Zuzana Ferjencikova

About

Zuzana Ferjenčíková is organist, pianist and composer, born in Czechoslovakia. Educated in alignment with the Russian piano tradition and studying organ and composition in Bratislava and Vienna she has been later influenced especially by the teaching of and collaboration with her Maître Jean Guillou in Paris. 2004 she was the first woman to be awarded the First Prize at the International Organ Improvisation Competition in Haarlem in the Netherlands.

As a performer, her interests lie mainly in the Romantic period (Liszt – complete organ works), but also in contemporary music (Guillou – complete organ works). As a composer, she writes concert pieces for organ, piano and various instrumental formations.

Since 2018 she records exclusively for the German Label MDG (Musikhaus Dabringhaus und Grimm). New releases: Guillou Organ works Vol. 1; Liszt Organ works Vol. 1. She is appointed professor for organ at Codarts as of September 2021.

Career

  • Performance of the complete organ works of Franz Liszt in 6 concerts (Abbey of Our Dear Lady of the Scots, Vienna, Liszt-Year 2011);
  • Inauguration of the organ of the Sultan of Oman in the Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman (2012);
  • Performance of the complete organ works of Jean Guillou in 7 concerts (Saint Eustache Church, Paris 2013, in the presence of Jean Guillou);
  • Member of the Jury of the 50th International Organ Improvisation Competition in Haarlem (2014);
  • Concert of remembrance for Jean Guillou (Laurenskerk, Rotterdam, 2019).

Motivation

Why do you believe students should come to Codarts?
Codarts has a rich musical tradition, founded on the collaboration of significant artists like Ben van Oosten, which together with the beautiful organ landscape of Rotterdam and The Netherlands allows the students to look at a bright future as an organ interpreter.

What are you going to teach them?
I would like to teach the students to become true musicians, aware of their own feelings, power and responsibility. This needs finding the ways to express their own personality through their interpretation.

How are you going to teach them?
I would like the students to learn how to work on the most sensitive mastering of the instrument possible, its touch, its articulation and its expression and to learn to read a composition as a whole and to grasp its meaning in both the historical and the universal artistic context.

Awards

  • 2004 - First prize at the International Organ Improvisation Competition in Haarlem (The Netherlands)
  • 2001 - First Prize at the International Organ Competition « Valentino Bucchi » Rome (Italy)
  • 1998 - First prize at the International Organ Improvisation Competition in Brno (Czech Republic)
Recordings awards
  • Jean Guillou, Complete Works, Vol. 1 (MDG, 2019): 5 stars, Classica; CD recommendation of the month, highest scores, Klassik heute;
  • Franz Liszt, Complete Works, Vol. 1 (MDG, 2020): 5 stars, Classica; Opus d’or, Opus Haute Definition

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