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Ella István

conductor, organ

Place of Birth
Date of Birth

He was born in 1947 at Veresenyház, near Budapest. He studied organ under professor Ferenc Gergely, and choir-conducting under professor Zoltán Vásárhelyi at the Budapest Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, from where he graduated in 1971. Between 1971 and 74, he was pursuing, post-graduate studies in organ music and improvisation under professor J. E. Köhler, and conducting under professor O. Koch in Weimar and Leipzig, respectively. He obtained a conductor�s diploma at Wittenberg in 1974, where he conducted the Halle Philharmonic Orchestra. As an organist he culled a string of international prizes: he was a prize-winner in the 1971 Prague International Organ Competition; second prize in the 1972 Leipzig J. S. Bach International Organ Concours; first prize in the 1974 Anton Bruckner International Organ Competition at Linz; first prize in the 1976 J. S. Bach International Organ Concours at Brügge. Between 1976 and 86 he was Artistic Director and soloist of the Corelli Chamber Orchestra which performed baroque chamber music on authentic instruments. In 1979-84, István Ella was Principal Conductor of the Székesfehérvár Symphony Orchestra. From 1975 to 1990, he was a soloist of the National Philharmonic Concerts Organization. Since 1984 he has been a member of the jury at several prestigious international organ competitions, (Leipzig, Geneva, Prague, Linz, Lüneburg, Berlin, etc.). He has been a guest professor at master classes in Great Britain, Germany, Poland and Hungary.
In 1989, István Ella founded the Budapest Bach Choir and has ever since been their leader. All members of the Choir are professional singers devoted to presenting baroque choral music in general, and that of J. S. Bach in particular, in line with the latest findings of musicological research. By putting in performances regularly, the Choir have become an integral part of the music life in Budapest and Hungary. István Ella has guest-performed in almost every European country, as well as in Canada, Lebanon and in the United States.

Year Title Publisher Code Remark
1979 Contemporary Hungarian Choral Works Vol.2 Hungaroton SLPX 11723 LP
1984 Carissimi, Giacomo: Jónás; Baltazár
(Carissimi, Giacomo: Jonas; Baltazar)
Hungaroton SLPX 12509 LP / Reissue on CD: Hungaroton HCD 12509
1985 Telemann - Cimarosa: Der Schulmeister Hungaroton SLPD 12573 LP
1986 Decsényi János: Weöres Sándor Tizenkettedik szimfóniája; Utak; Vonósnégyes; Sírfelirat Aquincumból
(Decsényi, János: Sándor Weöres' Twelfth Symphony; Roads; String Quartet; Epitaph from Aquincum)
Hungaroton SLPX 12556 LP
1990 Durkó Zsolt: Refrains; Ornamenti; Laude; Cantata No.2 Hungaroton SLPX 12753 LP
1992 Grand Duet: Kompozíciók két orgonára
(Grand Duet: Music for Two Organs)
Hungaroton HCD 31464 Own
1994 Locatelli, Pietro Antonio: 12 concerto grosso Op. 1. Nos. 1-6 Hungaroton HCD 31531
1995 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Missa brevis Hungaroton HCD 31502
1995 Cavalli, Francesco: Laetatus sum; Magnificat / Charpentier, Marc-Antoine: Te deum Hungaroton HCD 12920
1995 Druschetzky Georg: Missa solemnis; Bengraf: Templomi zene
(Druschetzky, Georg: Missa solemnis; Bengraf: Sacred Music)
Hungaroton HCD 31609
1995 Esküvői zene
(Wedding music)
Hungaroton HCD 31472
1996 Karácsony Marton Évával
(Christmas with Eva Marton)
Hungaroton HCD 31672
1999 Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix: Te Deum; Drei Psalmen Op. 78. No 2/ Kern, Matthias: Zwei biblische Szenen Hungaroton HCD 31854
1999 Karácsonyi barokk orgonazene Hungaroton HCD 12883
2000 Carissimi, Giacomo: Jónás; Baltazár
(Carissimi, Giacomo: Jonas; Baltazar)
Hungaroton HCD 12509 Reissue on CD: Hungaroton SLPX 12509
2005 Organ Music - Praetorius, Hofhaimer, Hassler, Gabrieli, Bull, Scheidt, Kotter, Scheidemann, Buxtehude Capriccio C49444 5 CDs
2008 Respighi, Ottorino / Lajtha László: Kórusművek
(Respighi, Ottorino / Lajtha László: Choral Works)
Hungaroton HCD 32335
2013 Organ Concertos Capriccio C7172 5 CDs