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György Kurtág
György Kurtág © filharmonia.hu

Portrait György Kurtág

Spotlight marking the composer's 95th birthday

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No-one composes such highly concentrated and condensed music as György Kurtág. His works often only last a few mins, sometimes even just a matter of seconds – and yet they seem to contain an entire world. The Hungarian composer, who is now 94, has a reputation as one of the great outsiders of contemporary music, it's true – but he elicits a positive response from audiences and fellow composers everywhere with his reduced art. In the days surrounding Kurtág's 95th birthday on 19 February 2021, the Elbphilharmonie is honouring him with a six-part portrait series that focuses on milestones in his oeuvre.

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