Artist database

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Szakály Ágnes


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Gedényi Ildikó
1161 Budapest, Baross u. 148.

Ágnes Szakály, cimbalom-player graduated from the Ferenc Liszt College of Music in 1974.

Her solo concerts, radio and TV broadcasts have made her known in all countries of Europe, Japan and Mexico. She has made a number of records and CDs and many contemporary composers have written works for her, including 14 cimbalom concertos.

She has played with many renowned orchestras (the Scala Orchestra of Milan, the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, Baden-Baden SWRF Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Leipzig Radio Orchestra, Torino RAI, Klangforum Wien, the Oslo Opera House Orchestra, La Fenice Orchestra of Venice, Hanover Radio Orchestra, Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe), and she has been the guest of the National Philharmonic Orchestra and the Budapest Festival Orchestra.

Ágnes Szakály has worked under the direction of many distinguished conductors, including Kurt Masur, Michael Gielen, Serge Baudo, Dmitri Kitajenko, Eliahu Inbal, David Zimmermann, Kent Nagano, Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi, Sylvain Cambreling, Arturo Tamayo, Zoltán Peskó, Ádám Fischer, Tamás Vásáry and Zoltán Kocsis.

She has received the Artisjus Prize of the Association of Hungarian composers ten times for the performance of contemporary works. In 1993 she received the Liszt Prize for her activity, in 1997 the Németh László Prize for her work in music pedagogy and in 2010 Knight's Cross Order of Merint of the Republic of Hungary.

Year Title Publisher Code Remark
1980 Magyar cimbalommuzsika
(Hungarian Cimbalom Music)
Hungaroton SLPX 18062 LP
1984 Estéli nótázás
(Hungarian Folk-Songs for Chorus)
Hungaroton SLPX 12570 LP
1987 Csemiczky: Commedia senza parole; Előhívó ének; Kyrie; Antiphonae No. 2
(Csemiczky, Miklós: Commedia senza parole; Summoning Song; Kyrie; Antiphonae No. 2)
Hungaroton SLPX 12854 LP
1993 Szakály Ágnes: Cimbalom Preludio PRECD 9304 Own
1994 300 év cimbalomzenéje
(Music of 300 Years on Cimbalom)
Hungaroton HCD 31571 Own
1997 Kortárs magyar szerzők művei cimbalomra
(Works for cimbalom by Hungarian Contemporary Composers)
Hungaroton HCD 31669 Own
1998 Bach, J. S.: Goldberg-variációk - két cimbalomra
(Bach, J. S.: Goldberg Variationen - on two cimbaloms)
Hungaroton HCD 31764 Own
2000 Élő elektronikus kompozíciók
(Hungarian Live Electronic Works)
Hungaroton HCD 31868
2001 Párhuzamos monológok - kortárs magyar zene cimbalomra
(Paralel Monologues - Contemporary Hungarian Music for Cimbalom)
Hungaroton HCD 31997 Own
2001 Psy: A cimbalom varázsa
(Psy: Charm of the Cimbalom)
Hungaroton HCD 32015
2003 Sugár Miklós: Vihar után; Dalok; Luxatio; Három dal...; NO.2; Francia dalok; Miniatűrök
(Miklós, Sugár: After Storm; Songs...; Luxatio; Three Songs...; NO.2; French Songs; Miniatures)
Hungaroton HCD 32180
2005 Ear Ensemble: Faragó, Olsvay, Madarász, Sugár M., Decsényi, Szigeti és Csemiczky művei
(Ear Ensemble: Works by Faragó, Olsvay, Madarász, M. Sugár, Decsényi, Szigeti, Csemiczky)
Hungaroton HCD 32347
2006 Pintér Gyula: Rózsaszín lángharangok
(Pintér, Gyula: Les cloches de flammes roses)
Hungaroton HCD 32438
2009 Hajdu Mihály: Szőkül a fűz - Kamaraművek, kórusok, zongoradarabok
(Hajdu, Mihály: Blonde Willows - Chamber Works, Choruses & Piano Pieces)
Hungaroton HCD 32614
2009 Repliche - Kortárs magyar zeneművek kürtre és cimbalomra
(Repliche - Contemporary Hungarian Works for Horn & Cimbalom)
Hungaroton HCD 32601 Own