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.

Faragó Laura

voice - soprano

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Education: College of Education, Szeged; The Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest; Der Hans Eisler Musikhochschule, Berlin. Specialized in Lieder and Oratorio.
1970. While still a student, she leapt to prominence when she won First Prize in Hungary’s first nationawide Folk Singing Contest, „FLY, PEAOCK, FLY!”, wich was organized by Hungarian Radio and Television.
1971. Another First Prize – this time at the International Festival of Folk Song in Middlesborough, Great Britain.
1976. Awarded Hungarian Radio’s „Niveau Prize” for her interpretations of Hungarian Folk Songs.
1982. Ont he centenary of Zoltán Kodály’s birth, she was awarded the „Kodály Diploma” by the Hungarian Ministry of Culture for her interpretations of folk song arrangements by Kodály and Bartók.
In Europe, she has given guest performances in Austria, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Finland, France, both Germanies (prior to unification), the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. She has also visited Canada and the USA.
Her most recent tour abroad was to Transsylvania, the cradle of so much ethnic Hungarian music – and the birt-place of artists of such emminence as Bartók and Vasarelly. She is proud to have been the first artist to appear in Transsylvania under the auspices of the newly resurrected E. M. K. E. (Association for the Cultural Advancement of Hungarian Transsylvanians) wich made such an outstanding contribution to the cultural development of the region right up until the last War.
In Hungary and int he Hungarian speaking regions contiguous with its borders, Miss Faragó’s performances of ethnic and traditional music ara particularly prized for the perfection of her unaccompanied renderings, for her musicality and authenticity and for the extensiveness of her repertoire.
She is also a leading exponent of the works of modern Hungarian composers such as Bartók, Kodály, Lajtha, Farkas, Szokolay, Terényi, et al.

In 2018 she was awarded with Kossuth Award.