Seasons With Chorale: 16
Season Joined: 2001-02
Hometown: Debrecen, Hungary
Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest Hungary: BM and MM in Choral Conducting, Music Theory, Music Education; USC Thornton School of Music, Los Angeles: Masters of Music in Choral Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting
Do you also have a non-singing "day job"? If so, what do you do?
Teach Hungarian Kodály-based Musicianship and direct choirs at Cal Poly Pomona and Azusa Pacific University (Musicianship only); conduct an adult choir at the La Verne Church of the Brethren
Where else do you teach/gig/conduct/sing/perform?
Sing at the Saban Theatre for Jewish High Holidays; guest ensemble artist with Lark Society; guest soloist with LA Chamber Choir and in the wider Los Angeles area, and, when I get the chance, session singer on film scores
Bach St. John Passion, Magnificat, B Minor Mass, St. Matthew Passion, Handel Messiah - LAMC; Mozart Requiem, Vespers, and Mass in C Minor, Bach B Minor Mass, Haydn Paukenmesse - Los Angeles Chamber Choir; Mendelssohn Midsummer Night's Dream - LA Phil Hollywood Bowl Orchestra; St. Matthew Passion - Concordia University; Bruckner Te Deum - Santa Barbara Choral Society; Mahler 2nd Symphony with Young Artists Symphony Orchestra
Górecki Miserere; Nico Muhly's A Good Understanding - LAMC; Verdi Messa da Requiem - LA Phil and LAMC under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel; Movie soundtrack highlights include Avatar; X Men: Wolverine, Days of Future Past, Akkaba; Godzilla; Tranformers 4; Smurfs 2; Wreck-It Ralph; Big Hero 6; Minions; Pixels; Hail, Ceasar!; Storks, Despicable Me 3
Highlights of your musical career:
Working with Peter Sellars on Lasso's Lagrime
Touring the world with the World Youth Choir; singing Bach motets under the direction of Maestro Frieder Bernius; singing for Helmuth Riling in Hungary and at USC; singing and touring with LAMC/LA Phil's staged productions of John Adams' El Niño and The Gospel According to the Other Mary
A defining moment of favorite LA Master Chorale onstage experience:
Singing the mezzo solos in Bach's St. Matthew Passion and Mahler 2nd Symphony ; jumping in last minute to sing the mezzo solos in Stravinsky's Les Noces
What are you listening to these days?
Please don't take this the wrong way, but, after a music-filled day of teaching and singing, I truly appreciate some silence or high quality news radio such as NPR. Otherwise I enjoy a great variety of music from bluegrass to world music to Beethoven string quartets.
Anything you'd like to add about yourself?
I love to sing with LAMC! It's a unique organization of which I am privileged and honored to be a part. Singing here is one of the major factors that kept me from moving out of this great city and state to take other jobs.