in Budapest, Hungary, Ms. Kiss completed her studies at the Franz Liszt
Academy in Budapest, and the Juilliard School in New York, where she
was awarded the coveted Gina Bachauer prize. She received first prize
at Barcelona's Maria Canals International Piano Competition, first prize
at Cincinnati's International American Music Competition and two dozen
additional prizes at international competitions on three continents
including the Athens, Dino Ciani, Van Cliburn, Gina Bachauer and the
Liszt - Bartok.
Ms. Kiss has been a guest artist on several radio stations, among them
WQXR's "Listening Room" with Robert Sherman, WNCN and WNYC.
She has also made television appearances on WNET Channel 13, Channel
50 and Cable Vision.
LISZT CYCLE at Carnegie Hall
acclaimed as an artist of world class stature, Christina Kiss is recognized
as one of the foremost Liszt interpreters of our time. In 1990 Ms. Kiss
introduced the Liszt Cycle World Premiere at Carnegie
Hall's Weill Recital Hall,where she has received rave reviews from the
New York Times and the New York Post.
the following fifteen years Ms. Kiss has played her "Cycle"
exclusively at the Weill Recital Hall, culminating into more than 30
performances. The last three seasons she was invited to continue her Liszt Cycle at the Consulate General of the Republic of
Hungary in New York City. To the present time Christina Kiss has performed
over 550 works by Franz Liszt.
Christina has already played more Liszt works in concert than any other
pianist, thus making her series one of the truly important and historic
piano cycles of all time. Her remarkable project includes performing
all of Franz Liszt's original works, transcriptions, paraphrases and
orchestral works live in concert. Ms. Kiss is scheduled to finish her
monumental Liszt Cycle around 2015. Christina Kiss has
performed numerous times at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center's Alice
Tully Hall, the United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Concert tours have
taken her to Italy, Spain, Greece, Austria, Belgium, Israel and the
United States. She is a frequent soloist with the world's leading orchestras,
including the Barcelona, Cincinnati and Budapest Philharmonic.
Kiss has resumed her historic Liszt Cycle Oct. 23, 2004, after a
brief respite, with a dazzling stage perfomance that left the audience
spellbound. Performing a demanding program of several Liszt Transcriptions
and other lesser known works her renditions of Réminiscences
des Puritains (Bellini), Polonaise aus Tchaikovsky's Opera "Onegin" brought cheers of "Bravo!" resounding throughout the hall.
To the crowds surprise Liszt's God Save The Queen-Concert Paraphrase struck a chord close to home, for the melody is none other than that
used to carry the lyrics of America's,"...sweet land of Liberty,"
which some spectators enthusiastically sang as Ms. Kiss performed. Upon
performing Liszt's Illustrations from Meyerbeer's Opera L'africaine Christina's finger began to bleed, yet she not only finished the lengthy
piece undaunted but then miraculously gave not one, but two, Chopin
encores! A spectacular display of monumental talent coupled with a passion
and determination rarely experienced... and all the more rewarding for
those fortunate enough to attend. BRAVO CHRISTINA! - Rich DiSilvio