BIOGRAPHY

Ákos ZARÁNDY, born in Budapest, 1982.

He finished secondary school on solfeggio-music theory faculty at the Szent István Király Conservatory of Music in Budapest. Thanks to the enthusiasm of the leaders of the institute, his first symphonic pieces were performed several times by the institute’s orchestras. Zarándy started his professional composition studies in the Conservatory in 2000 with Professor László Draskóczy.

He started the faculty of choral conducting in 2001 and graduated in 2006 at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest. Between 2004 and 2009 he studied on the faculty of composition, where his professors were Zoltán Jeney and János Vajda.

In April, 2009 the first parts of his first opera, entitled “Las dos Fridas,” were successfully performed in his composition diploma concert with the participation of vocal and instrumental soloists well known in Hungarian music life (Ildikó Szakács, Ágnes Herczku, Csaba Klenyán, László Ernyei, Ditta Rohmann, András Szalai, László Tömösközi) with the accompaniment of the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by László Tihanyi. The performance was followed by positive reviews in the professional media.

In February, 2011 his symphonic piece, entitled "Nightmare Symphony" (a suite version of his Frida opera) was selected and performed in the most important Hungarian composition competition, “New Hungarian Musical Forum 2011 Competition” in the great hall of the Palace of Arts. It was performed by the Concerto Budapest orchestra, conducted by András Keller.

On the gala concert Nightmare Symphony got the special award of Fidelio Media.

The gala concert was broadcasted live in Bartók, National Radio. The piece is published by the BMC records on promotion CD-s and in form of scores by Editio Musica Budapest.

He was one of the winners of the one-act opera competition of the National Cultural Fund in Hungary in 2011.

Zarándy has regularly participated in several contemporary music festivals in Hungary (Korunk Zenéje, Budapesti Őszi Fesztivál, Ifjúsági Kortárs Zenei Estek, Con Spirito) and also on abroad (Austria, Czech Repuplic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Sweden, Turkey, United States and Mexico) while many of his pieces have been recorded and broadcasted by Bartók, National Radio.

As of 2009 he has been a solfeggio and music theory teacher at the Szent István Király Primary Music School and Conservatory of Music.

In November, 2010 he moved to Mexico where he spent six months composing Mexican theme pieces, organising concerts and giving private music lessons.

From September, 2013 he has been the Chorus Master at the Male Choir of the Szent István Király Conservatory of Music.

Zarándy is fascinated by different fields of art. From the creature to the performance of his pieces he very often works together with folk and pop musicians, actors, poets, directors, choreographers and painters. Besides contemporary classical music, his work includes theatre and film music composition too, electric and bar music as well as basic DJ activities.

 

International Contemporary Music Festivals, Courses:

 

2007-2008. Budapest, Vienna

„Herausragende, innoative Aktivitäten des Instituts für Komposition und Elektroakustik”

Johannes Kretz, Andrea Szigetvári

 

2008. Amsterdam

„Gaudeamus Music Week”

 

2009. Ostrava

„Ostrava Days - New Music Festival”

Richard Ayres, Petr Kotík, Michael Schumacher, Christian Wolff

 

2010. Kraków

„Audio Art Festival, Polish-Hungarian Workshop”

 

2010. Debrecen

“Béla Bartók 24th International Choir Competition”

 

2011. Szombathely

International Bartók Seminar and Festival