Agnes GerendayBudapest / Hungary

Ágnes Gerenday was born in Budapest. She completed her studies at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music as the student of Zoltán Vásárhelyi, József Maklári, Erzsébet Szõnyi, Olivér Nagy, Margit Gaál and Márta Ónody, as high school music teacher and choir conductor. After graduating from the Academy, she worked for a year at the Institute of Musicology of the Hungarian Academy of Science. After that she worked as a docent at the Teacher Training College in Zsámbék (Hungary) for five years, where she taught music theory, music history, choral conducting and methodology. Since 1983, she has been being employed by the Hungarian Ministry of Culture as a chief counselor of professional music life. She had worked as a contributing music editor at the Hungarian Radio for 28 years. She is the leading conductor of the Budapesti Ifjúsági Kórus. The choir sings many oratorical and a cappella pieces, gives many concerts in Hungary. They gave highly successful concerts in Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Romania and in the Netherlands. Under the name of Talentum Choir in the last 5 years they performed oratorios from Händel, Bach, Beethoven, Britten, Mozart, Orff and Franz Schmidt; many times in Salzburg/Austria. She is a member of the Hungarian Choirs and Orchestras Association (KÓTA ) presidium, she is also the jury member of many choir competitions.