Singing Youth at Bitef
Our choir theatre Singing Youth has been invited by the curators of the 57th Bitef. Co-creators: Judit Böröcz and Bence György Pálinkás. Coreography: Zsófia Tamara Vadas. Performers: Benjámin Bozi, Péter Fehérváry, György Juhász, Maxim Jurin, Katalin Mezei, and Eszter Sokhegyi.
Dates, location: Sunday 08-10-2023 and Monday 09-10-2023, at 20:00 each day, Bitef Theatre, Belgrade, Serbia.
The exhibition of gobelin-designer Judit Nagy will be introduced by the speech of art-historian Eszter Molnár and the premiere of my vocal duet Bichos raros – 3 flutters for 2 voices sung by Katalin Mezei and Eszter Sokhegyi.
Date, location: Tuesday 05-09-2023, 17:00, Óbudai Társaskör – Pincegaléria, Budapest, Hungary.
The Voice of the Violin: the Premiere of Nova Scotia
„Historical violinist Rudolf Balázs offers a ‘sound tasting’ journey through the many colours of ‘The Voice of the Violin’. A special highlight of this concert is a new piece, which was composed for this event by Hungarian composer Máté Szigeti.”
Date, location: Tuesday 16-05-2023, 13:15, St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, EC4Y 8AU London.
Singing Youth on stage during the Wiener Fest Wochen
Singing Youth has been invited by the Wiener Fest Wochen. It will be on stage three times during the festival. Fellow-creators: Judit Böröcz and Bence György Pálinkás. Coreography: Zsófia Tamara Vadas. Performers: Benjámin Bozi, Péter Fehérváry, György Juhász, Maxim Jurin, Katalin Mezei, and Eszter Sokhegyi.
Dates and location: Thursday, 01-06-2023, Friday, 02-06-2023, Saturday, 03-06-2023, at 20:30 each day, Schauspielhaus Wien, Austria.
With Judit and Bence, we are also going to run a workshop and a guided tour during the festival. Date and location to be confirmed soon.
In memoriam Wilheim András
New pieces written for the memory of András Wilheim, including my trio Landini, which will be played by Mária Fajd-Kerner (piccolo), Péter Tornyai (viola) and Tamás Zétényi (cello).
Date, location: 21-01-2023, 18:00, FUGA Budapest Center of Architecture, Budapest.
Berzsenyi and Burns Meet in Tasmania
On composer Dominic Flynn’s invitation, my piece for solo saxophone my heart is not here – kékellő halmok will be performed by Thomas McKay as part of the concert series Line Tracing. Other composers of the programme include Michael Finnissy, Dominic Flynn, Hellgart Mahler and Toru Takemitsu.
Date, location: Friday, 09-12-2022, 20:00 (9:00 UTC), Peacock Theatre, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
Singing Youth – Autumn Performances
Singing Youth will be the opening event of Fast Forward Festival 2022 in Dresden, and will be on stage again on the following evening. The Hungarian audience will also have the chance to watch it in Budapest.
Thursday, 10-11-2022, 18:00 and Friday, 11-11-2022, 18:30, Staatsschauspiel, Kleines Haus, Dresden.
Thursday, 24-11-2022, Trafó Kortárs Művészetek Háza, Budapest.
Noisy Nights in Aberdeen
My piece Her Absence will not Alter me – An Air upon a Ground will be featured in Red Note Ensemble’s late night concert in Aberdeen. Performers: Fiona Winning – viola, Iain Crawford – contrabass, Tom Hunter – vibrahone, conducted by John Harris.
Date, location: Wednesday, 26-10-2022, 21:00, The Anatomy Rooms, Aberdeen.
Composers of Hermina Artist Collective at the Exhibition of Design Without Borders 2022
The world premiere of my piece Uncompetitive Flowers will be part of the event along with works by János Bali, Balázs Horváth, Krisztina Megyeri and László Sándor. Performers: Máté Bán – alto flute, Tamás Zétényi – cello.
Date, location: Sunday, 16-10-2022, 16:30, Kiscelli Múzeum, Budapest.
The Inaugural Concert of the P.O.N.S. Ensemble
My piece 5 Sad Ayres from South of England for the first time on gut strings, performed by Róza Lachegyi (baroque violin) and Dóra Pétery (harpsichord). Other composers featured in the concert: János Bali, Barnabás Dukay, J-F Rebel, J. B. de Boismortier, E. J. de la Guerre.
Date, location: 8-9-2022, 17:00, Bartók Béla Unitárius Egyházközség, Budapest.
Thirteen contemporary reflections on Bach’s unfinished contrapunctus from the Art of Fugue. All the composers are members of CentriFUGA, a platform for contemporary music, many concerts of which have been hosted by FUGA Budapest Center of Architecture, a symbolic place that is undergoing significant changes at the moment posing risks to the contemporary art scene in Hungary. My piece Dawn Chorus on Some of Bach’s Omitted Notes written specifically for the event will be performed by Annamária Bán (alto flute), László Sándor (violin), Péter Tornyai (viola), Eszter Agárdi (cello), and András Németh (piano).
Date, location: 19-07-2022, 17:00, FUGA Budapest Center of Architecture, Budapest.
Singing Youth – Second Performance
Date, location: Tuesday, 15-02-2022, 20:00, Trafó Kortárs Művészetek Háza, Budapest.
Earlier, more and most recent pieces on words by Dezső Tandori. Performers: Judit Rajk, László Borbély, András Szalai, József Rácz. Composers: Bálint Horváth, Zoltán Jeney, Csanád Kedves, György Kurtág, Zsolt Serei, Máté Szigeti and Péter Tornyai.
Date, location: Sunday, 09-01-22, 17:00, FUGA Budapest Center of Architecture, Budapest.
New Version of Highlanders’ Companion
Two months after its premier, my piece a Highlanders’ Companion for Tuneful Life Events will be performed in a new and extended version by János Bali, Bálint Bolcsó, Roderick Hill, Virág Hofbauer, Krisztina Megyeri, Gábor Monostori and Anna Páljános. The concert is the first event of a series of performances featuring works by artirsts of the Hermina Collective. Further events will take place on 21st and 27th November.
Date, location: Sunday, 24-10-21, 17:00, Kiscelli Múzeum, Budapest.
Undoubtedly the largest and most complex work that I wrote in 2021 with my fellow-creators Judit Böröcz and Bence Pálinkás achieved its premier on 23rd August. The theatrical work was hosted by the Liberty Festival (Greek Inclusion – Migration Stories Yesterday and Today) and Trafó House of Contemporary Arts.
Written and directed by: Judit Böröcz, György Bence Pálinkás, Máté Szigeti
Music by Máté Szigeti
Choir director: Péter Fehérváry
Choreographer: Zsófia Tamara Vadas
Vocalists: Benjamin Bozi, Péter Fehérváry, Maxim Jurin , Katalin Mezei, Eszter Sokhegyi, Máté Szilvay
Light technician: Balázs Szabon
Video: Sári Ember
Photo: Sári Ember, Dániel Pék
Production: Trafó House of Contemporary Arts
Supporters: Budapest Főváros Önkormányzata, Staféta, Nemzeti Kulturális Alap, FÜGE Produkció, Jurányi Produkciós Közösségi Inkubátorház
The production was realized in the framework of the Staféta program, announced and supported by the Municipality of Budapest.
The performance is created in the framework of the Liberty international partnership with the support of the Creative Europe Program of the European Union.
Programme notes published on Trafó’s website:
What did Singing Youth sing in the 1950s and what do they sing today? What messages are conveyed through their songs from positions of power? What ideas are embodied by the works of art commissioned and put on display in public space? Which artists are frequent performers at political party events? What do the favourite bands of the regime sing about? Do you sing along?
Makris Agamemnon’s statue, Singing Youth was erected at the passage leading to the People’s Stadium in 1953 and it has been standing there until this day along with other statues, surviving the regime change, when many artworks made in the socialist era were removed from public space. The stadium was torn down and a new one, the Puskás Arena was built, re-using crushed concrete from its predecessor. Singing Youth, double life-size aluminium figures of two girls and a boy with a flute, bear witness to the last 70 years of Hungarian history full of turbulent times, during which music and culture in general remained important in young people’s lives and was a key tool for politicians to communicate or promote their ideas, ideologies.
The People’s Stadium (1953) represented the success of the first five-year plan, the Puskás Arena is the symbolic building of the System of National Cooperation. They were both built using public funds; the first dedicated to the people, the second to the nation. These two phrases seem similar but they convey different interpretations of us. Singing Youth took popular movement songs from 1945-56 and pop, rock, songs from 2010-20 (associated with the regime) as a departure point along with public speeches from those in power to make a collage of text and music dealing with these interpretations.
The three figures of Singing Youth are doubled on stage: our world as represented in these songs, come to life through the performance of six young singer-performers.
Highlanders’ Companion for Tuneful Life Events
My new piece Highlanders’ Companion for Tuneful Life Events was programmed in Garten Festival 2021, and was performed on 15th August in Felsőörs, in a version specifically made for members and friends of BIO (Budapest Improvisers Orchestra).
5 Sad Ayres from South of England
József Rácz and Dóra Pétery performed my piece for violin and harpsichord for the first time. The premier took place in the first hour of the concert-marathon dedicated to architect Bálint Nagy on 24th May 2021.
…senza basso – sulla natura della rimembranza
Originally written for baroque flute, …senza basso – sulla natura della rimembranza was played in a new version for modern flute by Hajnalka Csepregi on 9th March 2021 in the second concert of the 3rd Festival of Young Composers, Szeged.
The Book of Sonatas for Viols
The complete series of my viol sonatas will be performed in a concert along with interludes composed specifically for the event by composers Bálint Horváth, Máté Balogh, Csanád Kedves, Péter Tornyai and Lőrinc Szécsi. For the first time, the sonatas will be played in their original version for viols by Nóra Kallai, Júlia Regős and Réka Nagy.
Date, location: Sunday, 18-10-2020, 18:00, FUGA Budapest Center of Architecture, Budapest.
I will return to the concert life with two premieres. My 2016 woodwind trio Heat and my brand new trio St Kilda Variations will be performed by an outstanding group of musicians, Béla Horváth (oboe), Csaba Klenyán (clarinet, bass clarinet), Ramóna Tóth (bassoon), and András Németh (piano). The latter was supposed to be programmed for a concert in March, but it was not even completed by then, as with all the dramatic twists, cancellations, and generally with the life coming to a halt, deadlines just became absolutely meaningless. From then, writing the piece was like writing a kind of a quarantine diary. Not many of my music do reflect with such transparency to how I live, how I cope, how I observe and how I long for things; and although this one too has a more abstract layer, I would have elaborated it in a very different way before the “great isolation”.
Besides my pieces, the concert features works by composers Csanád Kedves and Tamás Matkó. Details of the event: https://bmc.hu/programok/talalkozasok-kedves-csanad-matko-tamas-es-szigeti-mate-szerzoi-estje
Date, location: Saturday, 19-09-2020, 19:00, Budapest Music Centre, Budapest.
Update March 2020
Due to temporary public health regulations, the concerts featuring my pieces have been postponed to dates yet to be confirmed. Although it is more than likely that the public events are suspended until the end of summer 2020, watch this space for updates on premieres of new works including a set of pieces for violin and harpsichord entitled 5 Sad Ayres from South of England, and St. Kilda Variations for oboe, clarinet and piano. Take care of yourselves, and keep in touch!
Canciones excéntricas de nuevo
As a kind of an encore after an exciting period full of concerts, my piece Canciones excéntricas for three singers and a pianist will be performed again in a concert given by DLA candidates of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest. Singers: Edina Békefi, Andrea Brassói-Jőrös, Nóra Tatai. Piano: Ferenc János Szabó.
Date, location: Thursday, 19-12-2019, 19:00, Liszt Academy, Solti Chamber Hall, Budapest.
An extraordinary selecition of pieces to celebrate an extraordinary scholar, András Wilheim. My piece Elude originally written for the Erik Satie-anniversary in 2016 will be played by Máté Bán (flute), Csaba Klenyán (clarinet), Péter Tornyai (viola) and Tamás Zétényi (cello).
Date, location: Monday, 02-12-2019, 18:00, FUGA Budapest Center of Architecture, Budapest.
Parallel Canones – Concert Tour in Transylvania with composer-performers of CentriFUGA
My piece ‘L’homme armé After-sounds – 4 Supercanones on Francisco de Peñalosa’s Agnus Dei’ for cimbalom and string trio will be played three times in different venues in Transilvania as part of a concert programme featuring Ockeghem and composers of CentriFUGA: Máté Balogh, Bálint Horváth, Csanád Kedves, Márton Géza Szőcs and Péter Tornyai. Performers: András Szalai (cimbalom), Márton Géza Szőcs (violin), Péter Tornyai (viola), Tamás Zétényi (cello) and Csanád Kedves (conductor).
1. Sunday, 03-11-2019, 19:00, Szent István Hall, Székelyudvarhely (Odorheiu Secuiesc).
2. Monday, 04-11-2019, 19:00, Csíki Mozi, Csíkszereda (Miercurea Ciuc).
3. Tuesday, 05-11-2019, 19:00, Kultúrpalota, Kisterem, Marosvásárhely (Târgu Mureș).
Composers and performers will get together to celebrate the decade-long existence FUGA Budapest Center of Architecture, a unique and prolific platform of contemporary art.
Date, location: Sunday, 06-10-2019, 18:00, FUGA Budapest Center of Architecture, Budapest.
A piece of mine based on a poem by St Teresa of Ávila and written for three female voices and piano will be performed twice in September: first in Pécs, later in Budapest. Singers: Edina Békefi, Andrea Brassói-Jőrös, Nóra Tatai. Piano: Ferenc János Szabó.
1. Tuesday, 17-09-2019, 18:00, House of Art and Literature, Pécs.
2. Thursday, 19-09-2019, 18:00, Bartók Memorial House, Budapest.
Easter Lines is a piece for an ensemble of unlimited number of recorders, which was written as an outcome of a join project with visual artist Anna Peternák. The piece will be premiered in the opening concert for the exhibition ‘Passageway’ featuring works by members of Hermina Artist Collective. Recorder players: János Bali, Balázs Bánfi, Júlia Kaposi, Máté Szigeti, Éva Valóczki-Bánfi. Visitors can watch the video recording of the piece between 11th September and 4th October, weekdays from 10am to 6pm.
Date, location: Tuesday, 10-09-2019, 18:00, Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Barcsay Hall, Budapest.
String players currently studying in my hometown Szeged, premiered a piece from my Book of Sonatas for Viols. The string trio version of Segunda sonata was played by Kleopátra Tulpán, Gergely Kálmán and Dóra Károlyi on 13th March, in the final concert of the Second Festival of Young Composers, Szeged.
An extraordinary programme featuring pieces for gamelan and other kinds of percussive instruments, objects, piano and electronics written by composers of centriFUGA. As part of the concert, my piece Colonial Times – 19 Small Islands near West Java will be premiered by the members of Surya Kencana A, János Nevelő, Dzsanda Vitalij, András Térfy, and myself. The concert is an event of Transparent Sound New Music Festival.
Date, location: Sunday 13-01-2019, 19:00, FUGA Budapest Center of Architecture, Budapest.
Das Wohltemperierte Streichquartett
The Classicus Quartet has launched an epic series of concerts: each event of their project features pieces based on one particular note of the chromatic scale from C to B. The twelve-part series will be extended by 4 more ‘intermezzo-concerts’. (See more details in the webpage of Classicus Ensemble). My piece Second Movement (Beethoven) which is also part of my work Late Quartet will be played in the second concert, along with string quartets by Mozart, Schubert and Shostakovitch, all based on the note ‘C’.
Date, location: Saturday 28-04-2018, 18:00, BMC Main Hall, Budapest.
A fine selection of the most recent pieces for cimbalom written by Hungarian composers, featuring my new work Nuevas diferencias sobre el canto ‘Con qué la lavaré’ dedicated for cimbalom player and good friend András Szalai. Other composers in the programme: Máté Balogh, Gyula Csapó, Csanád Kedves, Tamás Matkó, László Sáry, Zsolt Serei, and Péter Tornyai.
Date, location: Sunday 25-03-2018, 18:00, FUGA Budapest Center of Architecture, Budapest.
More details here.
New Hungarian Song on Cultural Heights and Depths
A neo-baroque cantata based on a speech by MP Zoltán Balog. The text is about culture, funding, healthcare, education, and lamb stewing. The piece will be performed twice in the same week.
Dates and locations:
Public rehearsal: Monday, 18-09-2017, 18:00, Gólya, Budapest.
Premiere: Wednesday, 20-09-2017, 19:00, Bálint Sándor Művelődési Ház, Szeged.
Pints and Experimental Music
As part of the inaugural concert of our new-music ensemble Ensemble Out-Take, two pieces of mine will be played at a local pub in Southampton. A rare occasion to enjoy beverages and experimental music at the same time. Other featured composers are Laurence Crane, Christian Wolff, Millie Aldridge, and Christian Drew.
Date, location: Monday, 06-03-2017, 20:00-21:30, Talking Heads, Southampton.
I will be attending some of the concerts of the fantastic Canadian string quartet on their European tour, including the Hungarian premier of Gyula Csapó’s Déja? Kojá?, and a lecture-recital in Aberdeen. I will also have the opportunity to work on my recent piece Late Quartet with the musicians on a public workshop. The piece is a representative conclusion of my research on musical borrowing.
Date, location: Saturday, 29-10-2016, 10:00-17:00, The Anatomy Rooms, Aberdeen.
More info about the events: http://www.quatuorbozzini.ca/en/concerts/2016/
Young Composers in Szeged
Mylied, a piece of mine for piano solo will be premiered by György Klebniczki on a concert featuring composers related to my birth town.
Date, location: Tuesday, 11-10-2016, 19:00, Bálint Sándor Művelődési Ház, Szeged.
Not long after its premier, my piece Liederbuch is on concert again, this time with brand new people and venue. The programme offers an extremely diverse selection of pieces from renaissance songs to electronic improvisation. Liederbuch is going to be played by Dávid Kanyó (alto flute), Ábel Fazekas (bass clarinet), Beáta Móri (cimbalom), and Zsolt Sági (gitár).
Date, location: Saturday, 04-06-2016, 19:30, PostArt, Budaörs
Satie 150 in Edinburgh
My piece Elude (a truncated Satie-prelude) will be played by Ensemble Dissous on a concert celebrating Satie’s 150th birthday in Edinburgh.
Date, location: Tuesday, 17-05-2016, 18:30, Edinburgh Central Library, Edinburgh
See link for more details.
Summary about the past 12 months
Since I have not updated the News for a year, instead of advertising future concerts, I am going to write an annual report about the most important events of 2015.
On 21st June, we were celebrating Gyula Csapó on his 60th birthday. Although I was unable to attend the concert in Budapest, I had written a piece (Liederbuch) especially for the event. (Details)
A couple of days later, on 24th, my chamber piece La cinquiéme chanson de Jaufré Rudel got premiered on the closing concert of St. Magnus Composition Course in Kirkwall (Orkney Islands). (Details)
After I got back from Scotland, I had the good fortune to work with Norwegian percussionist Håkon Stene, on my piece, Niemandsland for vibraphone and objects, on a workshop at Turner Sims Hall, Southampton featuring other composers from the Department. The series of workshops ended with the ensemble Plus Minus this year. My recent piece In the Lovers’ Orchard written for 3-6 freely chosen instruments and piano, was played on clarinet, violin, electric guitar, and piano on the workshop held at Turner Sims Hall on 2nd November.
Remembrance Day Weekend
An eventful weekend with talks, public rehearsals, a composition workshop, and most of all: the UK premiere of Michael Finnissy’s large-scale work Remembrance Day for soloists, choir and orchestra. On Saturday morning, the Exaudi vocal ensemble will be performing pieces written by Southampton composers. Among these, my piece Place me on Sunium’s marbled steep is going to be sung.
Date and location of the Exaudi workshop: Saturday, 15-11-2014, 10:00-12:00, Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton.
Full programme for the weekend here.
Early Summer Happenings
My piece Sonatensatz will be on programme again, in Budapest. The concert is dedicated to Zsolt Serei’s 60th birthday, and involves pieces by Máté Balogh, Marcell Dargay, Csanád Kedves, Csaba Klenyán, Tamás Matkó, László Sándor, Zsolt Serei, Péter Tornyai and Ákos Zarándy. Sonatensatz will be played this time by Péter Surján (violin), Péter Tornyai (viola) and Tamás Zétényi (cello).
Date, location: Saturday 21-06-2014, 20:00, FUGA Budapest Center of Architecture
Nap. Futás – G.A.M.E and MaCaDam in Brussels
I can’t wait to hear Nap. Futás being premiered in Brussels, along with pieces by fellow students Alex Glyde-Bates and Ben Jameson.
Date, location: Tuesday, 11-03-2014, 20:30, Q-O2 workspace for experimental music and sound art, Brussels.
Pieces on the matter of durations. A Feldman-opus from 1961 (Durations III) in the centre of the programme.
Date, location: Friday, 08-11-2013, 13:00, Turner Sims Concert Hall, Southampton.
Viđ Djúpiđ Music Festival – Ísafjörđur, Iceland
Event of the year: the members of The DeClassified (info) premiered my clarinet quintet entitled Topographical Poetry on a concert of the festival held in Iceland. Besides two other pieces were played in the same programme by composers Ellis Ludwig-Leone and Árni Freyr Gunnarsson. The recording of my piece will soon be available here.
Date, location: Ísafjörđur, from 18th to 24th June 2012, Ísafjörđur, Iceland.
Concert with my colleagues’ participation
Date, location: 17-05-2012, 18:00, Zoltán Kodály Secondary School, Debrecen, Vár utca 1.
Me and Valéria Szilágyi are going to play my piece for two pianos written in 2006. Hungarian premiere!
THReNSeMBle in Debrecen!
Works by Samu Gryllus, Máté Szigeti, Péter Tornyai, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Franco Donatoni and some Soundpainting at the end.
Date, location: 28-02-2012, 19:00, Univeristy of Debrecen (Liszt Room)
After the 2012 premiere my THReNSeMBle Piece will be played again!
Trio Inception’s Concert
Trios for horn, cello and piano by composers Máté Balogh, Ádám Cser, Gyula Fekete, Csanád Kedves, Rezső Ott, Máté Szigeti and Péter Tornyai
Date, location: Sunday, 26-02-2012, 18:00, FUGA Budapest Center of Architecture
My piece Trio (5), first performed on Bartók Festival, Szombathely in 2011, will be played second time in this concert.
Detailed programme can be found here.
Kodály Zoltán-scholarship Winners’ Summary Concert
Pieces by Marcell Dargay, Samu Gryllus, Csanád Kedves, Emese Maróti, Tamás Matkó, Máté Szigeti together with various musicology lectures
Date, location: Saturday, 04-02-2012, 18:00, MTA Institute of Musicology (Táncsics M. utca. 7. 1014, Budapest)
My stringtrio, Sonatensatz will be played on this event.
Contemporaries – 2011
Kodály Zoltán- and Fischer Annie- scholarsship winners’ concert:
Pieces by Marcell Dargay, Csanád Kedves, Tamás Matkó and Máté Szigeti
Date, location: Sunday, 27-11-2011, 18:00, FUGA Budapest Center of Architecture
My piece, Fall (for clarinet solo) will be premiered on this concert.
Duo Harpverk at Café Rosenberg
Among many composers’ duos for harp and percussion, my piece for Duo Harpverk will be performed by Katie Buckley and Frank Aarnink.
Date, location: Wednesday, 2-11-2011, 21:00, Café Rosenberg, Reykjavík