Hungarian pianist-composer HAVASI’s life has revolved around the piano since the age of four, when he had his talent and perfect pitch discovered. During his studies he was extremely motivated by challenges and competitive situations. He would practice for ten hours a day to make the most of himself. He learned the trade of classical music with respect and humility, studied the lives and works of various masters, and graduated from Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Hungary. He came to recognise the huge responsibility involved in teaching, and taught in Budapest’s conservatory for years. As a performer of classical music he built up a vast repertoire, gave concerts in several towns across Europe, and won various piano contests.
After ten years of experiments he created his peculiar and unique musical world. As a contemporary composer he launched four completely different musical projects, which gave rise to HAVASI Symphonic, a monumental stage show of nearly 2.5 hours.
The stage show was welcomed by critics as one of the most complex fusion music projects of the year 2011 presented as a comprehensive artwork. Bertis Downs, Manager of the band REM, summarised his opinion in three words after first listening to the symphonic movements: “Emotional as hell”.
HAVASI enjoys stretching the limits, often artificially established, of musical genres. His primary objective is to demonstrate that culture can even be intelligible and entertaining to the masses and that you can become popular by conveying values. His concerts excite great interest and he created a genre which is both classical and popular. According to his critics, it is undeniable that today he is almost the only one who is able to lure many people to a classical concert hall.
He has already composed for symphony orchestras, string ensembles and also for the rock drum and piano. He is the founder and composer of the band The Unbending Trees, which received its first full-page positive review by Pete Paphides, musical critic of The Times. He wrote a song for singer Tracey Thorn, the legendary member of the band Everything But The Girl, and was the first Hungarian to give a speech at the TED Global conference in Edinburgh about his efforts in musical innovation and the situation of classical music in the 21st century.
Committed to making the piano popular also among today’s young people, he founded the title “The Fastest Pianist of the World” by hitting the same piano key 498 times in December 2009, in the concert hall of the Hungarian Academy of Music in Budapest, which was authenticated on stage by a representative of the Guinness World Records Committee. By setting up the record, he drew attention to the importance of marketing and communication in classical music, and also challenged the world’s pianists to a global game. The project has proved such a success that it attracts young pianists from all over the world from year to year, and they make a huge profit of the attention received due to the record in building their future careers.
On 21 July 2010 HAVASI was invited to the Shanghai World Expo Center to perform one of his works with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra during the World Expo. Aired by Chinese Central Television, the concert was seen by an estimated 200 million viewers. His impulsive character, special communication skills and extraordinary effect on the audience made the young composer a favourite of the media within a short time.
In February 2011, Chinese Central Television (CCTV) aired his concert Cultural Bridge, then he traveled to Trieste at the invitation of the Italian state television Rai Uno. In December of the same year, he had his all-night concert film presented by Romanian National Television and TV2, a commercial channel in Hungary.
His innovative efforts and his informal way of addressing the audience from stage intrigued the organisers of acclaimed international events. HAVASI was guest of honour at the 2011 Gala of Marco Luchetta International Press Prize, the FIFA Congress, the 3rd Confucius Institute World Conference, the jubilee celebration of the Hong Kong Chinese Industry & Commerce Association (HKCICA), the European event of Meeting Professionals International (MPI), and gala evenings organised by the publishers of the magazines Italian Vogue, Vanity Fair and Traveller.
To date, the musical DVD of HAVASI Symphonic has made 10 platinum editions. HAVASI is often away from his native country on travel and to give concerts but he is proud that he owes much of his success to Hungary’s world-famous music education and he believes that even an artist born in a small country can fulfill his dreams.