F r a n z    H a l á s z

 "Guitarists like him are not only pointing the way to the future;
    they are leading the way!"




The American born German Franz Halász stands in the forefront of outstanding artists in the guitar field. Judged by Soundboard Magazine in his New York debut as "simply electrifying!" and by Gramophone's critic as "the most remarkable guitarist in many years", Franz Halász began his career in 1993, winning first prizes at the „    Andres   Segovia Competition“ in Spain and   the „    Seto   Ohashi“ Competition in   Japan.In his debut    CD   with   spanish   guitar music he was praised by    the   prestigious critic Colin Cooper:"For the modern spanish repertoire,Franz Halász is unsurpassed, able to deliver Turina's message as no one ever has before - no, not even the great Segovia."

A distinguishing feature, Halasz holds his guitar upright, allows him a maximum of freedom of movement for his performances."For once, one felt that the guitar really is a concert instrument commensurate with all the others!" Classical Guitar-London.



The orchestral dimensions of his performance and the phenomenal clarity and precision of his musical vision, have rejoiced audiences between Tokyo and New York. A  guest performer  at major festivals and events such as the Rose Augustine Series-New York(USA), Toru Takemitsu Memorial  Concert-Tokyo(Japan), Kissinger Sommer, Brandenburgische Sommerkonzerte, Mecklenburg Vorpommern (Germany), Bath and Wirral(England), Santo Tirso(Portugal), Puerto Rico and  Dell' Arte Series - Rio de Janeiro  (Brazil), he also shared the stage with well known artists like Siegfried Jerusalem, Patrick Gallois, Robert Aitken, Alban Gerhard and Boris Pergamenschikov among others.   Franz Halász is professor at the "Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg-Augsburgand offers master classes at prestigious Institutes all over the world including the Manhattan School of Music - New York,   the Academy of Music-Oslo, Sao Paulo University., ESMUC, Barcelona. His many CDs for BIS - always rated as reference recordings - include among others the complete guitar music by Joaquin Turina and Toru Takemitsu.

For NAXOS Franz Halasz is recording recently  the complete works for guitar by Hans Werner Henze.The first CD of this serie  was released in April 2006.  In this same year will be released the Mikis Teodorakis guitar concert  with the Nürnberg Symphony Orchestra .