Biography short

Ilona Dobszay-Meskó 

Graduated at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music on faculty music composition and orchestra conducting.  Founder, first conductor and producer of the Ventoscala Symphony Orchestra since its start in 2003. Since 2001 she works at the Weiner Leó Secondary School for Music, first as a piano accompanist (2001-2009), then teaching Composition as main subject (2006-2014). Since 2013 she also teaches Composition as main subject at the Béla Bartók Secondary School for Music, and from 2016 on she works as a mentor in teacher training. From September 2019 on she is the leader and conductor of the school’s symphony orchestra.

 

Presidential member of the Hungarian Composers’ Union and member of the Vántus István Society. As a piano accompanist she cooperated with the Institute of Theatre Arts of the University of Theater and Film Arts Budapest, the Opera Studio of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music and with worldwide renowned artists at the Radio France Festival in Montpellier.

Her professors in Music Composition have been: János Vajda, Miklós Kocsár, Miklós Csemiczky és Emil Petrovics.

 

In 2002 she won first prize at the Vántus István Music Composing Competition for young Hungarian composers. In 2003 she won first prize at the Kincses Composing Competition organised by the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, while in 2001 she gained the prize of the best performer at the same competiton. With a scholarship she took part at the master courses for music composition of József Sári in Austria as well as of Betsy Jolas in France. In 2004 she gained the opportunity from the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music to travel to New York to perform her piece Ashed Lovers at the Juillard School. In 2017 she represented Hungary at the ISCM World New Music Days in Vancouver with her composition for mixed choir Choral. In 2019 she won the 3-year scholarship of the Hungarian Academy of Arts for creative artists.

 

Her pieces are to be heard at several contemporary music series, e.g. at the MR3 Bartók channel in the series Music of Our Age, ArTRIUM; at the Fészek Artists' Club in the series Youth Contemporary Music Evenings, Transparent Sound New Music Festival, at the Café Budapest Contemporary Arts Festival, the Budapest Spring Festival as well as the Mini Festival. In 2004 she was commissioned by the Hungarian Academy in Rome and in 2007 by the Liszt Academy to write a piece for the Trombone Contest where she was invited as a jury member, too. Her composition for children's choir has been the compulsory work in the final round of the Béla Bartók International Choir Competition in Debrecen. She was commissioned to write a choral piece for the 50th anniversary of the same competition and the 750th of the city: her work Vivat, crescat, floreat was performed by the Kodály Choir at the gala concert. In 2014 she was commissioned by the Liszt Academy to write the compulsory piece for the National Clarinet Contest and she was invited to be a jury member, too. In 2018 and 2019 she was commissioned to compose the compulsory piece for the National Secondary and Higher Level Guitar Competition. Her piece for the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel is often performed in all Hungary; with over 80 performances she has recently written a symphonic version of it. Her next musical fable, The Son of the White Mare has been performed more than 50 times also with symphony orchestras. Her most recent play, King Thrushbeard was premiered in October 2019.

 

She has been invited to conduct several renowned orchestras: Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra, Kodály Philharmonic Orchestra Debrecen, Gödöllő Symphony Orchestra, Szeged Symphony Orchestra, MAV Symphony Orchestra, Miskolc Symphony Orchestra, Dohnányi Orchestra Budafok, Failoni Chamber Orchestra of the Hungarian State Opera, Danubia Orchestra Óbuda, Târgu Mures State Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonietta Erudita, Csik Chamber Orchestra, Sámuel Brassai Chamber Orchestra, Georgius Chamber Orchestra (Romania), as well as the Budapest Strings. Her professors in Orchestra Conducting have been: Tamás Gál, András Ligeti, Youri Simonov, Ádám Medveczky and László Tihanyi.

 

She was the only Hungarian candidate among the 20 finalists of the 51st International Besançon Competition for Young Conductors in 2009, selected from hundreds of applicants.

 

Her conducting masterclasses held with the collaboration of the MAV Symphony Orchestra in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 have been visited by young conductors of 15 countries.

 

Updated: July 2020