Personality profile

Photo: Peter Toperczer

Peter Toperczer

24 Jul 1944 Košice – 16 Aug 2010 Praha

classical music
piano

Bio

Bio

1954 – 1957
private piano classes (Mária Mašíková-Hemerková)
1958 – 1962
Košice Conservatory  (Mária Mašíková-Hemerková)
1962 – 1971
Academy of Performing Arts in Prague , graduate and post-graduate studies (František Maxián, followed after his death by Jozef Páleníček)
since 1971
resident in Prague
1972 – 1989
soloist of the Slovak Philharmonia
1978 – 1982
Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, piano lecturer
since 1986
Academy of Performing Arts in Prague  (1990 – associate Prof., 1995 – Professor)     
1999 – 2005
rector of the Academy of Performing Arts, Prague, and 2006 – 2010 dean of the Faculty of Music

„Toperczer is a prominent and internationally renowned representative of Slovak piano art. Though wielding a never-failing technical background, he intentionally avoids works with obvious virtuoso glitter. He is a modern-type artist, who holds the performed author in great esteem. His style is devoid of artiness, mannerism, and is rather simple and straightforward, unifying all elements of the piano performance in an ideal high-level synthesis. He keeps a distance and has a unique sense for the build-up of a logical construction of a music piece. His gradations sound natural, radiating tension, inner energy, intellect and carefully chosen dosing of emotions - nevertheless, without conflict-yielding emotional peaks. The exterior impression he conveys is very calm. What captivates his audience is the logic of natural expression and intensive inner experience. Toperczer brings pleasure from beautiful and cultured music performance."
(Vladimír Čížik: Slovník slovenského koncertného umenia , vol I., Hudobné centrum, Bratislava 2002, p. 146-149)

Peter Toperczer has participated in a number of festivals in Slovakia and abroad. His regular collaborators include a range of Slovak and foreign ensembles (BRT Brusel, Staatskapelle Berlin, Staatskapelle Dresden, Wiener Kammerorchester, English Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Radio Suisse-Romande, Residentie-Orchest den Haag, Orchestre Monte Carlo, Michigan State University Symphony Orchestra, National Art Centre Orchestra Ottawa etc.) led by foremost conductors from Slovakia (Ľudovít Rajter, Ladislav Slovák; Karel Ančerl, Jiří Bělohlávek, Zdeněk Košler, Václav Neumann, Libor Pešek, Václav Smetáček) and abroad (Gaetano Delogu, Dean Dixon, Christoph von Dohnányi, Arvid Jansons, Herbert Kegel, Kyril Kondrašin, Ferdinand Leitner, Jesus Lopez-Cobos and others.). He has performed in over 30 countries, both in Europe and overseas (Cuba, USA, Canada, Japan), as well as during important international music festivals (Santander, Helsinki, Montreux-Vevey, Ottawa, Berlin, Budapest, Sofia, Bratislava, Prague). Moreover, he has made numerous recordings for Slovak companies (OPUS, Supraphon, Panton), as well as for foreign labels (Vox New York, Radifussion Lodon, Victor Japan, Nippon Columbia, Wifon Poland). He has also earned reputation as an excellent partner for soloists (especially instrumentalists) and chamber ensembles. Since 1983, he has established cooperation for 4-hand music and 2-piano music with Marián Lapšanský. Peter Toperczer is frequently invited to sit as a member of chair of juries during prominent Slovak, Czech and foreign international contests. He is also renowned as lecturer of international master classes working alongside great personalities of world’s stages.

Bibliography

  • Urbančíková, Lýdia: Peter Toperczer......
    2010 Hudobný život 2010, no. 7 - 8, p. 2
  • Zamborský, Stanislav: Peter Toperczer.........
    2010 Hudobný život 2010, no. 7 - 8, p. 2
  • (tasr): Zomrel klavirista Peter Toperczer
    2010 SME [príloha Kultúra] 18.8. 2010, no. 190, p. 14
  • Földešová, Marta; Toperczer, Peter: O klavírnej interpretácii, pedagogike... nielen bilančne
    2004 Hudobný život 2004, no. 10, p. 13 – 15
  • Čížik, Vladimír: Peter Toperczer
    2002 Slovník slovenského koncertného umenia I, Music Centre Slovakia, Bratislava 2002, p. 146 – 149
    (ISBN 80-88884-39-X)
  • Kříž, Jaromír: Klavirista Petr Toperczer hrál hudbu dvacátého století. (Recenzia pražského koncertu 28. 3.)
    2. 4. 1998 Lidové noviny XI. 2. 4. 1998, no. 78, p. 12
  • Pechovský, Zdeněk: Gramorecenzia. Klavírní skladby a violoncellová sonáta Fryderyka Chopina. CD Panton Classics-Bonton Music 71 0531–2
    1998 Hudební rozhledy 1998, no. 11, p. 50–51
  • Čížik, Vladimír: Osobnosť klavírnej interpretácie (Profil)
    1994 1994, no. 13–14, p. 2
  • Javorský, Igor: SF v máji (Čajkovského koncert b mol)
    1993 1993, no. 13–14, p. 6
  • Berger, Igor: Nová slovenská hudba. Komorné koncerty (premiéra Salvových Variácií pre klavír dedikovaných Toperczerovi)
    1993 1993, no. 1, p. 3
  • Kuxová, Milena: Hovoríme s klaviristom Petrom Toperczerom. Mladí sú pevní, čestní, zásadoví
    28. 12. 1989 Večer Košice 28. 12. 1989
  • Martináková, Zuzana: Gramorecenzie. Tadeáš Salva. Profilová platňa
    1987 1987, no. 12, p. 5
  • Ursínyová, Terézia: Zaslúžilý umelec Peter Toperczer
    1986 1986, no. 10, p. 3
  • -ah-: Predstavujeme. Klavirista Peter Toperczer
    17. 6. 1982 Ľud 17. 6. 1982
  • Šuhajdová, Jana: Zrelosť a tvorivosť
    26. 3. 1982 Pravda 26. 3. 1982
  • Čížik, Vlado: Koncerty MDKO v Bratislave
    1982 1982, no. 9, p. 5
  • Peter Toperczer
    1982 Portréty slovenských koncertných umelcov. Portraits of Czechoslovak Concert Artists , Bratislava 1982, p. 41 – 43
  • Kamenistý, Ján: Hovoríme so sólistom SF Petrom Toperczerom. Dorozumieť sa s hudbou
    30. 4. 1980 Smena 30. 4. 1980
  • Földešová, Marta: Osobnosť Petra Toperczera. Koncert pre klavír a orchester
    1980 Hudobný život 1980, no. 10, p. 4
  • Čížik, Vladimír: Gramorecenzie. (Klavírne koncerty G dur Maurice Ravela a G dur č. 5 Sergeja Prokofieva.)
    1979 1979, no. 17, p. 5
  • Čížik, Vladimír: Peter Toperczer
    1974 Slovenskí koncertní umelci I, Slovak Music Fund, Bratislava 1974, p. 95 – 97
  • Čížik, Vladimír: V službách reprezentácie (rozhovor)
    1973 1973, no. 13, p. 3

Discography

  • Photo: JACK-IN-THE-BOX.A Collection of Amusing and Entertaining Works by Classical Composers JACK-IN-THE-BOX.A COLLECTION OF AMUSING AND ENTERTAINING WORKS BY CLASSICAL COMPOSERS
    2005 CD – Naxos 8.570124-25
    1. Joseph Haydn:
      Ondrej Lenárd (dir.), Cappella Istropolitana, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Slovak State Philharmonic Košice, Marian Lapšanský (pf), Peter Toperczer (pf)
  • Photo: Lunga Bla Timmar LUNGA BLA TIMMAR
    2002 CD – Naxos 8.503024
    1. Claude Debussy:
      Peter Breiner (dir.), Oliver Dohnányi (dir.), Jozef Kopelman (dir.), Ondrej Lenárd (dir.), Róbert Stankovský (dir.), Camerata Cassoviae, Cappella Istropolitana, Slovak Philharmonic, Slovak Philharmonic, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Slovak State Philharmonic Košice, Ľudovít Kanta (vc), Marian Lapšanský (pf), Jindřich Pazdera (vn), Miloš Števove (cr), Peter Toperczer (pf)
  • Photo: S. Prokofiev: Peter och vargen / C. Saint-Saens: Djurens karneval / B. Britten: Orkesterguide for ungdom S. PROKOFIEV: PETER OCH VARGEN / C. SAINT-SAENS: DJURENS KARNEVAL / B. BRITTEN: ORKESTERGUIDE FOR UNGDOM
    2001 CD – Naxos 8.554091
    1. Sergej Prokofiev:
      Ondrej Lenárd (dir.), Marian Lapšanský (pf), Peter Toperczer (pf), Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Photo: Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals SAINT-SAENS: CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS
    2001 DVD – Naxos DVDI 1013
    1. Camille Saint-Saëns:
      Ondrej Lenárd (dir.), Slovak Philharmonic, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Marian Lapšanský (pf), Peter Toperczer (pf)
  • Photo: The Centre 2 THE CENTRE 2
    1998 CD – Naxos 8.554903-04DX
    1. Johann Sebastian Bach:
      Oliver Dohnányi (dir.), Ondrej Lenárd (dir.), Cappella Istropolitana, Slovak Philharmonic, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Slovak State Philharmonic Košice, Slovak Philharmonic Choir, Marian Lapšanský (pf), Peter Toperczer (pf)
  • Photo: The Best of Saint-Saëns THE BEST OF SAINT-SAËNS
    1997 CD – Naxos 8.556675
    1. Camille Saint-Saëns:
      Imrich Szabó (org), Marian Lapšanský (pf), Peter Toperczer (pf), Slovak Philharmonic, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ondrej Lenárd (dir.)
    2. Camille Saint-Saëns: Symphony no. 3 avec orgue, op. 78
      Imrich Szabó (org)
  • Photo: S. Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf; C. Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals; B. Britten: The Young Person´s Guide to the Orchestra S. PROKOFIEV: PETER AND THE WOLF; C. SAINT-SAENS: CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS; B. BRITTEN: THE YOUNG PERSON´S GUIDE TO THE ORCHESTRA
    1995 CD – Naxos 8.550335DX
    1. Sergej Prokofiev:
      Ondrej Lenárd (dir.), Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Marian Lapšanský (pf), Peter Toperczer (pf)
  • Photo: S. Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf; C. Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals S. PROKOFIEV: PETER AND THE WOLF; C. SAINT-SAENS: CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS
    1991 CD – Naxos 8.550499
    1. Camille Saint-Saëns:
      Ondrej Lenárd (dir.), Marian Lapšanský (pf), Peter Toperczer (pf), Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Photo: Paul Hindemith: Horn Sonatas PAUL HINDEMITH: HORN SONATAS
    1987 CD – Opus 93511720
    1. Paul Hindemith:
      Peter Toperczer (pf)
  • Photo:
    1986 LP – Opus 9311 1769
    1. Ján Cikker: Sonatina Op. 12, No. 1
      Peter Toperczer (pf)
    2. Ján Cikker: Tatra Brooks
      Peter Toperczer (pf)
    3. Ján Cikker: What the Children Told Me
      Peter Toperczer (pf)
    4. Ján Cikker: Piano Variations on a Slovak Folksong
      Peter Toperczer (pf)
  • Photo: Hanuš Domanský HANUŠ DOMANSKÝ
    1985 LP – Opus 9111 1503
    1. Hanuš Domanský: Bagatelles
      Ida Černecká (pf)
    2. Hanuš Domanský: Dithyrambes
      Peter Toperczer (pf)
    3. Hanuš Domanský: Clapancies
      Slovenskí madrigalisti, Dalibor Machek (bat), Stanislav Mášik (bat), Ladislav Holásek (dir.)
    4. Hanuš Domanský: Elegiac Suite
      Magdaléna Blahušiaková (s), Marian Lapšanský (pf)
  • Photo: Tadeáš Salva TADEÁŠ SALVA
    1984 LP – Opus 9111 1469
    1. Tadeáš Salva: Impressions
      Peter Toperczer (pf)
    2. Tadeáš Salva: Lullabies
      Zbor SĽUK-u, Orchester SĽUK-u, Pavol Procházka (dir.)
    3. Tadeáš Salva: String Quartet No. 3b
      Doležal Quartet, Bohuslav Matoušek (vn), Josef Kekula (vn), Karel Doležal (vl), Vladimír Leixner (vc)
    4. Tadeáš Salva: Good Day, My Dead Op. 30
      Magdaléna Hajóssyová (s), Slovenskí madrigalisti, Ladislav Holásek (dir.)
    5. Tadeáš Salva: Magnificus vita salutis
      Marta Nitranová (s), Sergej Kopčák (bas), The University Choir Technik, Pavol Procházka (dir.)
    6. Tadeáš Salva: Musica...musica
      Prague Brass Soloists, Zdeněk Šedivý (tr), Miroslav Kejmar (tr), Stanislav Suchánek (cr), Antonín Kettner (tn), Ludvík Bortl (tn), Václav Hoza (tu)
  • Photo:
    1981 LP – Opus 9111 0981
    1. Ludwig van Beethoven:
      Peter Toperczer (pf), Juraj Alexander (vc), Jozef Luptáčik (cl)
  • Photo: Béla Bartók: Sonata for Two Pianos and Perscussion, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 BÉLA BARTÓK: SONATA FOR TWO PIANOS AND PERSCUSSION, CONCERTO FOR PIANO AND ORCHESTRA NO. 3
    LP – Opus 9111 1908
    1. Béla Bartók:
      Marian Lapšanský (pf), Peter Toperczer (pf), Slovak Philharmonic
  • Photo: Mozart: Two Great Piano Concertos MOZART: TWO GREAT PIANO CONCERTOS
    CD –
    1. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
      Peter Toperczer (pf), Stanislav Zamborský (pf), Ladislav Slovák (dir.), Bohdan Warchal (dir.), Slovak Philharmonic, Bohdan Warchal Slovak Chamber Orchestra

Awards

  • International Rostrum for Young Performers ‘New Talent‘ founded by the Bratislava Music Festival (SK) and the International Music Council
    1972 - laureate
  • Leeds International Piano Competition (UK)
    1966 - 5th prize
  • Prague Spring International Music Competition, Prague (CZ)
    1963 - honourable mention
  • National Competition of Art Schools
    1962 - 1st prize

Premieres

  • First performances in Slovakia
  • Tadeáš Salva: Variations on Theme of the Little Prelude No. 6 by J. S. Bach
    2 Oct
    1987
    First performances in Slovakia
    Bratislava Music Festival, Bratislava, SK
    PERFORMERS: Laura Ellen Paulu (fl), Kvarteto Pro Arte, Peter Toperczer (pf)
  • Ilja Zeljenka: Capriccio
    for piano
    13 Feb
    1984
    First performances in Slovakia
    Congress Hall of the Cultural Centre, Piešťany, SK
    PERFORMERS: Peter Toperczer (pf)
  • Ilja Zeljenka: Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 2
    "Metamorphoses"
    13 May
    1982
    First performances in Slovakia
    Concert Hall of the Slovak Philharmonic, Bratislava, SK
    PERFORMERS: Peter Toperczer (pf), Slovak Philharmonic, Libor Pešek (dir.)
  • Hanuš Domanský: Dithyrambes
    for piano
    20 Feb
    1981
    First performances in Slovakia
    A Week of New Slovak Music, Concert Hall of the Czechoslovak Radio, Bratislava, SK
    PERFORMERS: Peter Toperczer (pf)
  • First performances abroad
  • Ilja Zeljenka: Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 2
    "Metamorphoses"
    23 May
    1982
    First performances abroad
    The Prague Spring, Municipal House, Smetana Hall, Prague, CZ
    PERFORMERS: Peter Toperczer (pf), Slovak Philharmonic, Libor Pešek (dir.)

Gallery

  • Photo: Peter Toperczer, Tadeáš Salva, Ivan Sokol 1988 Peter Toperczer, Tadeáš Salva, Ivan Sokol

    Source: Archives of the Music Centre Slovakia
    Author: Andrej Palacko

Audio

  • Zeljenka, Ilja: Capriccio for piano (excerpt)

    1986

    Peter Toperczer (pf)

    Source: Archives of the Music Centre Slovakia
  • Zeljenka, Ilja: Concerto for piano and orchestra No. 2 (excerpt)

    1982

    Peter Toperczer (pf), Slovak Philharmonic, Libor Pešek (dir.)

    Source: Archives of the Music Centre Slovakia


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