Technique should create itself from spirit not from mechanics.

Franz Liszt to Lina Raman

Péter Erdei

27 July 2018

 

Director of the Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music, Kecskemét, 1974-2008.

Professor of choral conducting at the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest. 

Permanent guest professor of the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, CN. 

Artistic director of the Alma Mater Choir of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music.

Founder and conductor of the New Liszt Ferenc Chamber Choir, 2010.

Co-founder of the Kodály Musical Training Institute, USA, 1969.

For many years he has conducted choirs like the Hungarian Radio Choir, the Kodály Choir of Debrecen, and the Teachers' Choir of Kecskemét.

Chairman of the Artistic Board of the Béla Bartók International Choral Competition of Debrecen, 2002-2008.

Conductor of the World Youth Choir, 2000.

In the last 3 decades he has given first performances, made recordings of many contemporary Hungarian choral works.

He has given masterclasses and served as adjudicator at the most prestigious festivals and competitions like Arezzo, Cork, Debrecen, Hong Kong, Llangollen, Marktoberdorf, Tours, Singapore etc.

The President of the Hungarian Republic awarded him the Order of Merit (civilian) Officer Cross in 1995. The King of Norway awarded him the Order of Merit Chief Officer Cross in 2002.

Among many awards he holds the Liszt Prize and the Bartók-Pásztory Prize for performing arts in Hungary, Kodály Prize of the Pro Renovanda Cultura Hungariae Foundation and the Honorary Doctorate of Capital University, Ohio, USA.

 

 

He received his degree in solfege-music theory and conducting from the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest in 1968. His teachers were Zoltán Vásárhelyi, István Párkai, Lajos Bárdos, Zoltán Gárdonyi and Erzsébet Szőnyi.

Teaching and musical activity:

1968-1972: co-founder and teacher of the Kodály Musical Training Institute, Boston, USA.

1972-1974: teacher of the Debrecen Conservatory of Music, Hungary.

1973-2003 and 2005-2014: professor of the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest.

2006-2014: conductor of the Alma Mater Choir of the Liszt Academy.

1974-1990 and 1992-2008: director and conducting teacher of the Kodály Institute, Kecskemét, Hungary.

1983-1985, 1998-2000 and 2003-2006: chief conductor of the Kodály Choir Debrecen, Hungary.

1990-1992: chief conductor of the Hungarian Radio and Television Choir.

1976-2005: conductor of the Teachers' Choir of Kecskemét (today known as Cantus Nobilis Choir of Kecskemét).

2000: conductor of the World Youth Choir.

2010-2014: founding conductor of the New Liszt Ferenc Chamber Choir.

2016-: founding conductor of the Kecskemét Choral Society.

2002-2008: president of the Artistic Board of the Béla Bartók International Choir Competition, Debrecen.

 

Awards, recognitions:

Ferenc Liszt Prize, 1992
József Katona Prize, 1994
"For the Kodály Institute" Award, 1994, 2008
Bács-Kiskun County's Pro Arte Award, 1996
Ágoston Trefort Award, 2001
Kodály Prize of the Pro Renovanda Cultura Hungariae Foundation, 2004
Kecskemét Felsőoktatásáért és Tudományos Életéért Díj, 2007
Bartók-Pásztory Prize for Performing Arts, 2009
Order of Merit (civilian) Officer Cross of the Hungarian Republic, 1995
Artist of Merit Award of the Hungarian Republic, 2010
Order of Merit Chief Officer Cross, from the King of Norway, 2002
Visiting Professor of the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, China
Honorary Doctorate of Capital University, Ohio, USA
Honorary President of KÓTA (Association of Hungarian Choirs, Orchestras and Ensembles)
Music Award of the Hungarian Academy of Arts, 2018
Lifetime Achievement Award of KÓTA, 2019
Lifetime Achievement Award of OAKE (Organization of American Kodály Educators), 2019