Dr Katalin Kiss

27. July 2018


Dr Katalin Kiss has been teaching at the Kodály Institute since 1989.

She received her degree (MA) in choral conducting and music education from the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest as a recipient of the Scholarship of the Hungarian Republic.

In 2002, she completed her doctorate (DLA) in performing arts with distinction from the same institution. 

Musical Activity:

In 1990, she founded the Ars Nova Vocal Ensemble. The choir has given hundreds of concerts around the world under her direction and won many first prizes and special prizes including five Grand Prix prizes from international competitions (Ankara, Turkey 1996; Tours, France 1997; Zwickau, Germany 1998; Maribor, Slovenia 1998; Budapest, Hungary 1999). In 2008, they won the Champion of World Choir Games title in Graz, Austria at the 5th World Choir Games.  

With Ars Nova she has conducted the premiers of several choir pieces and has made CD and radio recordings.

In addition to Ars Nova, she often conducts other choirs and gives concerts in Europe, the United States of America, Australia and China.

She founded the World Choir of Hungarians that reunites Hungarians from all over the world in music at special national festivals (1996, 2000).  


Invited by the Kodály Center of America (Boston), she has spent several years in the USA as a guest lecturer and conductor.

She regularly lectures, teaches and gives workshops at musicsymposia and seminars in Hungary, Europe, Australia, the USA and China. She is regularly invited as a guest professor by the Central Conservatory in Beijing, China.

Other Activities, Acknowledgements:

In 1993, she founded the Ars Nova Editio music publishing company, which has become one of the major publishers of contemporary Hungarian choral music.

She often serves on juries for international choir competitions. Since 2010, she is serving as the Hungarian representative in the Council of World Choir Games.

The town of Kecskemét awarded her the prestigious Katona József prize in 1996. She received the Artisjus prize in 1997 and in 1999 for her high standards of performance and dissemination of contemporary music with the Ars Nova Choir.