"The world is noisy, it does not allow for the Sound in your soul to ring out.
Quietude is the symphony of the heavens, and if you are part of an orchestra, it puts you in harmony with life, and Love rings out within you."
The eternal search of the performing arts stands between earthly clamour and the quietude of heaven.
I believe we can only find our own voice in this peace and quietude.
In this way, we can experience the perfect Love of God, the sound of which we are able to convey on a daily basis through a wide array of musical works.
Ágnes Szalai has been a member of the Hungarian National Choir since 2009. She has worked alongside conductors including Zoltán Kocsis, Mátyás Antal, Zsolt Hamar, Csaba Somos, Gábor Hollerung, Gergely Kesselyák, Dániel Somogyi-Tóth, Máté Szabó Sipos, Ádám Medveczky and Sebastian Weigle. Her repertoire includes songs, oratorios and opera arias.
She began singing as a 13-year-old in Győr, a city where she also completed her later studies.
In 2007, she graduated from the vocal soloist department of the Varga Tibor Institute of Musical Art. Her teacher, Erika Markovics, was a solo singer at the Hungarian State Opera House.
In the same year, she was accepted on to the song and oratorio Master's degree course at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, studying in Katalin Halmai's class.
During her university years, Ágnes also took part in master classes from Júlia Hamari, László Polgár and György Vashegyi.
She has been a member of the Hungarian National Choir since 2009, and has been performing solo pieces since that time.
The first such significant work was Stravinsky's Les Noces piece, with Mátyás Antal as conductor.
She has also taken on theatrical roles in parallel with her singing work: first in Debrecen, then at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden theatre in Germany in 2013 and 2014, where she spent a year singing in various operas and concerts.
In 2015, she was awarded the Artist of the Year prize by the Hungarian National Choir.
Since then, she has performed countless solo roles as a member of the ensemble.