Márton Illés

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Márton Illés (born 12 December 1975 in Budapest), is a Hungarian composer and pianist.

Illés received musical training in piano, composition and percussion in Győr from 1981 to 1994. In 1993 he spent one academical term at the conservatory of Zurich with pianist Hadassa Schwimmer. He studied the piano with László Gyimesi at the Hochschule für Musik Basel, completing his solo diploma in 1998. He continued his piano studies with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling in Hannover. He studied composition with Detlev Müller-Siemens from 1997 to 2001 in Basel, with Wolfgang Rihm and music theory under Michael Reudenbach at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe from 2001 to 2005.[1]

In 2006, Illés founded the Scene Polidimensionali chamber music ensemble[2]

He won an Ernst von Siemens Composers' Prize in 2008,[3] and a scholarship to the Villa Massimo in 2009.[4]

His first large scale stage work, Die weiße Fürstin, was given its world premiere in April 2010 at the Munich Biennale in a co-production with Theater Kiel.[5] Further performances then took place in Kiel in May and June of that year.[6]

Stage works[edit]

Premiere Title Description Libretto and source
02 Feb 2007, Theaterhaus Stuttgart/ ECLAT Festival Neue Musik Stuttgart Emily Dickinsons Uhr Music-theatre for soprano, four clarinets and electronics, 15' after Unabgelenkte Aufmerksamkeit by Jürgen Muck
28 Apr 2010, Munich Biennale Die weiße Fürstin Music-theatre, 60' after the first draft of the dramatic poem by Rainer Maria Rilke


  1. ^ Illés biography Archived 2011-08-19 at the Wayback Machine at Breitkopf & Härtel. Retrieved 7 Apr 2011.
  2. ^ Illés biography on his own website. Retrieved 7 Apr 2011.
  3. ^ List of past winners Archived 2011-07-06 at the Wayback Machine of the Composers' Prize of the Ernst von Siemens Foundation. Retrieved 2 April 2011.
  4. ^ List of award winners Archived 2011-04-13 at the Wayback Machine, Villa Massimo.
  5. ^ Die weiße Fürstin page, Munich Biennale website. Retrieved 7 April 2011
  6. ^ Recent and future performances of Illés' operas from Operabase.

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