Erasmus-Masterclass Komposition mit Kálmán Oláh (Franz-Liszt-Musikakademie Budapest): Jazz Composers Ensemble

Do, 23.05.2024, 14:00‒15:40  Uhr

Do, 23. Mai 2024, 10:00—13:00 Uhr: Masterclass Komposition (Raum 4.27)
Do, 23. Mai 2024, 14:00—15:40: Jazz Composers Ensemble (Raum K.10)
Fr, 24. Mai 2024, 11:00—14:00 Uhr: Offene Probe mit Jerzy Małek (Poland), Vladimir Kostadinovic (Serbien), Ivar Križić (Kroatien), Andy Middleton (USA) (Raum K.10)
Fr, 24. Mai 2024, 15:00—18:00 Uhr: Masterclass Klavier (Raum 1.34)

Kálmán Oláh
A native of Hungary, jazz pianist Kálmán Oláh has gained international renown as an artist who masterfully combines elements of jazz, folk and contemporary classical music. The recipient of numerous awards, including the Grand Prize at the 2006 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Composers Competition, he has appeared with scores of well-known artists including Lee Konitz, Jack DeJohnette, Ron McClure, Randy Brecker, Steve Grossman, John Patitucci, Tommy Campbell, Joe Lovano, Andrej Ceccarelli, Paolo Fresu, Kenny Wheeler, Shelia Jordan, Palle Danielsson, Joshua Redman and Ravi Coltrane to name a few.
Born in Budapest in 1970. Kálmán went on to graduate from the Béla Bartók Conservatory, completing his musical studies at Franz Liszt Academy of Music, on whose jazz faculty he currently sits. During his student years, his unique, ecumenical approach gained him widespread recognition, winning numerous awards at competitions both in Hungary and abroad including the Great American Jazz Piano Competition in Jacksonville, Florida. Kálmán founded Trio Midnight, an innovative jazz group that helped him earn recognition beyond Hungary as he became a regular at festivals in Italy, France, Spain, Belgium, Germany and elsewhere. Kálmán’s versatility as a performer is demonstrated by his passion to expand the musical boundaries and his ever-lasting quest for new forms of self-expression. He writes original music and arrangements for Hungarian and international projects, including big band and symphonic works as well as for his own formations like Kálmán Oláh Sextet and Kálmán Oláh Trio since 1995.
In 2006 he received the Franz Liszt Award from the Hungarian government and was awarded the Grand Prize of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Composer’s Competition. His winning composition, Always, is the centerpiece of his first U.S. release recorded with Jack DeJohnette and Ron McClure. It its review of Always, Jazz Times describes Kálmán as a “fully developed, finished pianist with a seductive touch and a continuous lyricism on material that never follows a linear process but rather flows and swirls. You can get lost – euphorically lost – in the reveries of Oláh’s music.” (Jazz Times, October 2007).
Kálmán's one of the most important appearance as composer and soloist is a record called Images (In memoriam Béla Bartók) written for the Budapest Jazz Orchestra (Hungaroton, 2008). It has been praised as “the best big band recording, so far, of this century,” and a “brilliant homage to, and reworking memoriam of, Béla Bartók’s music into a quasi-jazz/classical highbred that is true to both genres and crossovers between them as well” (Thomas R. Erdmann, Jazz Review).  
Kálmán's versatility as a performer is demonstrated by his passion to expand musical boundaries and his everlasting quest for new forms of self-expression. His most often presented symphonic opus titled Passacaglia for Orchestra & Jazz Trio has been performed more than 20 times with different hungarian symphony orchestras including the Orchestra of the Hungarian State Opera House.
His latest symphonic and jazz compositions are many times performed at MüPA (Palace of Arts), one of the most important concert hall in Europe, where Kalman played his own music with different symphony orchestras together with his band and world-famous musicians like Joshua Redman and John Patitucci.

Do, 23.05.2024, 14:00‒15:40  Uhr
Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien, Raum K.10 Bräunerstraße 5 1010 Wien
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