Composer, ethnomusicologist, pedagogue, linguist and philosopher in the 19th-20th century
Throughout his adult life Kodály was very interested in the problems of many types of music education, and he wrote a large volume of material on teaching methods as well as composing plenty of music intended for children's use. He established a set of principles to follow in music education that are called the “Kodály Method”.
composer, virtuoso pianist, conductor, teacher and Franciscan tertiary in the 19th century
Liszt gained renown in Europe during the early nineteenth century for his virtuosic skill as a pianist. He was said by his contemporaries to have been the most technically advanced pianist of his age, and in the 1840s he was considered to be the greatest pianist of all time.
composer and pianist in the 20th century
He is considered one of the most important composers of the 20th century; he and Liszt are regarded as Hungary's greatest composers. Through his collection and analytical study of folk music, he was one of the founders of comparative musicology, which later became ethnomusicology.
an extraordinary pianist and composer of the 20th century
He studied the tricks of the trade with the greatest classical music masters for nearly 25 years, and then did experiments for another 10 years to create his peculiar and unique musical world. As a contemporary composer he has launched four completely different musical projects, including compositions for a symphony orchestra, the rock drum and the piano.
soloist, coloratura soprano
She started to spend a lot of time singing at the age of 16. Soon she went on to study music at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Szeged as well as in Milan and New York. She became a soloist at the Hungarian State Opera in 1990. Her signature role is the Queen of the Night from Mozart's The Magic Flute.
Hungarian-born composer of the 20th century
Best known for his nearly one hundred film scores, he nevertheless maintained a steadfast allegiance to absolute concert music throughout what he called his "double life." Rózsa became prominent in the film industry from such early scores as The Four Feathers (1939) and The Thief of Bagdad (1940). The latter project brought him to America when production was transferred from wartime Britain. His notable Hollywood career earned him considerable fame, including Academy Awards for Spellbound (1945), A Double Life (1947), and Ben-Hur (1959).
Hungarian-French composer and virtuoso pianist of the 20th century
Cziffra is most known for his recordings of Franz Liszt's virtuoso works. He also recorded many of Frédéric Chopin's compositions and those of Robert Schumann. Cziffra is also well-known for his technically demanding transcriptions of several orchestral works for the piano – among them, one of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee, written in interlocking octaves. He is considered to be one of the greatest technicians on the piano in the 20th century.
composer of contemporary classical music
Ligeti has been described as "one of the most important avant-garde composers in the latter half of the twentieth century" and "one of the most innovative and influential among progressive figures of his time. Ligeti's music is best known to the general public for its use in the films of Stanley Kubrick. The soundtrack to 2001: A Space Odyssey includes excerpts from four of his pieces: Atmosphères, Lux Aeterna, Requiem and an electronically altered version of Aventures unlisted in the film credits (in the cryptic final scenes).
contemporary folk-song singer and performer
Bea is continually studying the art of song. The strength of her talent is such that she is able to use what she learns to develop her own style. She spent her childhood in the village of Bag, where she danced and sang in the local dance-group. In 2002 she started her solo career. She performs Hungarian and Bulgarian folk music; besides this she plays jazz and world music. She has also studied both Indian and Persian music.
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contemporary singer, composer, producer
He became known after having won the International Blues Challenge organized in Memphis in 2013. He was also nominated for the American Blues Music Award. He started his career in Hungary as a drummer, then turned to the guitar, but in 2004 he decided to travel to the US – the home of the blues – to deepen his musical knowledge and devote all his time to the this genre. In 2014 he was asked to be one of the 4 mentors on the Hungarian X – Factor.