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Ida Erdei passed away

12 April 2019

It is with deep regret that we learned about the passing away (4 April) of Ida Erdei, retired professor of the Kodály Institute. 


About the documentary "Kodály belongs to all of us"

15 March 2019

A documentary film directed by Attila Kékesi and Gábor Zsigmond Papp on the worldwide adaptation of the Kodály-concept featuring examples from the United States, Portugal, England, Finland, Scotland, The Netherlands, China, Japan, Australia.

Special Week at the Institute - 11-16 February, 2019

Special Week at the Institute - 11-16 February, 2019

18 February 2019

Every year, the Institute organises a 3-5-day long programme in February or March, when, instead of the regular lessons, students have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of special lectures, workshops and other activities that do not fit into the regular timetable.


30th International Kodály Seminar

30 January 2019

Applications are welcome to the 30th International Kodály Seminar which will be held between 15 and 26 July, 2019

Application deadline: 15 April


KÓTA Lifetime Achievement Award to Péter Erdei

20 January 2019

Péter Erdei, founding director of the Kodály Institute, an Artist of Merit of Hungary and Liszt and Bartók-Pásztory Prize winner, who started his conducting career 50 years ago, received the award on 20 January, 2019 at a festive concert held in the ceremonial hall of the St Imre Cistercian High School of Buda.


Zoltán Kodály Award to the Institute’s Deputy Director

14 October 2018

Dr Laura Zita Kéri, deputy director of the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy of Music received the Zoltán Kodály Award of the town of Kecskemét this year. The Award was presented by Dr Gábor Zombor, member of parliament, on the occasion of the 650th birthday of the town in the József Katona Theatre on 2 October, 2018.


The National Youth Choir in Kecskemét

26 July 2018

The Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music was given the opportunity to organise the National Youth Choir for the Kodály Memorial Year 2017. The term ‘national’ refers, on the one hand, to the fact that young people from Hungary were joined by Hungarian singers from outside the country, and, on the other hand, to the aim to achieve high artistic quality. Members were selected by the chorus masters Professors Péter Erdei and László Norbert Nemes, based on the recordings the candidates had submitted and on the auditions they took part in. After a week of intensive rehearsals in Kecskemét, the Choir had performances in Keszthely, Vienna, Galanta and Budapest. On 27 July the Choir is coming to a final performance at the Catholic Church in Kecskemét.


Summer School 2018

24 July 2018

Our two-week International Kodály Summer School started on 16 July with over 100 participants from nearly 25 different countries.


Dr Mihály Ittzés - obituary

13 June 2018

It is with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Dr Mihály Ittzés on Tuesday morning.

Dr Mihály Ittzés became co-worker of the Kodály Institute in 1973. He was for a long time director of the library, for 20 years he was Vice Director of the Institute, a leading  research professor, a key figure in the musical life of the city of Kecskemét. He lectured, gave seminars and workshops in four continents.


Common Singing at the Lutheran Church

27 May 2018

Judit Rajk and her students - traditionally - finished the school year with common singing in the Lutheran Church in Kecskemét. The students of the Kodály Institute performed solo vocal works of J.S. Bach, Schütz and Humphrey.


The call #Ode2Joy Challenge

25 May 2018

On the occasion of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, Europa Nostra and its President Maestro Plácido Domingo invite all citizens in Europe and beyond to contribute to the #Ode2Joy Challenge. Supported by Ambassadors such as the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO), the Liszt Ferenc Music Academy in Budapest (Hungary) and the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels (Belgium), this participatory initiative celebrates Europe through our common cultural heritage. It seeks to unlock creativity and encourage participants to make an “#Ode2Europe” as a humanistic and cultural project, based on shared values, history & heritage.


The Kodály Institute at the 2018 OAKE Annual Conference

24 April 2018

The 2018 Annual Conference of the Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) was held in Oklahoma City between 23 and 26 March 2018. In addition to nearly 500 attending teachers (including many former students of the Kodály Institute), five choirs were rehearsing with renowned musicians, including Norbert Nemes László and Lilla Gábor.

New book: In the Footsteps of Zoltán Kodály in Budapest

New book: In the Footsteps of Zoltán Kodály in Budapest

12 April 2018

The aim of this small book is to assist those who wish to visit the places significant in Zoltán Kodály's life and work in Budapest – either in practice or only virtually. Several of the buildings listed here would be visited by the interested reader or tourist anyway unaware of Kodály's links with them. Perhaps they will learn more about his connections to these places from this source. 


A Festive Kodály Event in Dublin

23 March 2018

On 10 March, more than sixty former Kodály Institute students, their colleagues, their students, and leading officers of the Irish Kodály Society and its members attended the Dublin event initiated by the Kodály Institute.