Kati Agócs

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Kati Ilona Agócs
Dr. Kati Agócs.jpg
Agócs in December 2015
Background information
Born (1975-01-20) January 20, 1975 (age 43)
OriginWindsor, Ontario, Canada
GenresContemporary classical

Kati Ilona Agócs (born January 20, 1975) is a Canadian composer and a member of the composition faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.


Agócs attended the Juilliard School in New York where she earned a Master's and Doctoral degrees under the guidance of Milton Babbitt.[1] She was a composition fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and School and the Tanglewood Music Center, where she held the ASCAP Leonard Bernstein Composer Fellowship in 2007.[2]


From 2005 to 2006, she lived in Budapest and wrote on the new-music scene in Hungary for the journal The Musical Times.[3] She had previously organized an exchange program between the Juilliard School and the Liszt Academy.[4] The Hungarian-language weekly, Bécsi Napló (Vienna Journal) acknowledged her contribution to the visibility of Hungarian composers abroad.[5] She served as Composer in Residence for the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in 2010.[6]

Agócs was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013.[7][8] In 2014 the American Academy of Arts and Letters named her as recipient of the Arts and Letters Award in Music.[9] She maintains a work studio in Flatrock, Newfoundland.

Personal life[edit]

Agócs is married to the American composer Robert Beaser.


Boston Modern Orchestra Project recorded and released the 2016 album The Debrecen Passion,[10] named one of the top 10 Classical albums of 2016 by the Boston Globe.[11] The title track of this album was nominated in 2017 by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for a Juno Award, "Classical Composition of the Year.[12][13]

Agócs has written on American music for the journal Tempo[citation needed] and also created a critical edition of the Symphony in A Major by Leopold Damrosch.[14]

Select principal works[edit]

Select solo and chamber works up to seven instruments[edit]

  • Crystallography (Soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion) 2012 (Text: Christian Bök)[15]
  • Every Lover is a Warrior (Solo harp) 2005[16][17]
  • Hymn (Saxophone quartet) 2005[18]

Select orchestra / large ensemble works[edit]

  • By the Streams of Babylon (Two amplified soprano voices and chamber orchestra) 2009 (Text: Psalm 137 in Latin)[19]
  • The Debrecen Passion (Twelve female voices and chamber orchestra) 2015 (Text: poems by Szilárd Borbély in Hungarian; Lamentations of Mary in modern Hungarian translation by Ferenc Molnár [fragments]; Ana B’Choach [in Hebrew]; Stabat Mater Specioso [fragments, in Latin]; Thou Art a Vineyard [hymn text in Georgian])[20][21]
  • Elysium (Chamber Orchestra and Recorded Sound)[16][22]
  • Shenanigan (Orchestra) 2011[23]


  1. ^ "Making Milton Babbitt's Legacy Less Fearsome". Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  2. ^ "The ASCAP Foundation Leonard Bernstein Composer Fellowship at Tanglewood". Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  3. ^ Agócs, Kati. "The mechanics of culture: new music in Hungary since 1990". The Musical Times. Musical Times Publications Ltd. (UK). 1896 (246): 5–18. Retrieved April 11, 2015.
  4. ^ Juilliard Journal, October 2005, Raymond J. Lustig, "Twin Concerts Foster a New York-Budapest Exchange of New Music"
  5. ^ "Hungarian Music Week in New York". Bécsi Napló (March–April 2007). Zentralverband. 1 (1). Retrieved April 11, 2015.
  6. ^ Kevin Burns (7 February 2011). "Kati Agócs and Winnipeg's New Music Festival". Hungarian Presence in Canada. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Kati Agócs". Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  8. ^ "2013 Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition awarded to Kati Agócs". Canadian Music Centre. 15 April 2013.
  9. ^ "Music awards press release". American Academy of Arts and Letters. March 5, 2014. Retrieved March 26, 2014.
  10. ^ Rosenberg, Donald (5 October 2017). "AGÓCS The Debrecen Passion". www.gramophone.co.uk.
  11. ^ "Top 10 classical albums". Boston Globe. 2016. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  12. ^ "Boston Modern Orchestra Project". Boston Modern Orchestra Project. 2010. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  13. ^ "2017 Juno Nominees". Juno Award. 2017. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  14. ^ Agócs, Kati. Recent Researches in American Music. A-R Editions. ISBN 9780895795823. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  15. ^ "The-new-music-festival-2014". Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  16. ^ a b "agócs-olympics". Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  17. ^ "Kati Agócs: "John Riley" from "Every Lover is a Warrior"". Canadian Music Centre. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  18. ^ "Hymn Kati Agócs". Canadian Music Centre. 18 December 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  19. ^ "Kati Agócs performance of By the Streams of Babylon". Canadian Music Centre. 1 February 2009. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  20. ^ "Agocs Draws Hungarian Poetry for BMOP Premiere". Boston Globe. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  21. ^ "A Tribute to Borbély, a Poet of Our Time". The Boston Music Intelligencer. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  22. ^ "Kati Agócs: Elysium". Canadian Music Centre.
  23. ^ Terauds, John (27 September 2012). "Bright Colours Dull Pianist in Toronto Symphony Evening".

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