Gyula Fekete

composer

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is Professor of Composition at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary. From 2012 he is the Head of the Department and since 2015 the Vice President of Research and International Affairs. He is lecturer at the University of Theatre, Film and Television, Budapest. He received a Doctorate in Composition from Northwestern University, Illinois, in 1996, and an MA from the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University in 1993. Fekete also holds a Diploma in composition and theory from the Liszt Academy. He earned multiple awards including the 1996 William T. Faricy Award, and the Fulbright grant for the 1994-1995 academic year. Fekete is the One Act Opera Category winner with his opera, The Redeemed Town, in the competition of the Hungarian State Opera for the year 2000 celebration of the thousandth anniversary of the foundation of the State of Hungary. The opera premiered in 2002 in the Hungarian State Opera. Fekete wrote the opera Excelsior! Liszt Ferenc Goes to Heaven for the Liszt bicentennial in 2011, which was commissioned and produced by the Budapest Spring Festival and the Hungarian State Opera. His first CD was released in 2001 by Hungaroton Classic Record Company. He holds commissions by the Hungarian State Opera, Budapest Chamber Symphony, Chicago Pro Musica and The Music Group of Philadelphia. Fekete is on the Board of Directors of the Hungarian Composers’ Association. In 2011 he received the Erkel, in 2012 the Bartók–Pásztory Prize. He has worked for numerous theater and film productions in Hungary.