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 László Deák studied with Ferenc Gergely and Jenő Jandó at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. He finished his studies with distinction obtaining degree Master of Music  in organ , music-theory and piano.

 

He completed his studies at the classe „Perfectionnement” of the conservatoire CNR in Paris with Marie-Louise Langlais. He  received his „Prix de Perfectiennement”  with distinction in 1999.

He participated several masterclasses of  Olivier Latry, Marie-  Claire Alain, Jean Guillou, Harald Vogel, etc.

 

 He was awarded several prizes at distinctive international competitions. He won 2nd prize in Budapest (1993 Franz Liszt Organ Competition) and in 1994 in Chartres (Grand Prix de Chartres Organ Competition). In 1998 he won third prize and special prize of the International Organ Competition in Pretoria (South Africa). In the same year he won first prize at the UFAM International Organ Competition in Paris. In 1999 he was awarded the André Marchal Prize (Biarritz) and second prize of the Third International Organ Competition of Paris (first prize was not given this year) including the special prize for best rendering of the 20th century composition.

 

He had concerts in several music-festivals in Europe, among others the „Spring Festival” in Budapest, Organ festivals in Chartres, Bourges, Ravenna, Biarritz, and Sevilla. 

 

Beyond his activity as concertist he is head of organ-studies at the Szent István Király Conservatory of  Music in Budapest, and organist of the Franciscan Church in Budapest.

He has recorded several CD-s including works of  French  Romantic and    contemporary music. On his recently CD he plays works of  Widor, Duruflé, Dupré, Langlais and Guillou.

 

(Repertory-list is available via e-mail.)

 

 

 Monika Kecskés studied with István Ruppert at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of  Music in Budapest. She finished her studies obtaining degree Master of Music with distinction in organ, music-theory and church-music. She received her DLA degree  in church-music in 2002.

She also studied with Nicholas Danby and David Titterington at the Royal Academy of Music in London as well as with Michaele Radulescu in Vienna.

 

She participated  masterclasses with Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini, Jesper Madsen, Olivier Latry, Jean Boyer, Jan Willem Jansen, Harald Vogel, Paolo Crivellaro, Felix Friedrich, Lorenzo Ghielmi, Bernard Foccroulle and Peter Williams.

 She won several prizes of international competitions. In 1988  she won special prize of the National Youth Competition in Salgótarján (Hungary). In 1993  she was finalist of the International  Buxtehude - Bach Organ Competition in Szekszárd and of the International Liszt Competition in Budapest (1999). In 1998 she won firts prizes at the First International Organ Competition in Győr, and  in 1999 at the 5 ème Concours International d’Orgue de Lorraine”.

She was awarded the Scholarship of the Hungarian State in 1996 as well as the Fisher Annie Prize of the Hungarian Ministry of  National Heritage in 2001.

 

Thanks to the sponsorship of the  Soros Found she published her first CD in 1999. On her  recently recorded CD she plays works of Hungarian composers (Liszt, Sulyok, Gárdonyi, Antalffy–Zsíross,Koloss).

 She has given concerts in several countries of Europe.

She also plays repertory for four hands or two organs with her husband, László Deák.

 Presently she is organist of the Franciscan Church in Budapest and teacher of the Holy Stephen the King Conservatory of  Music.

 

(Repertory-list is available via e-mail.)