Károly Binder & Istvan Bertók (HUN)
Born in 1958, pianist, organist and composer Károly Binder is a versatile musician, who has applied his talent for new trends, different cultures, different composing techniques and the synthesis of improvising systems, without forgetting his own cultural roots. Binder has composed 318 chamber and piano pieces, 43 pieces for films, plays and radio theatres, and has released 67 LPs and CDs, most of them his own compositions. He has performed around 2000 concerts in Hungary and abroad. During his carreer he has played in different formations and with numerous artists from the Hungarian music scene, as well as performed with many renowned international jazz musicians. His artistic career has been rewarded several times. Currently he is professor and Head of Department of the Jazz Faculty at the Liszt Ferenc Music Academy in Budapest. According to his view on music: “Music is a whole, there are no pieces. It is a real mission, which can be achieved only with real faith. It is a real issue, which issue can and must only be pursued as a whole, as a total. It contains concerts, composition, and, furthermore, the passing of experience and knowledge on, in other words, teaching as a whole.”
Born in 1985 in Dunajska Streda, Slovakia, István Bertók decided to pursue a musician career as a pianist already at the age of 4. His most important places of study include the Richter János Music Vocational Secondary School in Győr from 2001 to 2005, and the university classes in Jazz Piano at the Liszt Academy in Budapest from 2009 to 2012. István is a very versatile musician, performing in numerous musical styles: folk, classical and jazz. He plays with two ensembles, Black&White and Arte Diversa. All the songs from the Arte Diversa music repertoire are composed and arranged by Istvan. As a solo artist, he has performed in numerous European cities since 1999. He has received various awards such as the 1st prize of the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in 2003 and the Special Prize of Duna TV in the same year. In 2014 he was honoured with the prize Harmónia for Hungarian musicians in Slovakia, entitled ‘Best Soloist in World Music and Jazz’. In 2018 he was awarded the Memorial Plate of the Mayor of Dunajská Streda in recognition of his outstanding work in the field of music.