“Pecze’s palette of sound on the clarinet is extremely wide; her precision and seriousness can only be met with utmost admiration,” high praise from the Hamburger Abendblatt. Even more noteworthy and undeniably contagious however is “her joy of playing and her wit when dealing with even the most abstract material.”
Of course, “abstract material” means contemporary art music: a field in which Boglárka Pecze has been engaged in recent years with “dazzling intensity” (Neue Zeitschrift für Musik) and a will of expression that verges on “existential limits” (Neue Zürcher Zeitung), playing her way to the top, internationally. As a founding member of the award-winning Trio Catch, she has worked with composers such as Helmut Lachenmann, Isabel Mundry, Georges Aperghis and Beat Furrer, given concerts as a “Rising Star” in the major concert halls of Europe and received awards such as the German Record Critics’ Prize and the Berenberg Cultural Prize. Numerous other prizes have followed including a scholarship of the German Music Competition and as two-time recipient of the Prize for Interpretation at the Stockhausen courses in Kürten, Germany.
“Of course good technique is extremely important…” explains Pecze, who discovered contemporary art music as a scholarship holder of the International Ensemble Modern Academy, “…but perfection isn’t everything. The deciding factor is when the craftsmanship recedes into the background and the music can take flight”, the critical acclaim for her performances more than confirming Boglárka Pecze’s statement. According to the press, “some classical music fans who experience the extraordinary dedication and the musical clarity of this clarinettist are, as if by mistake, utterly drawn in to this radically contemporary music. A music that they would otherwise avoid completely.”
Boglárka Pecze exhibits the same passion and curiosity behind the scenes as a cultural manager, negotiating fees, calculating budgets, taking part in competitions as a jury member and thus supporting other musicians and ensembles.