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“… I think I speak for many others when I suggest that he should be invited again – we would all enrich our lives, if we get to know as many sides of this outstandingly talented musician and composer as possible.”

Balázs Szabó, feol.hu

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…His piece, Tre Hymni was a beautiful mixture of tradition and invention; it can be characterised by clean modesty and parts composed with best taste. Just when we were amazed by the mature way of handling the piano, we were distracted by a beautiful vocal or cello melody, while a perfectly portioned flute melody formed a counter-piece…

Márk Aszódi, revizoronline.com

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“… the sensitively composed piano movements are the diverse utterances of an independent composer without tinges of any reminiscence.”

Kristóf Csengery, Life and Literature

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“… and indeed, the world of music is familiar with him as an immaculately prepared composer who feels at home in a number of genres and has an excitingly unique style.”

Balázs Szabó, feol.hu

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“… the artist played all these extremely complex compositions by heart without a single mistake or musical error, with highly colourful registration, and with a high level of focus embracing all details, while the style of the performance was elegantly cool and unbelievably self-confident.”

Balázs Szabó, feol.hu

Biography

Biography

András Gábor Virágh has been the titular organist of the St. Stephen’s Basilica, Budapest, and also assistant lecturer for composition, forms and analysis, and solfeggio at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music (2012-) and the Faculty of Music of the University of Debrecen (2010-2014). His biggest recent achivements are the two national organ –, three national and three international composition awards, including first prize of the Los Angeles international composition competition in 2006 (where there were no other prizes), the Oradea international composition competition in 2008, and the ISA (International Summer Academy, Austria) international composition competition in 2012 (where there were no other prizes). In 2007/08 he won the „National Scholarship”, and for 2010/11 the „Annie Fischer Performers Scholarship”. In 2009 he recieved the „Superior Student of the Faculties of Sciences” award of the University of Debrecen – which is an award won by 8 students out of 30.000. In 2011 he awarded the „Junior Prima Prize”, which is the highest honour of the young generation. In 2013 he won the Composition Prize of the „Aurora Musis Amica” foundation and the Composition Prize of the Hungarian Academy of Arts. In 2015 and in 2017 Mr. Virágh awarded the Benedek Istvánffy composition prize and in 2017 he was honoured with the annual Ferenc Erkel Composer Award by the Government of Hungary. From 2014 Mr. Virágh’s compositions are published by the Ostinato Musikverlag (Germany), by the Norsk Musikforlag (Norway), by the Kontrapunkt Music Publisher (Budapest) and the EMB (Editio Musica Budapest). As an organist and as a composer he has performed in several countries in Europe in the UK, in Israel and in the USA as well.

 

Mastercourses attended:

Ewald Kooiman (Amsterdam), Zsigmond Szathmáry (Freiburg), Antal Váradi (Stuttgart) – organ

József Ács (Eschweiler), Zsolt Gárdonyi (Würzburg), Miklós Maros (Stockholm), Nigel Osborne (Edinburgh) – composition

Prizes, awards:

2017 BENEDEK ISTVÁNFFY  composition award

2017 FERENC ERKEL compositon award

2017 ZOLTÁN KODÁLY scholarship for composers

2015 BENEDEK ISTVÁNFFY composition award

2013 COMPOSITION PRIZE of the Hungarian Academy of Arts

2013 COMPOSITION PRIZE of the Aurora Musis Amica Foundation

2012 International Composition Competition, Mürzzuschlag, 1st PRIZE

(the jury gave no 2nd and 3rd prize)

2011 JUNIOR PRIMA PRIZE

2010 Composition Competition of the Franz Liszt University of Music, Budapest, 2nd PRIZE,

SPECIAL PRICE of the Society of the Hungarian Contemporary Music

2010 „ANNIE FISCHER” SHOLARSHIP OF PERFORMING ART

2010 Composition Competition of the Franz Liszt University of Music, Budapest, 1st PRIZE,

SPECIAL PRICES of the Society of the Hungarian Contemporary Music, and the Béla Bartók Memory House

2009 SCHOLARSHIP OF ARTS, Debrecen

2009 EXCELLENT STUDENT OF THE FACULTIES OF SCIENCES award, Debrecen

2008 Composition Competition of the Franz Liszt University of Music, Budapest, 1st PRIZE

2008 SPECIAL PRICE of the Society of the Hungarian Contemporary Music

2008 SCHOLARSHIP OF ARTS, Debrecen

2008 International Composition Competition, Oradea (Romania), 1st PRIZE

(the jury gave no 2nd prize)

2007 SCHOLARSHIP OF THE HUNGARIAN REPUBLIC

2006 International Composition Competition, Los Angeles (USA), 1st PRIZE

2006 Singing Competition of the University of Theatre and Film, Budapest,

THE BEST CONTEMPORARY PIECE PRIZE, (the jury gave no 2nd and 3rd prize)

2004 National Organ Competition, Szeged, 1st PRIZE

2003 First Zoltán Kodály National Organ Competition, Budapest, 2nd PRIZE,

and also a „PERFORMING PRIZE” for the performance of his Organ suite (which he wrote at the age of 17)

2002 First Béla Bartók National Composition Competition, Budapest, SPECIAL PRIZE