Sándor Veress, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Sándor Veress

Swiss composer of Hungarian origin

Date of Birth: 01-Feb-1907

Place of Birth: Cluj-Napoca, Cluj County

Date of Death: 04-Mar-1992

Profession: composer, university teacher, music pedagogue, ethnomusicologist

Nationality: Hungary

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

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About Sándor Veress

  • Sándor Veress (Hungarian pronunciation: ['?a?ndor 'v?r??], (1907-02-01)1 February 1907 – (1992-03-04)4 March 1992) was a Swiss composer of Hungarian origin.
  • He was born in Kolozsvár/Klausenburg, Transylvania, Kingdom of Hungary, Austro-Hungarian Empire, nowadays called Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and died in Bern.
  • The first half of his life was spent in Hungary; the second, from 1949 until his death, in Switzerland, of which he became a citizen in the last months of his life. Veress studied and later taught at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest.
  • Among his teachers were Zoltán Kodály, with whom he studied composition, and Béla Bartók, with whom he studied piano; as an assistant to László Lajtha he did field research on Hungarian, Transylvanian, and Moldovan folk music.
  • Among the composers who studied under him are György Ligeti, György Kurtág, Heinz Holliger, Heinz Marti, Jürg Wyttenbach and Roland Moser.
  • He wrote numerous chamber music pieces and symphonic works.
  • He wrote one opera, Hangjegyek lázadása (1931).
  • Veress was awarded the Kossuth Prize in 1949 in Hungary (though as an émigré he was unable to collect this award) and the Bartók-Pásztory Prize in 1985; in Switzerland he received the Berne canton prize in 1976.

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