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Andrea Csereklyei (Soprano)

Born: 1971 - Kecskemét, Hungary

The Hungarian soprano, Andrea Csereklyei, completed her primary and high school studies at the Zoltán Kodály Primary School of Music and High School of Music in Kecskemét, specialising in cello. She went on to obtain a diploma in music theory teaching in 1996 (The Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest), in vocal teaching, and also as a chamber artist in 2000 (Liszt Academy of Music Institute of Teacher Training, Budapest), then in solo singing and teaching (MA) in 2008 (University of Debrecen, Faculty of Musical Arts, Debrecen). She won several international contests. She won 3rd prize at the Johann Strauss Song Contest in Vienna in 1999, and was awarded the Artisjus Prize in Hungary for her performance of contemporary works the same year. Her teachers include: Judit Sándor, Margit Kaposy, Annamária Schmiedt, Katalin Schultz, Mrs Éva Raics Szerdahelyi, as well as singing coaches Judit Böszörményi and Katalin Hegedüs Gönczy. She was an active participant of master-classes held by Anna Reynolds, Walter C. Moore, Adrienne Csengery, György Kurtág, and Julia Hamari. She won the Annie Fischer scholarship in 2000-2001. In 2003, she was awarded the Ari Kupsus Society’s scholarship. In 2007, she won the Special Prize at the International Händel Song Contest in Eger, and was a finalist at the L’Orfeo contest in Verona.

Andrea Csereklyei’s debut on the opera stage was in 1998 as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, followed by recitals where she mainly performs as a soloist of classical and baroque oratories. She frequently sings at song recitals, and has been involved in the premier of several contemporary works.

Andrea Csereklyei is a frequent soloist of Hungary’s foremost orchestras - Orfeo Orchestra and Purcell Choir, Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra, Budafok Dohnányi Orchestra, Budapest Strings, etc - and a returning guest of various festivals around the country. (Budapest Spring Festival, Haydn at Eszterháza, Miskolc International Opera Festival, Zemplén Festival, Mini Festival.) She sang the lead role at the first performance that showcased period instruments at the Hungarian State Opera House in 2000 (L’infedeltá delusa). In addition to her performances in Hungary, she sang with the Münchner Philharmoniker, conducted by Helmuth Rilling in Germany in 2001, with the Orfeo Orchestra at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence in 2002, and was invited in 2003 to the May Festival in Guadalajara in Mexico. In 2004, she went on tour with the Budapest Chamber Opera to the "Magyar Magic" cultural season in London as a guest soloist, appeared at the Toujours Mozart festival in Vienna and Salzburg in 2005, and at the Hungarian Opera in Kolozsvár (Cluj Napoca) between 2004 and 2008. In 2009-2010, she sang at Bartók+ International Opera Festival in Miskolc, Primatial Palace in Bratislava and Hungarian Cultural Institute in Prague. In 2011, she appeared in concert series Forever Mozart produced by Xaver Varnus and in several performances on the occasion of Ferenc Franz Liszt's 200th birthday. In summer 2011 she was invited as a guest professor at the Internatonal Singing Masterclass in Petrovice (Czech Republic), after this she sang role Pamina at the renewed Iseum in Szombathely.

Her performances have been conducted by, among others, Helmuth Rilling, Graeme Jenkins, Ádám Fischer, Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli, Zoltán Kocsis, Tamás Vásáry, György Vashegyi, Gergely Kesselyák, András Ligeti, Gábor Hollerung, György Selmeczi, Jos Vranken, Fabio Pirona, Laurent Petitgirard, Elisabeth Fuchs.

She was a founding member of the Ars Nova Vocal Ensemble, which continues to perform successfully today. During recent years, she has been a guest artist in Vienna, Salzburg, Moscow, Cluj Napoca, Bucharest, Bratislava, Prague, the Hague, Florence, Munich, Stuttgart, London, and Mexico.

Andrea Csereklyei has participated in a number of radio and television programs, and is the soloist of multiple records in the "World Premiere" series of medieval, renaissance and baroque music, published by Hungaroton Records. She also participated in the opera history TV-series entitled Opera Tales From Kolozsvár, produced for Hungarian Public Television. She appears in the Budapest Chamber Opera’s film production of L'incoronazione di Poppea (The Coronation of Poppea, 2009) and Duna Television’s documentary series entitled My Contemporaries (2010). She was a collaborator on the CD recording of Laurent Petitgirard’s contemporary opera, Guru, conducted by the composer, in the autumn of 2010. (Naxos).

Andrea Csereklyei has also taught since 2003.

Source: Andrea Csereklyei Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2012)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Soma Dinyés


BWV 243a

Salamon Kamp


BWV 245 [8th]

István Zimániyi


C-1 (2012, Video): BWV 21
C-3 (2016, Video):
BWV 6 [2nd recording]
V-2 (2014, Video):
BWV 243
V-3 (2013, Video):
BWV 245 [1st recording]

Links to other Sites

Andrea Csereklyei - Soprano (Official Website) [English/Hungarian]

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