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Christina Born 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.

The LISZT CYCLE at Carnegie Hall

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Internationally 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.

Over 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.


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Christina 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


Christina's Liszt CDs



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