GFA Piano Masterclass

9 - 20 AUGUST 2020

GÜLSİN ONAY (Piano) Italy | GÁBOR FARKAS (Piano) Germany | JEAN MARC LUISADA (Piano) France |


Gülsin Onay’s truly international career has spanned 80 countries across all continents, from Venezuela to Japan. She has given concerts in the major musical centres such as Concertgebouw, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus, Wigmore Hall, National Gallery of Art and Miller Theater. Onay has performed as a soloist with such leading orchestras as Dresden Staatskapelle, Philharmonia Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Japan Philharmonic, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic and Vienna Symphony. Conductors with which she has performed include Vladimir Ashkenazy, Erich Bergel, Jorg Faerber, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Neeme Jarvi, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jose Serebrier and Stanislaw Wislocki.

Cambridge-based Turkish State Artist, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, in high demand for her unique and sensuous Chopin, Saygun and Rachmaninoff interpretations. Onay was in 2007 honoured with the award of a State Medal by the Polish nation. She is also acknowledged worldwide as the finest interpreter of the music of A.Adnan Saygun, whose works feature prominently in her concerts and recordings, and whose 2nd Piano Concerto was dedicated to her.



Gábor Farkas graduated from the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest
where he finished his DLA studies in 2014 under the mentorship of Zoltán Kocsis.He was also a student of Prof. William Grant Naboré at the International Piano Academy Lake Como.
He won the “6. International Liszt Piano Competition” in Weimar in 2009, the “Hungarian National Radio’s Piano Competition” in 2003 and the “Bartók BélaPiano Competition” in Baden bei Wien in 2000.
In 2012 he got the Franz Liszt Award (highest Hungarian State Award).
He made his debut at the Carnegie Hall in 2016 as the winner of the 2015
Audition of New York Concert Artists & Associates.
He regularly performs in the most prestigious concert halls worldwide among
others in Teatro la Fenice, BOZAR, Konzerthaus Berlin, Frankfurt Alte Oper,
Vienna Musikverein, Auditorio Nacional de Música Madrid, NCPA Concert Hall
Beijing, Seoul Art Center, Oriental Art Center Shanghai , Bunka Kaikan Tokyo,Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, New York.

He has worked with such well known conductors as Zoltán Kocsis, Ádám Fischer, Olli Mustonen, Philippe Bender, George Tchitchinadze, Olaf Henzold, Kobayashi Ken-Ichiro, Tamás Vásáry, Charles Dutoit.

And with orchestras such as Weimar Staatskapelle, Erfurt Symphony Orchestra, Jena Symphony Orch. ,Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, Osaka Century Orchestra, Vietnam Hanoi Symphony Orchestra, Austrian- Hungarian Haydn Orchestra, and major Hungarian ones BFO, NFZ, MR Symphony, MAV Symphony.

In 2017 he became an official Steiway Artist and proudly represents the company worldwide.
He is a Professor at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest, regularly gives master classes in China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, and he is also a jury member at the PTNA International Piano Competition, Tokyo.
Mr. Farkas has been honoured to receive a professorship at the prestigious
Tokyo College of Music, Japan in 2017.
The Aoyama Music Award was just recently given to the artist, Kyoto, for the best performance of the year.



Jean – Marc Louisada is a French pianist born in Bizerte, Tunisia. He began playing the piano at the age of 6, and at 16 he began studies at the Conservatoire de Paris under Dominique Merlet and Marcel Ciampi (piano) and Geneviève Joy-Dutilleux (chamber music). He has also studied with Nikita Magaloff and Paul Badura-Skoda.
In 1985 he won the 5th prize at International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. At 29 he had performed in Europe, the United States, and Asia and was known as a performer of “outstanding brilliance”.
He signed an exclusive agreement with RCA Red Seal in 1998. Among his recordings are the waltzes and mazurkas of Chopin and the infrequently-heard chamber version of the first Chopin piano concerto, recorded with the Talich Quartet. He is on the faculty of École Normale de Musique de Paris-Alfred Cortot. Luisada calls himself a human being of the 19th century and often mentions his love for the past and history in his music.