A Well-Received Singapore Piano Concert of Works by Many Composers

A well-known pianist who has performed in venues around the globe, Tunde Krasznai trained in Budapest and at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Tunde Krasznai currently teaches piano at her own school in Singapore and continues to play concerts internationally. She was interviewed about her music at the Raffles Hotel Singapore on the occasion of winning the Singapore National Critics Choice Award in 2012.

In the interview, she spoke of a busy touring schedule but said she was delighted to have the opportunity to play regularly in Singapore at Raffles on a Steinway grand piano. She also enjoyed the chance to perform at other concert venues in Singapore.

Shortly before, Ms. Krasznai had given a solo concert outdoors in the Singapore Botanic Gardens that was arranged by the Polish, Romanian, and Hungarian embassies. Having performed at a Chopin anniversary event in 2010, Ms. Krasznai welcomed requests by the Polish embassy to play works by Frederic Chopin. In addition to the Chopin, she was able to integrate works by the Hungarian composers Franz Liszt and Béla Bartók, as well as a piece by the Romanian composer George Enescu. 

As she described it, Chopin and Liszt were close associates, so in the first half of the concert she explored their friendship in sound. The second half gave Ms. Krasznai the chance to explore the 20th-century friendship between Bartok and Enescu through complementary musical pieces.