László Somfai#


László Somfai
Former Member
Email:somfai 'at' zti.hu
Membership Number:2292
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:HUNGARY
Section:MUSICOLOGY & HISTORY OF ART & ARCHITECTURE
Username:lsomfai
Homepage: http://www.zti.hu/bartok/ba_en_10_m.htm?0101


Present and Previous Positions
  • 1997–2007 Director of the Ph.D. Program at the Liszt Academy of Music
  • 1989 “Ernest Bloch Professor” at the University of California at Berkeley
  • 1969 Lecturer, 1988–2006 Full Professor, musicology, Liszt Academy of Music (State University) Budapest, currently Prof. emeritus
  • 1962 Member, 1972–2004 Head of the Bartók Archives of the Institute for Musicology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • 1958 Music Librarian, National Széchényi Library Budapest

Fields of Scholarship
  • Joseph Haydn
  • Béla Bartók, with special stress on the complex investigation of primary sources in relation to the compositional process, to the genre stratification, and the authentic performance. Additional fields
  • W. A. Mozart
  • Michael Haydn
  • Franz Liszt
  • Ferenc Erkel
  • Anton Webern
  • Igor Stravinsky
  • performance of the composer's own works

Honours and Awards
  • 1988 Corresponding member of the American Musicological Society
  • 1994–1998 Founder-president of the Magyar Zenetudományi és Zenekritikai Társaság (Hungarian Musicological Society)
  • 1995 Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (1995 corr., 2004 ord. member)
  • 1996 ASCAP-Deems Taylor award
  • 1997 Corresponding member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • 1997–2002 President of the International Musicological Society
  • 1998 Corresponding member of the British Academy
  • 1999 Széchenyi-Prize (Budapest)


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