful recordings, as well as a plethora of recorded performances, interviews, as well as this master class, which I was delighted to recently discover.

In the first link, Kocsis works on W A Mozart’s Sonata in D major K. 284 with student David Kadouch, and, in the second link, on Johannes Brahms’ Sonata No. 2 in F sharp minor Op. 2, played by Ji Liu.


Melanie Spanswick has written and published a wide range of courses, anthologies, examination syllabuses, and text books, including Play it again: PIANO (published by Schott Music). This best-selling graded, progressive piano course contains a large selection of repertoire featuring a huge array of styles and genres, with copious practice tips and suggestions for every piece.

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