Elena Szirmai

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  • 1977: Teachers diploma from Lucerne Conservatory.
  • 1982 Concertdiploma from Basel Conservatory.
  • 1996-1997 Gender Wayang - studies in Bali (Indonesia)
  • Solo recitals (accenting impressionism & contemporary- and Swiss composers) in Europe and Indonesia.
  • Chambermusic, accompaniment and pianoconcertos.
  • Various projects with improvising musicians from the jazz- and free improvisation scene.
  • Teaching at the Hochschule Luzern - music (BRS, prof. class piano), workshops & courses.
  • Awards: Migros scholarship, Orpheus concert series Zürich, grant from canton and city Lucerne 1993 for the project MA'NA.


  • Trio Szirmai-Kramis Pasión - yvp-music 3115,
  • Elena Szirmai plays Swiss composers CH253 Jecklin Zuerich,
  • MA'NA - a journey mana01 Lucerne.


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Concerts and projects

  • Soloprogrammes featuring spanish, french & swiss composers.
  • Satie - Debussy: a dialogue
  • MA'NA - a multimediaproject with Otmar Kramis, Lauren Newton & Mark Huber, Première Jazzfestival Schaffhausen 1993
  • Duo Szirmai-Kramis: performances in Switzerland & Indonesia (tour 1996)
  • Trio Szirmai-Kramis, originals, music of Astor Piazolla

As a classical interpreter, improvisor and conceptartist Elena Szirmai moves in musical tranits and explores the fringes of a number of musical forms, having developed a wide range of markedly subtle tonal textures and an immediate and frank musical expression.