Gergely Bogányi is a born musician, born into a musical Hungarian family. His brilliant technique, coupled with a deeply expressed, artistic interpretation has made him an outstanding international performer. Born in Vác, Hungary, Gergely Bogányi began playing the piano at the age of four. He continued his studies at the Liszt Academy in Budapest with Laszlo Baranyay. He also studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with Professor Matti Raekallio, and at the University of Indiana in Bloomington with Professor György Sebök. He participated in several masterclasses of Annie Fischer and Ferenc Rados. Among his professors he cordially remembers Annie Fischer who made a deep impression upon his art. She instructed him regularly and was a cherished mentor until her death.
From a young age, Gergely Bogányi has had success in several national and international competitions. He won a prize at the national piano competition in Nyíregyháza at the age of six, and three years later he won top prize at the same competition. Other early competitions include the third prize in Ettlingen, Germany in 1990 and the second prize in Epinal, France in 1991, where he was the youngest competitor. In Helsinki he was a three-time winner of the Finnish radio “Helmi Vesa Competition.” He won first prizes in both the Chopin and the Mozart competitions in Budapest in 1993, and Indiana University’s music competition in 1994. In 1996 he earned the gold Medal at the “International Franz Liszt Competition” in Budapest, one of the most distinguished competitions in the world.
Gergely Bogányi is a constant guest for recitals in the best halls in Europe and worldwide, and is invited to perform as a soloist by the best orchestras in the world, for example the London Philharmonics in 2004. He is regularly making radio, TV and CD recordings and giving masterclasses. Besides the complete Chopin oeuvre and a wide repertoire of solo pieces (for example Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Liszt, Bartók), there are more than 30 piano concertos on his extremely broad repertoire. In the autumn of 2001 his series of “Chopin’s complete piano works” received the Hungarian gramofon Prize in the category of “Best concert event and performing artist in Hungary”.Gergely Bogányi also performs regularly as a chamber musician. The Bogányi- Kelemen Trio, in which he plays together with his brother Tibor, a cellist, and with violinist Barnabás Kelemen, won the first prize at the Kuhmo Chamber Music Competition in 1999. He frequently performs in concert with Mr. Kelemen; their CD recording was awarded the “grand Prix du disque” by the international Liszt Society. In 2004 they were presented in their New York debut at Carnegie Hall.
At exceptionally young age of 22, Gergely Bogányi was appointed a citizen of honor in his native town of Vác. In 2000 he was awarded the “Liszt Prize” by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage in Hungary, and in 2002 he was presented with the “Cross of Merit of the White Rose” of Finland by the President of the Finnish Republic. In 2004 he received the “Kossuth Prize” from the President of the Hungarian Republic, the highest artistic award of his native country. In November 2010 he was awarded a unique “Art Citizenship/Chopin year” passport by the Polish government