(b. 1939, Hódmezővásárhely).
Hungarian composer, now resident in both Germany and Hungary, of mostly chamber and organ works that have been performed in Asia, Europe and North America; he is also active as an organist and pianist.
Mr. Szathmáry studied composition with Ferenc Szabó and organ with Ferenc Gergely at the Ferenc List Academy of Music in Budapest from 1958–63. He then studied organ with Alois Forer in Vienna and with Helmut Walcha in Frankfurt am Main from 1963–66 and attended the Kölner Kurse für Neue Musik, where he studied with Christoph Caskel, Henri Pousseur and Karlheinz Stockhausen, and the Ferienkurse in Darmstadt, where he studied with György Ligeti, from 1964–67.
Among his honours are First Prize in the competition for organists Budapest (1960), the Bach-Preis-Stipendium from the city of Hamburg (1972) and the Franz Liszt Badge from the National Franz Liszt Memorial Committee in Budapest (1987). He has been a member of the Freie Akademie der Künste in Hamburg since 1973.
As an organist, he has worked primarily in Hamburg, but also at the cathedral in Bremen. He has given tours throughout the world and has given more than 120 world premières, including music by Péter Eötvös, Vinko Globokar, Heinz Holliger, Hans Ulrich Lehmann, and other composers.
As a pianist, he has played music by Helmut Lachenmann and other composers.
He taught at the Musikhochschule Lübeck from 1972–76 and the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover from 1976–78. He has been a professor at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg in Freiburg im Breisgau since 1978. In addition, he has given guest lectures throughout Europe and in Japan, South Korea and the USA and is a regular lecturer at both the Ferienkurse in Darmstadt and the summer academy for organists in Haarlem.
His primary publishers are the Bärenreiter-Verlag and Moeck Musikinstrumente + Verlag.
SELECT LIST OF WORKS (dates unavailable for most works)
Drei Orchesterstücke, 2001–02
Cadenza con ostinati, violin, small orchestra (version of chamber work)
Fünf Sätze, organ, small orchestra
Discourse, trombone, violin, 2002, revised 2005
Alpha, flute, clarinet, trumpet, violin, viola, cello, piano
Cadenza con ostinati, violin, organ (also version for violin, small orchestra)
Con-tact-versation, violin, fixed media
Et Angustia, 7 players
Evokation, flute, viola, double bass, piano, 2 percussion
Katharsis, clarinet, organ, percussion
Monolog, flute, live electronics
Movimenti, flute, piano
Orgel-Sho, shō (mouth organ from Japan), organ, barrel organ
Halotti beszéd – Grabrede (cantata, text from an anonymous 12th-century text from Hungary), alto, baritone, mixed chorus, orchestra, 2003–04
Missa da Pacem – Kyrie, Gloria, mixed chorus
Disperatione (texts by Anne Frank, the Bible), soprano, baritone, flute, oboe, French horn, trombone, piano, harpsichord, 3 percussion
Drei Lieder auf Gedichte von Endre Ady (text by Endre Ady), voice, piano
Ein Psalm, alto, violin, organ
Air, organ, fixed media
Dialogue II, organ, fixed media
Gloria; Hommage à...B-A-C-H
Strophen, organ, fixed media
Stück, organ 4 hands, fixed media