Artist database

This is the Artist Database of BMC, which includes information about composers, musicians, orchestras, choirs and groups that are either Hungarian or Hungarian by origin or live in Hungary, as well as information about releases recorded with them.

Madarász Iván


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Date of Birth

Iván Madarász is born on the 10th of February, 1949 in Budapest. He learned composing first with István Szelényi in the Béla Bartók Secondary School for Music, then he accomplished the composing department of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music Academy in the class of Endre Szervánszky. In 1972 he graduated summa cum laude. His thesis work was a one-act opera, requested by the Hungarian Television.

From 1973 to 1980 he taught at the faculty of the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy in Pécs. Since 1980 he's been teaching at the Ferenc Liszt University of Music. In 2000 he became habilitated master and received the university professor degree in 2002.

He is founding and board member of the Association of Hungarian Composers. Since 1990 he's been member of the Hungarian Bureau for the Protection of Author's Rights (Artisjus). Between 1998 and 2002 he was curator of the Music College of the National Cultural Fund and at the moment he has the same position there.

His compositions are regularly played in Hungarian and foreign concert halls. He released four independent author's records and a number of his works were recorded at the Hungarian Radio. With his choral works he won many contests. He was invited to the Yokohama World Music Festival of ISCM.

Composer awards: Special Award of the Montreux Film Festival, the Prize of the OIRT Song contest (two times), and the Prize of the Choir Contest of Budapest Capital. His activity was recognized by the Erkel Prize (1992), the Bartók-Pásztory Award (1998), the Kossuth Prize (2016) and in 2005 he was awarded with the Knight's Cross of Merit of Order of the Hungarian Republic.

A wide range of music genres appears in his compositions. The reviews point out to the dramatic depth, the singing technique and the new style of using the human voice in his music. His instrumental music, especially his flute works can be characterized by seeking of new ways of instrumental technique. In his chamber works he developed a unique method for realization of more complex, so-called “non-equivalent” proportional rhythms.
Title Type Year
What Ophelia did not Tell Hamlet Instrumental solo 0
Anecdote fo Oboe and Piano Chamber Music 0
Archai-archi Electroacoustic music 0
The Fifth Seal Opera 0
Ba-Tri-Music Chamber Music 1995
Cantabile Electroacoustic music 0
Colla parte Chamber Music 2013
Concerto F(L)A Concerto 1993
Concertuba Concerto 1997
Stars Chamber Music 0
Song-cycle on Poems by Zoltán Radnai Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 2024
David´s Dance Vocal music 0
Der Werwolf Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 0
Diagrams No. 1 for String Quartet Chamber Music 0
Dionysus´ Geometry Electroacoustic music 0
Echo Symphony orchestra 1982
Chapters of a Story Choir and orchestra 1989
One-Minute Stories Electroacoustic music 0
Episodi concertanti – Concerto for Flute No. 3 Concerto 2010
Notes From the Mail Coach Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 2019
Flautiáda Concerto 1997
FÜRZOGY Instrumental solo 2003
From Hemisphere to Hemisphere Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 2019
The Wind Blows in the Reeds Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 2017
Concerto for Guitar Concerto 2014
Sound Signals Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 2020
Hasidic Tales Chamber Music 0
Hommage á 19th Century Instrumental solo 2016
Three Dance is Three-four Chamber Music 0
Three Stories Chamber Music 0
Embroidered Sounds Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 1989
In due voci Instrumental solo 2009
In memoriam ... Chamber Music 2018
In memoriam Bach Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 0
In memoriam... Chamber Music 0
J.J.´s Games Electroacoustic music 1995
Ten Prayers of Jan Jansson Chamber Music 0
Katabasis - For Flute and Synthesizer Chamber Music 2012
Commentary to an Unknown Story Vocal music 2005
Kuli Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 0
Kyrie Mixed choir 2023
Salutation with 7 times 7 notes to the 70 years old István Matuz Instrumental solo 2017
Locomotiv Solo voice(s) with orchestra 2020
Ludi Instrumental solo 1975
Lot - Opera in One Act Opera 1985
Lot´s Prayer Chamber Music 0
Metamorphosis Instrumental solo 1971
Missa brevis Solo voice(s) with ensemble 0
Mosaics Instrumental solo 1975
Musica solenne Symphony orchestra 1998
Tales with Music, No. 1 - King Matthias and the Shoemaker Solo voice(s), choir & chamber orchestra 0
Tales with Music, No. 2 - Tale About Sonds (Lullaby) Solo voice(s) with orchestra 0
Tales with Music, No. 3 - Knight Pázmán Solo voice(s) with orchestra 0
Nautilus Wind orchestra 0
Nr-Lu-Saz Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 2014
Overture to an Imaginary Opera Symphony orchestra 2015
Orpheus´ Gestures Electroacoustic music 1997
Orlando Chamber Music 2018
Piccolo Concerto Concerto 2023
Prologue Opera 0
Pan´s Flute Chamber orchestra 0
Dialogue Chamber Music 0
Parallel Monologues Chamber Music 1996
Qui venit Solo voice(s) with orchestra 2012
RAP-petition Solo voice(s) with orchestra 0
RE-peticion Chamber Music 0
Reflections Chamber Music 0
Refrain - Texts by Buddha Solo voice(s), choir & solo instrument(s) 1991
Scherzo Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 0
Speeds for Two Flutes Live and prerecorded music 1984
Sheol - For Flute, Harp and String-Quartet Chamber Music 0
Sheol Ensemble 2002
Slow fox, Ragtime Chamber Music 2013
Many Times Seventhy Sounds Chamber Music 2010
Staccatmen Instrumental solo 2015
Symbols Chamber Music 0
Wreath of Sonnets Instrumental solo 2015
Heartbeat... Choir a cappella 0
Tabulatura Electroacoustic music 1996
Talisman - To the poem by Desző Tandori Electroacoustic music 0
Tetraphony Instrumental solo 2009
Triptych Chamber Music 2010
Last Waltz Opera 2001
Uxatrim Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 2015
Vortex in the Crystal Chamber Music 2011
Five cases - For Horn and Cimbalom Chamber Music 2004
Further Parallel Monologues Chamber Music 1999