Tamás Vásáry is well known as a virtuoso pianist in Soviet-dominated Hungary, but flourished internationally in the 1960s and '70s following his departure to the West. In the late '70s he turned to conducting and toured extensively in that role, especially in the USA.
Pablo Galdo is considered as one of the most renowned Spanish pianists and most outstanding of his generation. Some of the world's greatest pianists and masters have been unanimous in highlighting his talent and musicianship. Hungarian pianist Tamas Vasary, one of the most renowned pianists of XX’s century, said about him: After listening to Pablo Galdo’s recording, I inmediatly invited him to play with me a 4 hands recital. This gives an idea of what I think about him as a musician and complete pianist”
Cyprien Katsaris, the French-Cypriot pianist and composer, was born on May 5th 1951 in Marseilles. He first began to play the piano at the age of four, in Cameroon where he spent his childhood. His first teacher was Marie-Gabrielle Louwerse.
Paul Badura-Skoda was born in 1927 in Vienna, where he received his primary training. His most important teachers were Viola Thern and Otto Schulhof in Vienna and later Edwin Fischer in Switzerland. In 1948 he graduated from the Konservatorium der Stadt Wien (Conservatory of the City of Vienna) with the highest distinctions in both piano-playing and conducting. (That he is also among today's eminent conductors is sometimes obscured by his earlier success as a pianist.)
One of the most outstanding hungarian musicians, he began to study piano at the age of six. Later he studied at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, from where he graduated in 1982. His teachers were Pál Kadosa, Ferenc Rados and György Kurtág. He was a post-graduate student in Moscow at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory and in Dresden as a student of Professor Amadeus Webersinke.