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Gabor Virágh

Associate Professor of Music Theory

Music Theory

The Hartt School
860.768.5154 F 342F
Education

Diploma, Béla Bartók Conservatory of Music and Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music

Berklee College of Music


Gabor Virágh is a graduate of Franz Liszt Academy of Music, the Béla Bartók Conservatory of Budapest, Hungary, Berklee College of Music, and Academie Musicala Ottorino Respighi Festival of Assisi, Italy. Viragh co-authored a new edition of Zoltan Kodály Bicinias-Volumes 1 and 2 entitled "New Words" Volumes I and II. In addition, he is a free-lance artist in both classical and jazz trumpet. Viragh is a frequent guest teacher and lecturer on Kodály method at numerous conferences, colleges, and universities throughout the United States. He is associate faculty of the Kodály Center of America. Mr. Virágh is a former board member of OAKE, a frequent lecturer of OAKE, and he was also an invited lecturer at CMEA and at the 14th International Kodály Symposium in Hungary.

Since his appearance at The Hartt School, the Ear-Training Faculty became a growing and flourishing part of the Music Theory Department, giving new inspirations to the Department’s Development. His teaching experience reaches from the early childhood classes to the area of the master teacher level. In addtion, he taught Jazz Trumpet and Theory at the Conservatory Béla Bartók in Budapest.

 

Performances & Recordings

  • Since he moved to the States, he is a frequent performer throughout the New England area. He has been shared stages with trumpeter Joe Wilder (original member of the Count Basie & Tonight Show Bands), Gerald Wilson, Richard Evans (Grammy Award Winner), Luis Bellson, Phil Wilson, Bob Berg, Jimmy Green, Steve Davis, Nat Reeves, Freddie Hubbard, Eddie Henderson, Claudio Roditi, Valerey Ponomarev, Alex Nakhimovsky and othersMr Virágh is soloist on live performances CD & DVD-s at Jordans Hall (New England Conservatory, Boston, MA) on the Kodály Teacher Training Institute’s Gala Concerts (Contemporary and Jazz) with conductors such as Dr. Katalin Kiss, David Hodgkins and others.
  • Member and Featured Soloist at the New England Jazz Ensemble, the Steve Lord Big Band and the “Other Orchestra” Big Band. Featured Trumpet Soloist of Musica Mundi (Classical Hits) and Toodle-e labels (“Let’s Fall In Love”, June Bisantz Evans sings, Chet Baker)
  • Mr. Virágh was an Invited Guest Conductor of the 2008 Eastern Region High School Big Band Concert held at Jorgensen Hall of UCONN Storrs, CT. He was a featured Trumpet Soloist at the 2009 International Summer Jazz Festival Hartford, CT.
  • Trumpet soloist (Daniel Pinkham: Fanfares) at Wichita State University, Kansas. 2009
  • In Europe, Gábor Virágh displayed an extensive activity as a featured trumpet soloist in Jazz Festivals and Clubs, furthermore, he appears as a live concert trumpet soloist on the Compact Disc for Musica Mundi Label — “Favorite Classics”.
  • Performance with the Chat Baker Project as a soloist at the Litchfield International Jazz Festival.
  • He performed with the Orchestra of the Musical Theater Budapest and of the National Symphony Orchestra in Budapest. He was also a member of the Hungarian Radio Big Band.

Publications

  • Living Harmonies. Collected and Edited by Gábor Virágh. A Collection of three- and four-part challenging but accessible Chorale-like madrigals and hymns. Musics of Ingegneri, Casciolini and other composers of the 16th and 17th centuries. All with original Latin text to be used with students for both pedagogical advancement and performance. Educational remarks and ideas are included. Publisher: Kodály Center of America, Providence, RI. Adopted for use in numerous Kodály Teacher Training Programs in the USA.
  • In the Christmas Mood, Anthology of the Christmas Choral Music. Well-known and unknown Christmas melodies composed or arranged by prominent Hungarian composers and educators. Compiled by Gábor Virágh. Publisher: Kodály Center of America, Providence, RI.
  • World of Sounds, Volume I. Teachers Anthology & Students Workbook by László Dobszay, annotated translation by Gábor Virágh and edited by Jean Sinor. A Comprehensive method includes analysis of the music of Viennese classical period(Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven etc.) to help students recognize harmonic functions. The book is published by Capitol University, Ohio. Use throughout Europe, England, and Australia.
  • New Words Volume I. A Collection of 15 Bicinia Hungarica, by Zoltán Kodály. Selected and edited by Gábor Virágh and Faith Knowles (Artistic Director of the Kodály Center). From Bicinia Hungarica Volumes I, II, III, & IV. Publisher: Kodály Center of America. Providence, RI.
  • New Words Volume II. A Collection of selected pedagogical exercises by Zoltán Kodály. Compiled and edited by Gábor Virágh and Faith Knowles (Artistic Director of the Kodály Center). Publisher: Kodály Center of America. Providence, RI.
  • From folk song structure to the structure of Bach Fugue by Gábor Virágh. Bulletin, Official journal of the International Kodály Society. The publication addresses the sequence, which leads from Kodály’s choral method publications through the structure of the imitation technique of the fugue — understanding the terms of fifth-changing melodies, real-tonal answers, and the role of the subject (dux-comes).
  • World of Sounds, Volume III. by László Dobszay (in preparation), an annotated translation by Gábor Virágh. This volume includes analysis of the music of Early Baroque Era (with special focus on the works by Henry Purcell).

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Faculty Advisor, Sigma Alpha Iota, Professional Music Fraternity at the University of Hartford
  • Member of the IKS (International Kodály Society)
  • Member of OAKE (Organization of American Kodály Educators)
  • Mr. Virágh is a former board member of OAKE