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Szokolay was born in Kunágota in a Lutheran evangelic family and began his music studies in Békéstarhos. Then he attended the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest. His teachers were Ferenc Szabó and Ferenc Farkas. Between 1957 and 1961 he worked at the Hungarian Radio music department. Between 1959 and 1994 he was a professor at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest. He retired in 1994 and moved to Sopron where he lived and worked till his death. His main works, operas, oratoria, are well known all over the world.[according to whom?]
Szokolay was chairman of the Hungarian Kodály Society (1978) and the Hungarian Music Camera (1991–92), and he was member of the Hungarian Széchenyi Art Academy (1992).
- Wieniawsky-competition, winner (Warsaw, 1956)
- Erkel Ferenc-prize (1960, 1965)
- Kossuth-prize (1966)
- Merited Artist (1976)
- Bartók-Pásztory prize (1987)
- Hungarian Art prize (1993)
- Corvin-chain (2001)
- 5 author disc
- Author Disc CD in 1997
- Elhunyt Szokolay Sándor zeneszerző (in Hungarian)
- "Data of the Hungarian Széchenyi Art Academy". Archived from the original on 13 August 2004. Retrieved 3 January 2009.
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- "Szokolay Sándor: Sopron years". Archived from the original on 28 August 2004. Retrieved 3 January 2009.
- Evangelic Church life
- Sopron walker’s book[permanent dead link]
- Pearlhymn Vivat Academia 2005
- Vérnász in the Szeged National Theatre
- Vérnász in the Hungarian National Opera House
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