From Janos Balazs’ first notes on the Massry Center’s Steinway grand piano you knew you were in the presence of greatness. The young man’s fingers had that magical touch that only a few in recent history have had: Artur Rubinstein, Glenn Gould and maybe even Van Cliburn – the winner of the Russian Chopin competition which helped melt the Cold War just a little so many decades ago.
Balazs’ passion for the compositions of Frederic Chopin was evident from his first choice of the classical master’s canon: Impromptu No. 4, Op. 66 in C Sharp Minor (“Fantasie”) through two polonaises – in A Flat Major. Op. 53 (“Heroic”) and the Andante spianato e grande polonaise brilliante – and a Nocturne in C Sharp Minor.