TT he Living Composers Project  

Szathmáry, Zsigmond (b. 1939, Hódmezövásárhely). Hungarian composer, now resident in both Germany and Hungary, of mostly orchestral, chamber, vocal, and organ works that have been performed in Asia, Europe and North America; he is also active as a conductor, 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/Main from 1963-66 and attended the Kölner Kurse für Neue Musik, where he studied with Christoph Caskel, Henri Pousseur and Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Darmstadt, where he studied with György Ligeti, from 1964-67.

Among his many honors are First Prize in the Budapest organ competition (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 extensive concert tours throughout the world and has given more than 120 world premières, including music by Peter Eötvös, Vinko Globokar, Heinz Holliger, Hans Ulrich Lehmann, and other composers. As a pianist, he has played music by Helmut Lachenmann and many other composers.

He taught at the Musikhochschule Lübeck from 1972-76 and the Musikhochschule Hannover from 1976-78 and has been a professor at the Musikhochschule Freiburg/Breisgau since 1978. In addition, he has guest lectured throughout Europe and in Japan, South Korea and the USA and is a regular lecturer at the summer academy for organists in Haarlem and at Darmstadt.

Bärenreiter and Moeck publish most of his music.


E-mail address:

SELECT LIST OF WORKS (dates not available for most pieces)

ORCHESTRAL: Drei Orchesterstücke, 2001-02; Cadenza con ostinati, violin, small orchestra (version of chamber work); Drei Aphorismen; Fünf Sätze, organ, small orchestra

CHAMBER MUSIC: 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, tape; 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, sho, organ, barrel organ; Solosonate, violin

CHORAL: Halotti beszédGrabrede (cantata, text from an anonymous 12th-century Hungarian text), alto, baritone, mixed chorus, orchestra, 2003-04; Missa da PacemKyrie, Gloria, mixed chorus

VOCAL: 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, voice, piano; Ein Psalm, alto, violin, organ

PIANO: Drei Klavierstücke

ORGAN: Feuertaufe, 2004; Air, organ, tape; Dialogue I; Dialogue II, organ, tape; Gloria; Hommage à...B-A-C-H; Sospiro; Strophen, organ, tape; Stück, organ 4 hands, tape

(Last updated on May 19, 2005)

Zsigmond Szathmáry, Zsigmond Szathmary, Sigmond Szathmáry, Sigmond Szathmary, Sigmund Szathmáry, Sigmund Szathmary