Biography

Short 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 2017 Mr. Virágh 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) 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.

Detailed biography

András Gábor Virágh has been the Titular Organist of the Saint Steven Basilica, Budapest, and he has been also lecturer for composition, forms and analysis, instrumentation and solfeggio at the Franz Liszt University of music, Budapest (2014-), and at the Faculty of Music of the University of Debrecen (2010-2014). From September 2013 is Mr. Virágh has taken part in the composition DLA program of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music. 
His first teachers were Endre Virágh, András Virágh (organ) and István Koloss (composition). From the Autumn of 1998 until 2010 he was the organist of the Virgin Mary Main Parish Church in the city centre of Budapest. In 1999 he was admitted to the Béla Bartók Secondary School of Music, where his organ teacher was Zsuzsa Elekes and his composition teacher was István Fekete Gyõr. From September 2003 he was a student of Peter Planyavsky. In 2004 he started to major in organ playing at the Conservatory of the University of Debrecen where his professors were Dezsõ Karasszon, DLA, Szilárd Kovács, DLA and Hedvig Jakab, DLA. He graduated with honours in 2009. From 2005 until 2009 he was invited to occupy the post of organist and accompanist of the ‘Kántus’ (mixed youth choir) of the Reformed College of Debrecen by their teacher and conductor, Sándor Berkesi. In 2013 he has finished his composition studies at the Franz Liszt University of Music in Budapest, where his professor was Gyula Fekete DLA. In 2017 Mr. Virágh 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) and the EMB (Editio Musica Budapest).
Outside Hungary he performed both as a composer and as a performing artist in Austria, Czech Republic, France, Holland, Germany, Romania, Switzerland, Serbia-Montenegro, Slovakia, Israel the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

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

THE BEST CONTEMPORARY PIECE PRIZE

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