A Concert For Summer

Classical Encounters Foundation Inc

A California Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Corporation
Presents a Program Featuring

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Peter Klimo - Award-Winning Pianist

Our First Scholarship Recipient


Hungarian-American pianist Peter Klimo has been studying piano since the age of nine. A Los Angeles native, he began his piano studies with Vicharini and Rosanna Marzaroli and continued with Dr. Tyler Tom. Peter earned his Bachelor's Degree from the Eastman School of Music studying with Dr. Nelita True, his Master's Degree from the Yale School of Music studying with Peter Frankl, and an Artist Diploma from Texas Christian University with Dr. Tamás Ungár.

In November 2014, Peter won 2nd prize in the 10th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht. During the finals, he performed Liszt's Concerto No.1 in E flat major with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestraunder the baton of James Gaffigan. As a prizewinner of the Liszt Competition, he has embarked on an extensive concert tour, taking him all over the world. As early as the morning after the finals in Utrecht's TivoliVredenburg, he performed in a packed Spiegelzaal in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, broadcast live on NPO Radio 4.

Highlights from 2016 include concerto performances in Seoul, South Korea with Hee-chuhn Choi and the KBS Symphony Orchestra; Los Angeles, California with John Roscigno and the 52nd American Liszt Society Festival Orchestra; Columbus, Georgia with George del Gobbo and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra; and in Budapest, Hungary with Ménesi Gergely and the Liszt Academy Symphony Orchestra.

Also a passionate chamber musician, Peter recently toured with the Belenus Quartet in Austria and Holland in 2016. Throughout 2013, he performed Bartók's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., at Sprague Hall at the Yale School of Music with all members playing from memory, as well as at the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival. He most recently performed the work throughout Holland in 2016 with winners of the International Tromp Percussion Competition. As a lover of art song, he attended the Vancouver International Song Institute in June 2013, won the 2nd place pianist's prize at the Jessie Kniesel Lieder Competition in 2012, and frequently performs song transcriptions in solo recitals. Peter also served as a faculty member for the 2013 inaugural year of the DBS Summer Music Festival in Hong Kong.

Peter is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Performance and Literature at the Eastman School of Music with Dr. Nelita True.



Jean Sibelius - from 13 Pieces, Op. 76

II. Etude
IX. Arabesque
X. Elegiaco
XI. Linnaea
XII. Capriccietto
XIII. Harlequinade

Béla Bártok - Three Burlesques

I. Quarrel
II. A little drunk
III. Molto vivo, capriccioso

Franz Liszt - Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude


Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Sonata no. 24 in F-sharp major, Op. 78

I. Adagio cantabile - Allegro ma non troppo
II. Allegro Vivace


Charles-Valentin Alkan - Etude in E minor, Op. 39, no. 12, "Le festin d'Ésope"


Frederic Chopin - Etude in E minor, Op. 25, no. 5


Marc-André Hamelin - Etude no. 8 in B-flat minor, "Erlkönig, after Goethe"


J.S. Bach - Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp minor from the Well-Tempered Clavier Book II


Marc-André Hamelin - Variations on a Theme by Paganini