János Balázs is one of the most famous and acclaimed pianists on the Hungarian classical music scene. He is known for his performances in the world's most prestigious concert halls.
In recent years, János Balázs has performed at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Barbican Centre in London, the Philharmonie in Cologne, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, and the Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona. He has also performed with artists such as Vadim Repin, Mischa Maisky, Pinchas Steinberg, Tamás Vásáry, Stéphane Denève and José Cura.
His passion for the piano, his willingness to look beyond the definitions of musical genres and his talent for improvisation have contributed to his excellent reputation. Balázs' inspiration comes from two legendary musical artists: Franz Liszt and Georges Cziffra, both renowned musicians of exceptional talent.
In 2019, at the age of 31, he received the Kossuth Prize, Hungary's highest cultural award, following in the footsteps of such revered Hungarian artists as András Schiff, György Ligeti and Iván Fischer. Also in 2019, he becomes a Steinway Artist. János is a lecturer at the Franz-Liszt University of Music in Budapest.
Peter Eötvös dedicates Cziffra Psodia (his first piano concerto) to János on the occasion of the centenary of György Cziffra's birth. In 2021 and the following years, Balázs will perform this concerto with leading orchestras in the most renowned concert halls.