The Artisjus Award acknowledges contemporary music and literary accomplishments; musicians and writers were awarded in nine music and five literary categories. The announcement of the Association sent to the Hungarian News Agency highlighted the fact that among this year’s awardees jazz musicians featured more than in the past, but the classical line also received more weight.
The Artisjus Life Achievement Award in Popular Music went to the pianist, composer and head of department of the Liszt Academy, Károly Binder, who has greatly contributed to the synthesis of new trends, diverse musical traditions, composition techniques and improvisational systems. He has composed more than three hundred- mainly chamber- and piano -oeuvres, wrote the soundtrack of 43 films, theatre and radio plays and has released 67 records, mainly as a composer. Since 2007, he has acted as the Head of the Jazz Department of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music and is an associate professor at the university.
This year’s Artisjus Award in Popular Music was conferred on Attila László. He has been teaching - now as an associate professor - at the Jazz Department of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music since 1987. In 1992, he founded the Attila László Band, which was active for fifteen years. He has collaborated with Charlie as a composer, orchestration expert and played an essential role in Zsuzsa Cserháti’s comeback in the 90’s. Recently, he has been collaborating with Gyula Babos and Tibor Tátrai in the formation Gitár Trio.
Péter Tornyai’s accomplishments were recognised with this year’ Young Classical Composer’s Award. The 29-year-old musician graduated in violin and composition from the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, then went on to study in Rome, as a scholarship-winner. Since 2015, he has been an external lecturer at the Liszt Academy and is an active participant of Hungarian and international music events as a viola and violin player. His compositions have been performed in Hungary, Slovakia, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland and the Unites States.
This Year’s Junior Award in Popular Music had already been conferred on the Liszt Academy’s jazz-composition student, Petra Várallyay.