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Csaba Somos

Ferenc Liszt Prize awardee Hungarian artist - was appointed chorus master of the Hungarian National Choir in January 2016. In the scope of his artistic and musical career vocal and instrumental music are simultaneously present. He strongly believes that impassionate interpretation is the most important power in music besides professionalism.

He graduated at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music where he first studied as music teacher and chorus master to be followed by completing his master studies as conductor with Ervin Lukács and Tamás Gál as his professors. He attended master’s courses of Johannes Moesus, Jürgen Jürgens and Yuri Simonov. He has been active as choir leader since the age of 22. For almost 17 years he used to be the chorus master of the Vasas Ensemble Choir. In 2002 he founded his own ensemble, the Lajos Vass Chamber Choir and has been their artistic director ever since.  He was music director of the Csokonai Theatre in Debrecen, and that of the National Theatre in Pecs and later became principal chorus master of the Hungarian Radio Chorus.

Alongside his career as a guest conductor and chorus master his engagements included numerous appearances with Hungarian symphonic orchestras and professional choirs. His international invitations include conducting the Philharmonic Orchestra of Salerno in Italy and the Sakata Philharmonic Orchestra in Japan and as a chorus master he has frequently been invited abroad to Spain, Italy, Russia, Romania, Greece, Macedonia, Austria and Germany.

Csaba Somos, besides teaching as a professor at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, regularly takes the task as a member of the jury at musical competitions and festivals. Since 2012 he has been vice-president of the Artistic Committee of The National Association of Hungarian Choirs and Orchestras.

He has been honoured with numerous awards throughout his career including the Vilmos Rubányi Prize, and in 2014 the most prestigious Ferenc Liszt Prize. In 2015 he earned the Doctor of Liberal Arts (DLA) degree with „Summa cum laude” qualification.