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.

Virágh András

organ, harmonium

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András Virágh began his musical studies at the Béla Bartók Conservatoire in Budapest. He continued at the Music Academy as a pupil of Endre Virágh and Ferenc Gergely, from where he graduated as an organist in 1983. In the same year, he reached the final of the Second International Franz Liszt Organ Competition and won the special Cziffra Foundation award for the best interpretations of Liszt's compositions. In 1985, he won a scholarship from the Conservatoire Royal in Ličge to study for six months in Belgium. In 1986, on the 100th anniversary of Liszt's death, he gave a performance of all of the master's organ works. In 1990, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of César Franck, he also performed all the great Belgian born composer's works for grand organ. András Virágh regularly gives concerts in Hungary and abroad (in Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Spain and Mexico) and the backbone of his repertoire consists of works by Bach, Franck, Liszt, Reger, Mendelssohn, Brahms as well as contemporary Hungarian and French pieces. He is currently the conductor and musical director of the Budapest Inner City Parish church, the choir conductor of the Kapisztrán Chorus of the Országút Franciscan church, and for two years, has been organist at the St Stephen's Basilica. He also performs with the National Philharmonic Orchestra. He teaches organ at the Szombathely Conservatoire and the Ecclesiastical Faculty of the Dániel Berzsenyi College.

2001 Liszt Prize
2001 Pro Civibus Award
2012 Merited Artist