He was born in Tirgu Mures, Romania on July 12, 1947. He studied composition at the Cluj Academy of Music between 1968 and 1973. After graduation, Orbán taught music theory at the Academy until 1979. In 1989 his Triple Sextet was selected among Recommended Works at UNESCO's Tribute Internationale des Compositeurs in Paris. He left Romania in 1979 to settle in Budapest and has since taught music composition at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music. He is a very active composer who has written several instrumental pieces, still it is his attraction to the human voice.
He studied composition in Béla Bartók Secondary School for Music (1973-1977). In 1982 he graduated as composer and teacher of composing at Ferenc Liszt Academy. In 1982 his String-quartet won a prize at the international composers’ contest of the Budapest Spring Festival. Next year his Wind-quintet No. 2. was prize-winner at the same contest. Since 1999 he has been teaching music theory, score reading, counterpoint and composing at the Béla Bartók Music Institution. Around fifty of his works have been published by Hungarian and Finnish label companies so far.
György Selmeczi studied music in Bucharest, later moving to the Paris Conservatoire, where he completed his studies in 1975. In the same year he won the International Composition Competition in the Ploish city of Poznan with cantata for full orchestra. Since settling in Hungary, he has played an active part in the propagation of contemporary music and is a founder of the New Music Workshop. He has taken part as a conductor in festivals of contemporary music and in 1994 conducted in Berlin Honegger's Les aventures du roi Pausole.
Levente Gyöngyösi was born in Cluj in 1975. After completing his studies at the Composition Department of the Béla Bartók Music Conservatory, he enrolled in the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music and continued studying composition under György Orbán. His works have been awarded at several composing competitions. He received the Zoltán Kodály Fellowship from the Hungarian Ministry of Culture in 2000, 2001 and 2002, and Ferenc Erkel Award in 2005.
János Vajda was born in Miskolc in 1949. He studied choral conducting at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest and also composition. In 1979-80 he did postgraduate work at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. Between 1974 and 1979 he was a choral coach at the Hungarian Radio Choir. He has been teaching at the Academy of Music since 1981. His versatility in composition is marked by his stage works, orchestral and chamber works, choral pieces and songs. He was awarded the Erkel Prize in 1981 and the Bartók-Pásztory Prize in 1990.
Ferenc Farkas studied at the Academy of Music Budapest (1922-27), then continued his studies in Rome at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia under the supervision of Ottorino Respighi. In 1949 he was appointed teacher of composition at the Academy of Music Budapest, and as head of department he retired from there in 1965. His oeuvre (more than 700 works) embraces almost every musical genre: he composed operas, ballets, incidental music for the theatre, film music, masses, cantatas, choral works, songs, orchestral works and concertos, chamber music and also solo pieces. His musical profile combined Hungarian folk music, classical traditions, the melodiousness of the Mediterranean, and twelve-tone technique. The Hungarian state conferred many honours on him, including the Kossuth Prize in 1950 and 1991, the Gottfried von Herder Prize in 1979, and the "Cavaliere dell'Ordine della Repubblica Italiana" in 1984.
I have been playing instruments, writing songs and sing since I was 6 years old. My whole career as a musician is based on my classical education for I was learning to play the chello and have been singing in choirs since then. I play the chill and write classical choir music since then.
Since 2009, i mainly work as a songwriter/composer and lyricist, producing and arranging my own songs performed by various Hungarian artists: Gringo Sztár, Farkasházi Réka, Rami, Balássy Betty, Varga Feri, Pankastic!, eXtensive, Radics gigi, Takács Nikolas, Gereben Zita, etc.
1993: Children Music Festival of Eger: Special Award for best arrangement
2002: LGT Festival: Best pop group
2006: MAOE Children Music Festival: Best songwriter
2007: Song Contest of Zalaegerszeg: Best song and Best performance
2012: A DAL - EUROVISION song contest TOP 30 - Rami: Puzzle
2014: A DAL - EUROVISION song contest TOP 8 - Pankastic: Kicsi a világ
2017: Fonogram Award: Children's Album of the year
2018: Fonogram Award: Children's Album of the year
2018: Jazzy Radio Song Contest: Nomination for best song (TOP 10)
Csaba A. Szakács
He studied composition in Béla Bartók Secondary School for Music and continued his studies at the Universität für Musik in Wien.
Giulio De Carlo
Giulio De Carlo was born in 1981 in Catanzaro, Italy. Choir director. Composer of classical music, mostly for a cappella or accompained choir.
He began his musical studies privately at the age of 11 with the flutist Maestro Francesco Critelli, with whom he undertook a journey that lasted almost ten years, venturing into learning and performing the most diverse genres.
He completed his flute training with Maestro Claudia Pochini, with whom he undertook a study of the instrument centered mainly on the Baroque and the Moderne periods.
In the 2006/2007 academic year, he attended the composition course held by Maestro Pasquale De Rosa, at the Stanislao Giacomantonio conservatory in Cosenza, Italy.
After receiving the first notions of choral conducting from Maestro Francesco Critelli, he deepened his knowledge by participating in various specialization courses, including the one held by the Organizzazione Cori Calabria in the summer of 2003 in Sant'Angelo of Drapia (Vibo Valentia, Italy), during which he followed the lessons of Maestro Pierpaolo Scattolin (Choral Direction), Maestro Walter Marzilli (Choral Vocality) and of Maestro Francesco Romano (Composition).
From 2001 to 2005 he assisted the soprano Maestro Giovanna Massara in supervising the recruitment and preparation of the male chorus of the San Pio X Theological Seminary, with which he performed in several exhibitions at a regional level as a singer and a flutist, e.g. the participation in the execution of the “Trittico Romano”, composed by Monsignor Marco Frisina and directed by himself at the Politeama Theater of Catanzaro on March 31st, 2005.
As a self-taught, over the years he has relentlessly sought to improve his skills, devoting himself to deepening his knowledge and understanding of classical music (especially choral).
From 2002 to 2015 he was actively involved with the Polyphonic Choir S. Antonio, as a flutist and singer, supervising the musical formation of the vocal group. Since 2015 he is the Director of the Polyphonic Choir Singing Cluster.
In 2017, he composed original soundtracks for two tragedies (Euripides’ Medea and a reinterpretation of Aeschylus’ Prometheus), commissioned by the Teatro di Calabria, Aroldo Tieri.
During 2018 and 2019 he collaborated with the Euridice Polyphonic Choir (based in Bologna, Italy, and directed by Maestro Pierpaolo Scattolin) and with the Salt Lake Vocal Artists of Salt Lake City, Utah (directed by Dr. Brady Allred) for the realization of some of his works for a cappella choir or accompanied by the piano.
On 28 December 2019 he won the third place in the XVI national competition of composition of Christmas carols in the Calabrian vernacular organized by the Organizazzione Cori Calabria, with the song “U pastureddhru”.
During the same year he recorded two pieces (one for piano and another for piano and violin) thanks to the performances of the Maestro Francesco Silvestri and the Maestro Serena Mustari and composed a piece for the duo TWO for NEW of the Maestro Giovanni De Luca and the Maestro Francesco Silvestri.
In 2020 he started a collaboration with Kammerchor Manila, directed by Anthony Go Villanueva, for the realization of some pieces for mixed choir.
He also began a collaboration with lyricist Charles Anthony Silvestri for the composition of a piece for mixed choir, piano and percussions.
In October 2020 his piece L’aquilone received a special mention in the international composition competition “Nuove musiche dalla Livenza”. In November 2020 he has collaborated with the Magna Graecia Flute Choir composing for the ensemble the official hymn.
He has always carried out an intense compositional activity, both in the instrumental and vocal fields, producing numerous original works performed in various cultural and musical events.
Csaba A. Szakács
Giulio De Carlo
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