It has a history of three decades awards were presented by Márton Devich, executive director of the Hungarian Radio Art Ensembles (MRME), Tamás Vásáry, president-conductor of the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and Zoltán Pad, conductor of the Hungarian Radio Choir, on October 1st, MRME day, at the Italian Cultural Institute. The Artist of the Season Awards are awarded every season by the troupe to deserving artist colleagues by secret ballot.
Choral Artist of the Season 2021/22, recipient of the Zoltán Vásárhelyi Award, is singer Edit Nemes, member of the alto voice. The award was named after one of the emblematic conductors of the Hungarian Radio Choir.
Edit Nemes was born in Váco. He began to study singing officially at the Conservatory in Debrecen, which then determined his career. He graduated from the private department of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Debrecen in 1985, as a student of Éva Szerdahelyi. During his studies, he already sang in the Kodály Choir. In August 1985, he started his career in the Hungarian Radio Choir, which he felt was the fulfillment of his dreams. He has been a pillar member of the troupe for 37 years now, and to this day he finds it a blessing to sing the alto part in the choir.
The award for Orchestra Artist of the Season 2021/22 was received by violist and vocal leader János Fejérvári. At the ceremony, Márton Devich announced that the orchestra award will now bear the name of Kossuth Prize-winning Hungarian violinist and conductor András Ligeti, who died last year. He was the conductor of the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra for five years and then its director-conductor for three years. With this, they also want to pay tribute to the memory of András Ligeti.
János Fejérvári was born into a family of teachers in Kapuvár, and started studying the violin at the local music school. He graduated from the Academy of Music as a student of Pál Lukács, in the viola department. At the beginning of his career, he worked as a conductor at the Opera House. He was a founding member of several Hungarian bands with a long history. He also taught at the Béla Bartók Secondary School of Music in Miskolc and the Béla Bartók Conservatory in Budapest, as well as at the Teacher Training Department of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music. He was a member of the Kodály String Quartet for nearly 20 years. He has been working in the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2004, of which he is the conductor.
The fourth concert of the Kodály 140 concert series, performed by the Hungarian Radio Art Ensembles, which was broadcast live by Bartók radio on Saturday night, gave the award ceremony a festive setting. Psalmus Hungaricus, inspired by the 16th-century reformed preacher’s psalm paraphrase, and the 50th Geneva psalm, Semmit ne bánkodjál, and the Zrínyi sozna were recited.
The event was also honored by Zoltán Kodály’s widow, 81-year-old Sarolta Péczely, with her presence, MTVA reported.
Cover image: The 70-year anniversary concert of the Magyar Rádió Choir, in which Ferenc Liszt’s Coronation Mass is performed, conducted by Zoltán Pad, in the hall of the Vigadó in Pest on May 9, 2021. (Photo: MTI/Noémi Bruzák)
Source: Magyar Nemzet by magyarnemzet.hu.
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