Biography

Zoltán Jeney

  • Szolnok, Hungary, 1943
  • Composer

1957-1961 Studies composition with Zoltán Pongrácz at the Zoltán Kodály Music High School in Debrecen. • 1961-1966 Studies composition with Ferenc Farkas at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. • 1967/68 Postgraduate studies with Goffredo Petrassi at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. • 1968 Soliloquium No. 1 for flute is premiered at the Gaudeamus Festival in Utrecht. • 1970 Founds the New Music Studio Budapest, in collaboration with Péter Eötvös, Zoltán Kocsis, László Sáry, Albert Simon and László Vidovszky. Very soon, Gyula Csapó, Barnabás Dukay, György Kurtág junior, Zsolt Serei and András Wilheim join the society. • 1971 Composes music for Zoltán Huszárik's film Szinbád. After the great success of the film he is asked to write music for several films. • 1972 Attends the Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt with special interest in lectures and music by Christian Wolff. • Completes Alef - Hommage á Schönberg for orchestra. The work is recorded in the same year by Hungaroton, with Péter Eötvös conducting. • 1973 Begins to transcribe extra-musical materials (eg. texts, meteorological data, chess games, telexes) into music. • 1974 Three concerts with the New Music Studio in Paris. • Undisturbed, the first joint composition with László Sáry and László Vidovszky generates controversy in Hungarian musical life. • 1975 Deeply involved in the poems of E.E. Cummings. • 1976 Tours France as member of Schola Hungarica, a choir specialising in Gregorian Chant. • 1978 During his visit to Greece he discovers a 'pseudo modal scale system' based on two ancient Greek scales. The system is explored in the hymn To Apollo. • Hungaroton releases the first portrait LP. • 1979 Lajos Kassák Prize from Magyar Mıhely, the Hungarian Literary Review published in Paris. • 1980 Premiére of Soliloquium No. 4 for organ at the Donaueschingen Festival. • 1981 Guest lecturet at a Summer composition seminar in Poland. • Receives invitation from Luigi Nono to organise concerts of new Hungarian music to celebrate Bartók"s 100th anniversary in Italy. • Elected member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Hungarian Musicians. • 1982 Awarded Ferenc Erkel Award from the Hungarian Ministry for Culture. • 1984 During a tour in Sweden over thirty of his works are given in nine concerts, five of them as world premiéres. • 1985 Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, New York City. Invited to lecture at several universities in the USA. A portrait concert is given at the Experimental Intermedia Foundation in New York. • 1986 Visiting professor at he Summer composition course in GyŒr (Hungary). • Associate professor at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, he teaches orchestration, baroque counterpoint, harmony and analysis of contemporary music. • 1988 Awarded Bartók Béla-Pásztory Ditta Award from the Bartók-Pásztory Foundation • 1988/89 Receives DAAD scholarship to reside in West Berlin. • 1990 Designated Merited Artist by the Hungarian Government. • Becomes member of the Board of the newly founded Hungarian Composers' Union. • 1991-1994 Becomes member of the Advisory Board to the Mayor of the Budapest Council. • 1992 Creates a sound-project - with László Vidovszky - for the Hungarian Pavilion at the World Expo in Seville. • 1993 Becomes member of the Executive Committee of the ISCM. • 1994 Commendatio animae, the first of the three parts of Funeral Rite, a large scale oratorio in progress is premiéred by the commissioning Budapest Festival Orchestra, conducted by Lord Yehudi Menuhin, in Budapest. • 1995 Is made Head of the Department of Composition at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest. • 2006 Awarded Bartók Béla-Pásztory Ditta Award

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Works