Ákos Zarándy

DSC_0160állóJÓÁkos Zarándy was born in Budapest in 1982. He finished secondary school on solfeggio-music theory faculty at the Szent István Király Conservatory of Music in Budapest where he started his professional composition studies in 2000 with László Draskóczy. From 2001-2004 he studied choral conducting at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest. From 2004-2009 he studied composition with Zoltán Jeney and János Vajda. In 2009 the cross-section of his first opera, entitled “Las dos Fridas,” was successfully performed in his composition diploma concert. In 2010 he moved to Mexico where he spent six months composing, organising concerts and giving music lessons. In 2011 his symphonic piece entitled “Nightmare Symphony” was selected and performed in the most important Hungarian composition competition, “New Hungarian Musical Forum 2011 Competition.” He was one of the winners of the one-act opera competition of the National Cultural Fund in Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he received the Kodály composer grant. Zarándy has regularly participated in several contemporary music festivals in Hungary (Music of Our Age, Budapest Autumn Festival, Con Spirito, Béla Bartók International Choir Competition, International Bartók Seminar and Festival) and also abroad (Gaudeamus Music Week, Ostrava Days). Many of his pieces have been performed in Austria, Czech Repuplic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Turkey and Mexico. Many of his pieces have been recorded and broadcast by Bartók National Radio.

Zarándy is fascinated by different fields of art. From the creation to the performance of his pieces he very often works together with folk and pop musicians, actors, poets, directors, choreographers and painters. Besides contemporary classical music, his work also includes theatre and film music composition, electric and bar music, as well as basic DJ activities.