Krisztina Wajsza

Pianist

Biography

Krisztina Wajsza, Pianist of Hungarian origin, was born in Cluj, Romania.
She began her piano studies at the age of 6 with Walter Metzger.



 

In 1980 the family immigrated to Switzerland. Krisztina Wajsza received her teaching and soloist diploma at the Bern Conservatory. Further studies followed with Prof. Harald Wagner in Stuttgart. 
 Between 1989-1993 she continued her studies at the Juilliard School with Joseph Kalichstein. Later she studied with Professor György Sebök at Indiana University and graduated with the Artist Diploma. In Bloomington she studied chamber music with Jànos Starker.  In 1990 she won the Mozart Competition in New York. She then made her debut at the Alice Tully Hall with the Juilliard Symphony Orchestra.


 


A lively concert activity began. She has performed with such renowned orchestras and conductors as the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Edmond de Stoutz, the Festival Strings Lucerne, Rudolf Baumgartner, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra at the Konzerthaus in Vienna and the Brucknerhaus in Linz, the Bern Symphony Orchestra, the Bern Chamber Orchestra, the Städtisches Orchester Trier, the Camerata Academica Bayreuth, the Gelsenkirchen Philharmonic, the Aarau Chamber Orchestra, the Transylvania Symphony and others. 



 

Solo piano recitals and chamber music concerts have taken her to Germany, Italy, France, England, Ireland, Holland, Austria, Hungary, Romania, USA, Chile, Mozambique and Switzerland.


 

Her chamber music partners include Hansheinz Schneeberger, Orfeo Mandozzi, bandoneonist Victor Villena, Grammy Award winner Fernando Otero, New York Philharmonic concertmaster Frank Huang, Eileen Moon, Susanne Mathé, Ada Meinich and Boris Kuschnir.


 


Fernando Otero composed a "Hommage à Debussy" for the International Piano Festival St. Ursanne 2012, which she premiered. In 2017 she commissioned the same festival to premiere Demetre Gamsakhurdias "Images of Childhood".

 



In January 2017 she performed with the New York Philharmonic Ensembles Series at the Merkin Hall in New York.  She played in the piano quartet formation with the concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic Frank Huang, the solo cellist Eileen Moon and the violist Robert Rinehart. At the end of January 2017 she gave a piano recital and a master class at the University of Tulsa and in the 2017-18 season played chamber music recitals with violinist Boris Kuschnir and cellist Orfeo Mandozzi.

 


In August 2018 she performed at the "Festival Musicale di Ticino". Next season she will perform with clarinettist Dimitri Ashkenazy, New York Philharmonic solo hornist Phil Myers and Associate Principal Cellist Eileen Moon.

 

(Photos by Lucian Hunziker)

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