|Kati Ilona Agócs|
Agócs in December 2015
|Born||January 20, 1975|
|Origin||Windsor, Ontario, Canada|
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. 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.
From 2005 to 2006, she lived in Budapest and wrote on the new-music scene in Hungary for the journal The Musical Times. She had previously organized an exchange program between the Juilliard School and the Liszt Academy. The Hungarian-language weekly, Bécsi Napló (Vienna Journal) acknowledged her contribution to the visibility of Hungarian composers abroad. She served as Composer in Residence for the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in 2010.
Agócs was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013. In 2014 the American Academy of Arts and Letters named her as recipient of the Arts and Letters Award in Music. She maintains a work studio in Flatrock, Newfoundland.
Agócs is married to the American composer Robert Beaser.
Boston Modern Orchestra Project recorded and released the 2016 album The Debrecen Passion, named one of the top 10 Classical albums of 2016 by the Boston Globe. 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.
Select principal works
Select solo and chamber works up to seven instruments
- Crystallography (Soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion) 2012 (Text: Christian Bök)
- Every Lover is a Warrior (Solo harp) 2005
- Hymn (Saxophone quartet) 2005
Select orchestra / large ensemble works
- By the Streams of Babylon (Two amplified soprano voices and chamber orchestra) 2009 (Text: Psalm 137 in Latin)
- 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])
- Elysium (Chamber Orchestra and Recorded Sound)
- Shenanigan (Orchestra) 2011
- "Making Milton Babbitt's Legacy Less Fearsome". Retrieved 8 February 2017.
- "The ASCAP Foundation Leonard Bernstein Composer Fellowship at Tanglewood". Retrieved 11 April 2015.
- 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.
- Juilliard Journal, October 2005, Raymond J. Lustig, "Twin Concerts Foster a New York-Budapest Exchange of New Music"
- "Hungarian Music Week in New York". Bécsi Napló (March–April 2007). Zentralverband. 1 (1). Retrieved April 11, 2015.
- Kevin Burns (7 February 2011). "Kati Agócs and Winnipeg's New Music Festival". Hungarian Presence in Canada. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
- "Kati Agócs". Retrieved 22 March 2015.
- "2013 Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition awarded to Kati Agócs". Canadian Music Centre. 15 April 2013.
- "Music awards press release". American Academy of Arts and Letters. March 5, 2014. Retrieved March 26, 2014.
- Rosenberg, Donald (5 October 2017). "AGÓCS The Debrecen Passion". www.gramophone.co.uk.
- "Top 10 classical albums". Boston Globe. 2016. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
- "Boston Modern Orchestra Project". Boston Modern Orchestra Project. 2010. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
- "2017 Juno Nominees". Juno Award. 2017. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
- Agócs, Kati. Recent Researches in American Music. A-R Editions. ISBN 9780895795823. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
- "The-new-music-festival-2014". Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- "agócs-olympics". Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- "Kati Agócs: "John Riley" from "Every Lover is a Warrior"". Canadian Music Centre. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
- "Hymn Kati Agócs". Canadian Music Centre. 18 December 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
- "Kati Agócs performance of By the Streams of Babylon". Canadian Music Centre. 1 February 2009. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
- "Agocs Draws Hungarian Poetry for BMOP Premiere". Boston Globe. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
- "A Tribute to Borbély, a Poet of Our Time". The Boston Music Intelligencer. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
- "Kati Agócs: Elysium". Canadian Music Centre.
- Terauds, John (27 September 2012). "Bright Colours Dull Pianist in Toronto Symphony Evening".