Works performed by Earplay:

Hommage à R. Sch.

György Kurtag was born at Lugos (Lugoj, Romania) on 19 February, 1926. At the age of 14, he began studies in piano with Magda Kardos and composition with Max Eisikovits at Timisoara. Having moved to Budapest, he enrolled at the Academy of Music in 1946, where his professors included Sandor Veress and Ferenc Farkas (composition), Pal Kadosa (piano) and Leo Weiner (chamber music). In 1957-1958, Kurtag studied in Paris with Marianne Stein and attended the courses of Messiaen and Milhaud. As a result, he re-thought his ideas on composition and marked the first work he wrote after his return to Budapest, a string quartet, as his Opus 1.

From 1958–1963, Kurtag worked as repetiteur with the Bela Bartok Music Secondary School in Budapest. In 1960–1968, he was repetiteur with soloists of the National Philharmonic. From 1967, he was an assistant to Pal Kadosa at the Academy of Music, in 1968 he was appointed professor of chamber music, a post he held until his retirement in 1986.

[from program for March 17, 2003 concert]