2018

Jozef Lupták

A leader in the Slovak musical scene, Jozef Lupták is a graduate of the Performing Arts College (VŠMU) in Bratislava and the Royal Academy of Music in London . He is also a laureate and winner of national and international music competitions. His career as a soloist has brought him to play with conductors including Andrew Parrott, Jiří Bělohlávek, Leoš Svárovský, Daniel Gazon, Domonkos Héja, Andrew Mogrelia. He regularly plays with chamber music partners as Nora Škutá, Igor Karško, and Ronald Šebesta, as well as with Robert Cohen, Vladimir Mendelsson , Beny Schmid, Rena Sharon, Peter Mikuláš, Mark Gothoni. He often cooperated with the legendary Slovak rock pianist/composer and improvizer Marián Varga. His other particular interests include music of the Jewish and Roma peoples. In 2011 he premiered in Levoca, together with an ensemble led by the English pianist and composer Mark Latimer, music by Norbert Bodnar, Marco Berlinguer and Latimer himself. Jozef is founder and artistic director of the successful international festival of the chamber music festival Konvergencie (Convergence). From its first year in 2000 the festival was received enthusiastically in musical as well as general public reviews, and is marked by its very special quality and atmosphere.