Pianist Tamás Ungár has earned worldwide acclaim for his powerful performances and innovative programming. A regular guest artist at numerous music centers in the United States, he also performs and teaches frequently all over the globe. Between the 1997-99 seasons he performed over 70 concerts in America, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Romania, England, Taiwan, Hong Kong, The People's Republic of China, Korea and Japan. Some of the highlights of recent seasons include performances with the Sacramento Symphony Orchestra, performing as soloist/conductor of Mozart Piano Concertos at the University of Leeds, as Artist-in-Residence and a return visit to present a solo recital and master class series at the Liszt Academy in Budapest.
In addition to his performing commitments, Tamás Ungár has become one of United States' best-known and most respected teachers of the piano. As Founder - Executive Director of the TCU/Cliburn Piano Institute and member of the TCU Piano Faculty, he attracts students from across America and as far afield as Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, China, England, Germany, Greece, India, Israel, Kazakstan, Korea, Hungary, Japan, Malaya, Mexico, Poland, Republic of Georgia, Singapore, Russia and Taiwan. His students have received prizes in national and international competitions, have performed in prestigious music centers including Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Recital Hall, New York City and have made numerous recordings. On tour Tamás Ungár is highly regarded for the informative and entertaining master classes he gives in association with his recital and concerto performances.
In 1956, Tamás Ungár emigrated from Hungary to Australia and studied under Alexander Sverjensky at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He won the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's national Concerto Competition in 1967, which lead to appearances with major orchestras of Australia and New Zealand. Subsequently he studies with Lajos Hernádi at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, and with György Sebök at Indiana University, where he was awarded the Doctorate in Music. After actively performing and teaching in London, Tamás Ungár was appointed to the music faculty at the University of California at San Diego, and in 1978 was invited to his current position in Fort Worth. As the first performing musician ever to receive the coveted British Leverhulme Fellowship, Tamás Ungár served as Artist-in-Residence at York University during the 1984-85 season, playing over fifty concerto, recital and chamber music engagements throughout the United Kingdom.
Tamás Ungár records exclusively for CALA Records (www.calarecords.com)