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.
Csaba A. Szakács
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