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Máté Bella

Composition Department

20th Century Styles of Composing in Practice, Composition Main Subjects, Transposing and Score Reading

Born: 28.11.1985, Budapest

Position at Liszt Academy: senior lecturer

Studies:
2018: Doctor of Liberal Arts (DLA) 'Summa Cum Laude'. Thesis of a Dissertation: Organizing Principles in Witold Lutosławski’s String Quartet (1964)
2014–2015: Péter Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation - composition, Budapest; Prof. Péter Eötvös
Feb 2013–Jun 2013 Academy of Music in Kraków – composition, Cracow; Prof. Wojciech Widłak
2011–2014: Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music DLA – composition, Budapest; Prof. Zoltán Jeney
2006–2011: Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music – composition, Budapest; Prof. Gyula Fekete
2002–2006: Béla Bartók Secondary Music School – composition, Budapest; Prof. Miklós Kocsár
2001–2002: Leó Weiner Secondary Music School – composition, Budapest; Prof. Lóránt Hajdú
1998–2001: Academic Catholic Secondary School, Budapest
1992–1998: Ferenc Erkel Primary School for Music, Budapest

Teaching experience:
2019- : Teaching Composition-main subject and stylistic exercises at the Liszt Academy, DLA Senior Lecturer
2013–2019: Teaching Composition-main subject and stylistic exercises at the Liszt Academy, DLA Assistant Lecturer
2012–2013: Teaching Composition-main subject at the Liszt Academy, DLA Demonstrator

Awards:
2020: Fonogram – Hungarian Music Award (Mostantól)
2019: Bartók–Pásztory Award
2016: Erkel Ferenc Award
2015: Artisjus Award (Classical Music Composer of the Year in Junior Category)
2014: Tribune Internationale des Compositeurs (Trance)
2012: Istvánffy Benedek Award (Spring Awakening)
2011: Theatre Critics Award – Best music theatre (Pál Závada:  Hungarian holiday,   National Theatre of Hungary)
2010: Junior Prima Award
2010: Istvánffy Benedek Award (Chuang Tzu's Dream)
2010: Tribune Internationale des Compositeurs (Chuang Tzu's Dream)

Scholarships:
Sep 2017 – Jan 2018: New National Excellence Program

Artistic activities:
Member of MZT Artistic Advisory Committee, ARTISJUS Classical Music Authors Committee, Hungarian Composers' Association, Hungarian Film Academy and founding member of STUDIO 5 composer group.

Competition Results:
2020: Petőfi Music Award – „Song of the Year”, (A DAL 2020 - „Mostantól”)
2015: GENERACE Composer Competition – 1st prize, Ostrava
2013: UMZF Composer Competition for chamber music – 1st prize, Budapest
2013: GENERACE Composer Competition – 1st prize, Ostrava
2010: Madách Theatre musical competition – 3rd prize, Budapest
2010: Liszt Academy Composer Competition – shared 3rd prize, Budapest
2009: Liszt Academy Composer Competition – 1st prize, Budapest
2009: Youth Contemporary Music Evening – Special prize, Budapest
2009: UMZF Composer Competition for chamber music – 1st prize, Budapest
2008: 9th Theatre and Art Festival (Zdarzenia) – Special prize, Tczew
2008: Kispest Holiday Song Competition – Special prize, Budapest
2008: Youth Contemporary Music Evening – Special prize, Budapest
2007: Liszt Academy Composer Competition – Shared 1st prize, Budapest
2007: Theatre and Film University – “best songwriter” award, Budapest
2007: Youth Contemporary Music Evening – Special prize, Budapest
2006: Vántus István Composer Competition – Special prize, Szeged
2006: National Composition Competition – 3rd prize, Budapest
2004: National Composition Competition – Special prize, Budapest
2003: 6th International Composition Competition (Farbotony) – 1st prize, Kaniv
2003: National Improvisation Competition – 3rd prize, Budapest
2002: Weiner Leó Composition Competition – 1st prize, Budapest

Master classes:
2016: Lucerne Festival Academy, Lucerne – Professors: Wofgang Rihm, Olga Neuwirth
2013: Budapest-Basel Masterclass, Budapest-Basel – Professors: Péter Eötvös, László Tihanyi
2013: International Bartók Seminary, Szombathely – Professor: Gyula Fekete, Csaba Faltay
2013: Chamber opera workshop for composers, Budapest – Professors: Péter Eötvös, Luca Francesconi, András Almási-Tóth
2011: Where from? Where to? Myths – Nation – Identities Workshop, Frankfurt – Resident conductor: Péter Eötvös
2010 Workshop of the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Budapest
2007: Hudson – Danube Project, New York – Budapest – Resident conductor: Joel Sachs
2007: International Bartók Seminary, Szombathely – Professors: Zoltán Jeney, Johannes Schöllhorn
2006: International Bartók Seminary, Szombathely – Professor: Péter Eötvös
2004: International Festival of Classical and Modern Music (Farbotony), Kaniv

Major works:
2019 The Coronation of Poppea (Transcription of the original Monteverdi's opera, Hungarian State Opera, Budapest)
2019 Mostantól (Pop Music, Hungarian Song Contest 'A Dal' 2020 - Hungarian Duna Television)
2018 Sounds of Generation Y Part II (Symphony Orchestra and Cimbalom solo, Theater & Philharmonie Thüringen Orchester, Gera)
2018 Varródermia (brass band; STUDIO 5 & Szeged Trombone Ensemble, Uránia Nemzeti Filmszínház, Budapest)
2018 Tabula Smaragdina (Chamber Orchestra and Soprano; Let's Touch Time Trilogy, Commissioned by the Doelen Ensemble, Codarts University of the Arts and Liszt Academy; De Doelen, Rotterdam)
2017 Hesperus (Ensemble; premier: 2019.02.16 Studio 104 de Radio France, Ensemble InterContemporain, Paris)
2015 Laniakea (Ensemble, CAFe Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival, Liszt Academy - Grand Hall, Münchener Kammerorchester, Budapest)
2015 Sounds of Generation Y (Symphony Orchestra, Ar-Trium Concert Series, Studio 6, Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Budapest)
2015 Lethe (String Orchestra, Musica Viva Concert Series, Hercules Hall, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, München)
2014 Peace (mixed a cappella chorus; Commissioned by the European Concert Hall Organisation 'ECHO' for the Centenary Anniversary of the outbreak of World War One, Cité de la musique, Paris)
2014 Hypnos (Ensemble; Ar-Trium Concert Series, Studio 6, Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Budapest)
2013 It Can’t Be Over (Fool Moon - Hungarian a cappella band, Hungarian Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Final - Hungarian Television M1)
2013 Reflections (Chamber Music, Students of the Hochschule für Musik, Basel)
2013 Trance (Solo Violin and Ensemble; Members of the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Budapest Music Center, Budapest)
2012 Spring Awakening (Opera in One Act; Libretto by András Almási-Tóth, Based on the play by Frank Wedekind, Liszt Academy of Music – Opera Studies Department, Hungarian State Opera, Budapest)
2012 I Gotta Fly (Pop Music, Hungarian Eurovision Song Contest 2013 Semifinal - Hungarian Television M1)
2011 The Night’s Monologue (Male Voice and Symphony Orchestra; Music for the drama          “Csongor and Tünde” by Mihály Vörösmarty, Alma Mater Orchestra, Budapest)
2010 “…in paradise” (string quartet; Study to the 3rd movement of Joseph Haydn’s “The Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross” [Hob. XX/1:B] – Stadler Quartett, Votive Church, Szeged)
2009 Something Happened… (Chamber Music; Ensemble Intercontemporain, Trafó, Budapest)
2009 Chuang Tzu’s Dream (Solo Cello and Ensemble; UMZE Chamber Ensemble, Palace of Arts, Budapest)
2007 Equivalence (Ensemble; The Juilliard School of Music, New York)

Theatre works:
2018: The Cat Demon (Musical Comedy, Operett Theatre, Budapest)
2017: Mother Hulda (Applied Music, Budapest Puppet Theatre)
2016: The Imaginary Invalid (Applied Music, Budapest Puppet Theatre)
2014: Lumpáciusz Vagabundusz (Applied Music, Víg Theatre, Budapest)
2013: Danton’s Death (Applied Music, Víg Theatre, Budapest)
2013: Mephisto (Applied Music, National Theatre of Hungary, Budapest)
2011: Woyzeck (Keyboard Player and Conductor, József Katona Theatre, Budapest)
2010: Hungarian Celebration (Applied Music, National Theatre of Hungary, Budapest)
2010 Better than Sex (Musical Comedy, Countyard Theatre, London)
2010: The Cat Demon (Musical Comedy, Madách Theatre, Budapest)
2009: Intrigue and Love (Applied Music, Palace of Arts, Budapest)
2009: Berzsián and Dideki (Applied Music, National Theatre of Hungary, Budapest)
2009: Who the F**k is Lady Domina? (Musical Comedy, University of Theatre- and Film Art, Budapest)
2007: Widows (Applied Music, University of Theatre- and Film Art, Budapest)

Film works:
2016: Just Drop Dead!

 

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