P0868. JULIAN von KÁROLYI, w.Zdravkkofitch Cond. Bavarian Radio Orch.: Concerto #1 in b-flat (Tchaikovsky); w.Heger Cond. Bavarian Radio Orch.: Concerto in a (Schumann), both Live Performances, 1956; w.Nick Cond. Munich Phil.: Hungarian Fantasy (Liszt), Live Performance, 1948. (Canada) Doremi 7984. - 723721635459
“Julian von Károlyi made his 1926 début in Budapest with great success, gaining the attention of Béla Bartók who introduced him to Margit Varró who led his further education. Later he studied with Joseph Pembaur in Munich, from 1927 to 1930 as Gewandhaus Fellow at Max von Pauer at the Leipzig Conservatory, in 1931 Alfred Cortot in Paris, and finally from 1932 to 1934 with Ernst von Dohnányi at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest.
His 1929 London début led him to a UK recital tour with Feodor Chaliapin. His international breakthrough was a highly successful recital at the Royal Albert Hall. From 1934 he performed regularly and played with the most prominent conductors and orchestras, including Berlin, Paris, London, Budapest, Prague, Warsaw, Stockholm, Helsinki, Riga, the USA, South America, the Middle and Far East and in almost all major German cities. In the early 1940's Károlyi settled permanently in Munich.
Julian von Károlyi had a brilliant technique and was one of the greatest virtuosos of his time. He became famous especially with the piano works by Chopin, Liszt and Rachmaninoff, and from 1943 until the early fifties he recorded for the German Grammophon and in the years 1958-1960 for Electrola.”
- Z. D. Akron