Music was and is an essential part of daily life in Hungary.

Sir Georg Solti
Balázs Kecskés D.

Balázs Kecskés D.

Composition Department

Compositional techniques for major and non-major students

Born: 30.03.1993, Szeged

Position at Liszt Academy: assistant lecturer

Studies:
2017– : Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music Doctoral School – Composition DLA
2016-2017: Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music – Composition teacher TMA
2014-2016: Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music – Composition MA, (professor: János Vajda)
2015-2016: Conservatorio di Musica Luigi Cherubini, Firenze – Erasmus+ Program, Composition (Professor: Paolo Furlani)     2011-2014: Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music – Composition BA (professor: János Vajda)
2007-2011: Béla Bartók Secondary Music School – Composition (professor: István Fekete Győr); Piano (professor: Balázs Kecskés)

Teaching experience:
2017– : Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music – external lecturer (composition department)
2017-2019: Béla Bartók Secondary Music School – composition teacher
2013-2016: Hungarian Dance Academy – piano accompanist

Awards, competition results, scholarships:
2020: Peter Eötvös Foundation – composer mentee
2020: Junior Prima Prize
2020: Istvánffy Benedek Prize (Komm)
2020: „GENERACE” Composition Competition – 1st prize, Ostrava
2020: Junior Artisjus Award
2019: Istvánffy Benedek Award (Trois romances)
2019: Hungarian Academy of Arts - scholarship
2019: New National Excellence Program - scholarship
2018: Garth Newel Award (Accusativus)
2018: János Arany Composition Competition – 3rd prize, Budapest
2018: New National Excellence Program - scholarship
2016: Livorno Music Festival – scholarship for composers
2016: Aurora Musis Amica Award (Psalm Fragment)
2016: Young Talents of the Nation Scholarship
2015: Scholarship of the Hungarian Republic
2015: Young Talents of the Nation Scholarship
2013: Composer Competition in Memory of Géza Gárdonyi – 2nd prize, Budapest
2012: „GENERACE” Composer Competition – 3rd prize, Ostrava
2012: Liszt Academy Composer Competition – 1st prize, Budapest
2011: „Hajnalok Völgye” Choir Festival – MAIN PRIZE, Csáb
2011: Béla Bartók National Composer Competition – 2nd prize, Budapest

Major works:
2020: Journal (for symphony orchestra, the Hungarian Radio Orchestra, Hungarian Radio, Studio 6, Budapest)
2020: Áldom az Urat minden időben (Psalm 34) (for mixed choir, the participants of the Lutheran Cantor Course, Fót)
2019: Liebeslieder (for flute, cello and piano, Trio Espresso, Liszt Academy, Solti Hall, Budapest)
2019: Komm (for string quartet and four voices, based on texts by Gilles Deleuze, Claire Parnet, Paul Thymich and T. S. Eliot, Kruppa Quartet, Fasori Reformed Church, Budapest)
2018: Relief (for piano solo, Éva Szalai, Budapest Music Center, Budapest)
2018: Concerto grosso (for bass trombone solo and string orchestra, Budapest Strings, Budapest Music Center, Budapest)
2018: Alleluja (for mixed choir, Kodály Choir, Béla Bartók 28th International Choir Competition and Festival, Kölcsey Center, Debrecen)
2018: Trois sérénades (ensemble, Old Liszt Academy, Budapest)
2018: Prelude for Martin Tschiba (for piano solo, WIReless, Tonhalle, Martin Tschiba, Düsseldorf)
2017: Enyhülés (Patience and Courage) (for soprano and piano, based on verses by János Arany, Nóra Tatai, Ferenc János Szabó, MINI-Festival, Vigadó, Budapest)
2017: Trois romances (for mixed choir and piano, New Liszt Ferenc Chamber Choir, Liszt Academy, Solti Hall, Budapest)
2017: Accusativus (piano quartet, Garth Newel Piano Quartet, Garth Newel, USA)
2017: Partita (for piano solo, Domonkos Csabay, Old Liszt Academy, Budapest)
2016: String Quartet (for string quartet, Kruppa Quartet, Metronóm Tető, Budapest)
2016: Floating (ensemble, Livorno Music Festival, Livorno)
2016: Psalm Fragment (for orchestra, mixed choir and tenor soloist, based on Psalm 90 and selected verses by Attila József, Dohnányi Orchestra Budafok, Liszt Academy, Great Hall, Budapest)
2016: Fantasy (for violin and piano, Bálint Kruppa, Domonkos Csabay, Liszt Academy, Great Hall, Budapest)
2014: Szonya (opera scene, orchestra, soloists, Budapest Concerto Symphony Orchestra, Liszt Academy, Solti Hall, Budapest)

Soundtracks:
2019: Szabadság, harc (short film by Balázs Sára and László Koppány Csáji)

Publications:

2017:
Kecskés D. B: Kell-e nekünk a popzene?, Parlando, 2017
Kecskés D. B: Do We Need Popular Music?, Parlando, 2017
Kecskés D. B: A moduláció mint szimbólum, avagy a félhangok felelősségteljes szerepe, Parlando, 2017
Kecskés D. B: Modulation as a Symbol  - The ’Highly Responsible’ Role of Semitones, Parlando, 2017

Masterclasses, courses:
2019: ISCM Festival – Alleluja was performed by the Collegium Musicale Chamber Choir, Tallinn
2018: Garth Newel Piano Quartet – a week-long residency at the United States invited by the Garth Newel Piano Quartet, Garth Newel, USA
2017: Dark Music Days Festival – Masterclass of Hugi Gudmundsson, Rejkjavik
2016: Livorno Music Festival – Masterclass of Christopher Austin, Livorno
2016: Royal Academy of Music – study visit, London
2014: Masterclass of David Lang, Budapest
2014: Masterclass of Heinz Holliger, Budapest
2013: Conservatorio Santa Cecilia – study visit, Rome
2012: International Bartók Seminary – Masterclass of Louis Andriessen és Fabio Nieder, Szombathely
2012: Academy of Music in Cracow– study visit, Cracow


Website:
www.kecskesdbalazs.com

Contact: balazskecskesd[at]gmail.com