P1426. BÉLA SIKI: Fantasia #4 in c, K.475 (Mozart); Piano Sonata in B-flat, D.960 (Schubert); Carnaval (Schumann), Live Performance, 21 Feb., 2000, Seattle; w.Peter Eros Cond. University of Washington S.O.: Piano Concerto #3 in E (Bartók) , Live Performance, 16 April, 1996. [The Schubert Sonata is extraordinarily poignant!] [Siki was courted by Juilliard and most of the major music conservatories but chose to live and teach in Seattle Washington. His students played in Carnegie Hall, won international competitions and performed with all the major orchestras. If you are serious about technique and interpretation, you must study Siki's book. I remember walking down the hallway toward his door for my lesson and passing his other students sitting on the bench and floor, writing notes long after their lessons. Read this book. You will learn more than you might expect - anonymous]. (Canada) 2-St Laurent Studio YSL T-1298. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
“A student of Dohnanyi and Weiner at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, Béla Siki became a pupil of Dinu Lipatti in Switzerland, where he won an international competition in 1948.
In 1965, he joined the piano faculty at the University of Washington in Seattle, moving fifteen years later to Cincinnati, but returning in 1985 for the rest of his teaching career.”
- Norman Lebrecht, 31 Oct., 2020
“The University of Washington emeritus faculty pianist, Béla Siki, a Northwest music legend of international renown, was famous for his elegance and taste - and also for the wry humor and pointed observations that shaped the generations of players who followed in his footsteps. Among them, UW School of Music faculty pianist and former director Robin McCabe, who called him ‘a master of the art of suggestion. I count myself extremely fortunate to have had his mentorship. Mr. Siki, the man and his music, truly made the world a better place’.
Born in Hungary on Feb. 21, 1923, Siki made his recital debut at 16. A student of the eminent Ernst von Dohnanyi and Dinu Lipatti, Siki won the prestigious Geneva International Music Competition, the coup that launched his international musical career. His tours spanned Europe, Australia, South America and South Africa. The world’s top orchestras, from London and Amsterdam, to Geneva and Tokyo, invited him as soloist. Siki’s recordings were issued by five prominent labels.
Siki was frequently invited to be a member of juries at such top international contests as the Leeds Competition. At the request of Schirmer Books, he wrote PIANO REPERTOIRE: A GUIDE TO INTERPRETATION AND PERFORMANCE (published in 1981).
In 1965, Siki joined the piano faculty at the University of Washington, becoming an important part of the Seattle music scene - so important that his 1980 departure to Cincinnati made front-page headlines in this newspaper. In 1985, he returned to the UW until his retirement in 1993, when his farewell concert was heralded with a standing ovation whose length and warmth proved the extent of the affection with which Siki was held in the Seattle music community.”
- Melinda Bargreen, THE SEATTLE TIMES, 30 Oct., 2020