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Levente Kende

Levente Kende studied at the Bartók Conservatory and at the Liszt Academy with Prof. dr. Wehner in Budapest. In 1969 he won a special prize in the Beethoven Competition of the Hungarian Radio. Three years later he won the Grand Prix of the Liszt Academy and received his final diploma as a piano virtuoso the same year.

He attended master classes with Maestro Zecchi and studied in Moscow at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Prof. dr. Mezhloemov. He obtained the Special Higher Diploma at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. In 1975 he received the Alex de Vries Prize and from 1977 to 1980 he was assistant to Maestro Carlo Zecchi during his master's courses in Salzburg and in Citta di Castello. He has performed in all Eastern European countries, in Scandinavia, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Turkey and regularly performed at various festivals. In 1994 he recorded Liszt's late piano works for his first solo CD and in december 1999 his second Liszt CD was released. In addition to his solo career, he and his wife Heidi Hendrickx form a well-known piano duo. As an accompanist of singers and chamber music ensembles, he also gives concerts and has collaborated on some sixty albums and CD recordings.

He was a mentor at the Orpheus Institute (Ghent) and guest lecturer at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels. He gave masterclasses in Salzburg, in Noth (France), in Amsterdam, in Dilbeek / Brussels and in Waco (Texas).

Subjects: chamber music, assistent piano