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Jozef Lupták / Krysztian Gergye

jlOne of the most prominent figures in the Slovak musical scene, as both musician and concert organiser, 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 etc. He regularly plays with chamber music partners as Nora Škutá, Igor Karško, Ronald Šebesta, as well as with Robert Cohen, Vladimir Mendelsson , Beny Schmid, Rena Sharon, Peter Mikuláš, Mark Gothoni, etc. He often cooperates with  the legendary Slovak rock pianist/composer and improvizer Marián Varga, American singer Julee Glaub and singer and producer Jeff Johnson as well as Irish flutist Brian Dunning. 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 a very special quality and atmosphere

Jozef has been associated with the Levoca Festival since its earliest years. He returns to give a unique recital with the dancer Krysztian Gergye.

Krisztian Gergye  began his artistic activity exploring traditional Javanese dance at the age of eighteen. He spent a year in Java (1998) on a Darma- Sisswa scholarship and studied the art of ancient Indonesian dance. He has developed choreographies of his own since 2001. They were initially project-like, but later involved permanent co-artists and members of Gergye’s own company. Today he is one of the most original and versatile figures of the Hungarian dance scene: director, choreographer, dancer and actor. His regular partner in co-production has been the contemporary opera singer, Agens, since 1999. Between 1999 and 2002 he worked in close co-operation with Attila Csabai’s ensemble, KompMania, as a dancer and between 2002 and 2004 he collaborated with the pal Frenak Com pany. After 2006, some of his works have been co-produced by the Central European Dance Theatre. During the 2007/08 season, he was a member of the Barka Theatre’s company, where he contributed both as choreographer and actor. He has been a member of the National Theatre’s company since September 2008. His compositions have been honoured by numerous festival awards, and he was named Best Artist of the Year in 2008.