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László Norbert Nemes

Director of the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy of Music

Dr László Norbert Nemes is a professor of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest and Director of the International Kodály Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy. He is a graduate of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest, Hungary, and holds a doctoral degree in choral conducting from the University of Alberta (Canada) and a habitation certification from the Liszt Academy. His main areas of expertise are choral conducting, choral music education, the theory and practice of the Kodály Concept.

For twelve years he worked as the associate conductor of the Hungarian Radio Children’s Choir. In recognition of his artistic activities with the choir he received the Bartók-Pásztory Award in 2005. Since September 2014 he has been artistic director of the New Liszt Ferenc Chamber Choir, currently artist-in-residence ensemble of the Liszt Academy. Under his leadership the choir has become one of the most sought-after choral ensembles in Budapest’s musical life.

In 2018, together with Prof Péter Erdei, he co-founded the National Youth Choir of Hungary with which he has given numerous successful concerts in Hungary and abroad. In 2019, they were invited to the annual convention of the Association of British Choral Directors in Birmingham, UK. As a music pedagogue and conductor, Dr. Nemes has conducted, held workshops, master classes and seminars all across Europe from Portugal to Finland, in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, Georgia, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, the Korean Republic, Malaysia, The Philippines, Taiwan, Singapore, Turkey, and the United States of America several times.

Since 2012 he has been a guest professor and academic consultant at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, the People’s Republic of China. He is vice president of the International Kodály Society, patron of education at the National Youth Choir of Scotland and patron of the British Kodály Academy. In March 2017 he was decorated with the Golden Cross of the Hungarian Cross of Merit.

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