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Valér Jobbágy (Choral Conductor)

Born: 1947 - Csokonyavisonta, Hungary

The Hungariasn choral conductor and music pedagogie, Valér Jobbágy, studied ar Pécs Secondary School of Arts - clarinet studies (1961-1965); Liszt Ferenc College of Music - Secondary School Singing Teacher and Conducting Department (1965-1970); Liszt Ferenc College of Music - clarinet artist teacher (1966-1972). In 1973, he attended master-class of Professor Hans Swarowsky in Ossiach. In 2003, he earned DLA degree at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, after a ’Summa cum laude’ defense of his doctoral thesis titled "A deklamáció szerepe Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina motettáiban" (The Role of Declamation in the Motets of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)

Valér Jobbágy's teaching activities include: 1971-1974: Zoltán Kodály Secondary School of Music, Debrecen (clarinet, chamber music); 1974-1976: Pécs Secondary School of Arts (solfege-music theory, choir); 1976-1986: Teacher Training College of Pécs, Janus Pannonius University; 1986-1996: Gyula Illyés College of Education, Szekszárd; 1990-1996: Cathedral Singing School, Pécs; 1996-2007: University of Pécs, Faculty of Music and Visual Art, Head of Department; Since 1988: Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest (Subject: conducting practice, choir repertoire, choral conducting); 2004: Tokio Cantat, Japan - master-class.

Valér Jobbágy's choir conducting activities include: 1961-1965: Pécs Cathedral Youth Choir; 1975-1980: IH Chamber Choir, Pécs; 1977-2007: Female Choir of the Teacher Training College of Pécs, later Janus Pannonius University; "Puellae" Female Chamber Choir of the University of Pécs; Since 1981: Szekszárdi Madrigálkórus (Szekszárd Madrigal Choir); Since 1988: Pécs Cathedral Palestrina Choir; 1990-1996: Pécs Cathedral Singing School; Since 1994: Schola Cantorum Sopianensis.

Major competition wins: 2015: Tours, France – 1st prize, special prize, choir conductor’s special prize - Schola Cantorum Sopianensis; 2014: Baia Mare, Romania: mixed choir, 3rd prize -Szekszárdi Madrigálkórus; 2014: Arezzo, Italy - 3rd prize - Schola Cantorum Sopianensis; 2013: Gorizia, Italy – three 1st prizes and one 2nd prize - Schola Cantorum Sopianensis; 2012: Arezzo, Italy: mixed choir, 3rd prize, folklore 3rd prize -Szekszárdi Madrigálkórus; 2012: Neuchatel, Switzerland: mixed choir, 3rd prize, special prize - Schola Cantorum Sopianensis; 2010: Rimini, Italy - 3rd prize – Schola Cantorum Sopianensis; 2009: International Choir Competition, Pécs – two 1st prizes - Schola Cantorum Sopianensis; 2006: Neuchatel, Switzerland – 1st prize, grand prize – Schola Cantorum Sopianensis; 2005: Varna, Bulgaria – two 1st prizes - "Puellae" Female Chamber Choir.

2005: Cork, Ireland – special prize –Szekszárdi Madrigálkórus; 2004: Tours, France – 2nd prize, special prize of the French Minister of Culture – "Puellae" Female Chamber Choir; 2003: Camerino, Italy – 1st prize and two 2nd prizes – Szekszárdi Madrigálkórus; 2002: Camerino, Italy – two 1st prizes, Lassus Cup (Grand Prix) – "Puellae" Female Chamber Choir; 2002: Tolosa, Spain: 1st prize, two 2nd prizes, 3rd prize - "Puellae" Female Chamber Choir; 2002: Vienna, Austria – 1st prize, special prize of the City of Vienna -Szekszárdi Madrigálkórus; 2001: Neuchatel, Switzerland – 1st prize, 2nd prize, special prize – Schola Cantorum Sopianensis; 2001: Arnhem, Netherlands – 1st prize – "Puellae" Female Chamber Choir; 2000: Tours, France – mixed choir, 3rd prize -Szekszárdi Madrigálkórus; 2000: Llangollen, Wales - 3rd prize – Schola Cantorum Sopianensis; 1999: Takarazuka, Japan – Gold medal – "Puellae" Female Chamber Choir; 1999: Maasmechelen, Belgium: mixed choir, 2nd prize -Szekszárdi Madrigálkórus; 1998: Marktoberdorf, Germany – 2nd prize – Female Chamber Choir of the Janus Pannonius University of Pécs; 1998: Rome, Italy – two 1st prizes, Lassus Cup (Grand Prix), choir conductor’s prize - Female Chamber Choir of the Janus Pannonius University of Pécs; 1997: Arezzo, Italy - 1st prize, 2nd prize and 3rd prize – Female Chamber Choir of the Janus Pannonius University of Pécs; 1996: Maasmechelen, Belgium -1st prize, special prize – Female Chamber Choir of the Janus Pannonius University of Pécs; 1995: Arnhem, Netherlands – 1st prize, 2nd prize, special prize - Szekszárdi Madrigálkórus1994: Tours, France – 2nd prize and 3rd prize, special prize of the French Minister of Culture – Female Choir of the Janus Pannonius University of Pécs; 1991: Marktoberdorf, Germany : 2nd prize (no 1st prize was awarded) - Female Choir of the Janus Pannonius University of Pécs; 1991: Arezzo, Italy: Gregorian, 3rd prize -Szekszárdi Madrigálkórus; 1989: Tolosa, Spain - 2nd prize and 3rd prize -Szekszárdi Madrigálkórus; 1988: Karditsa, Greece - 1st prize and 2nd prize -Szekszárdi Madrigálkórus; 1986: Arezzo, Italy - two 1st prizes, two special prizes, grand prize - Female Choir of the Janus Pannonius University of Pécs; 1985: Llangollen, Wales - two 1st prizes and one 2nd prize - Szekszárdi Madrigálkórus; 1984: Debrecen – 2nd prize - Female Choir of the Teacher Training College of Pécs; 1982: Debrecen – 3rd prize -Szekszárdi Madrigálkórus; 1981: BBC – 1st prize – Female Choir of the Teacher Training College of Pécs; 1978: Tours, France - 1st prize - Female Choir of the Teacher Training College of Pécs; 1976: Ki mit tud? (talent show) - 1st prize - IH Chamber Choir.

Valér Jobbágy was a jury member at several prestigious European choir competitions including the competitions in Arezzo, Gorizia, Debrecen and Montreux.

Festival participations: 2011: Hodonin International Choir Festival (Schola Cantorum Sopianensis); 2010: Regensburg -Überbrücken - Fest neuer Musikimpulse (Schola Cantorum Sopianensis); 2010: "Virgo Lauretana", Loreto, Italy (Szekszárdi Madrigálkórus); 2009: "Virgo Lauretana" International Choir Festival, Loreto, Italy (Schola Cantorum Sopianensis); 2007: Autun, Fontenay, Vezelay, St. Hilaire, Epiry (Szekszárdi Madrigálkórus); 2002: Roma - Sapienza di Roma – Festival of the Earliest European Universities (Schola Cantorum Sopianensis); 2001: Bayreuth ("Puellae" Female Chamber Choir); 1999: Rassegna Internazionale di Cappelle Musicali Loreto, Italy (Schola Cantorum Sopianensis); 1998: Rottenburg am Neckar – Liturgical Music Festival (Szekszárdi Madrigálkórus); 1997: International Musical Festival Mödling, Austria (Schola Cantorum Sopianensis); 1996: Kaposvár, 1st Europa Cantat Junior Festival (Pécs Cathedral Singing School); 1989: Oristano - Sardegna - (Female Choir of the Teacher Training College of Pécs); 1987: Arezzo-Firenze- Contemporary Music Festival (Female Choir of the Teacher Training College of Pécs); 1986: Oristano - Sardegna - (Female Choir of the Teacher Training College of Pécs); 1983: 10th Saint-Vidal International Choir Festival (Szekszárdi Madrigálkórus); 1982: Fano (Olaszország) - (Szekszárdi Madrigálkórus); 1981: Galánta - (Szekszárdi Madrigálkórus)

Awards and honors: 2015: Tours, France – Choir Conductor’s Award; 2013: ”Pro Cultura Christiana” Prize by the Hungarian Catholic Episcopal Conference; 2013: ”Pro Arte” Award of the City of Pécs - as choir conductor of the Pécs Cathedral Palestrina Choir; 2009: Liszt Ferenc Award; 2000: The Common Good Award of the City of Szekszárd; 1998: Rome, Italy - Choir Condu’s Award; 1988: Trento, Italy - 1st Prize at the 1st European Choir Conductors’ Competition; 1986: Arezzo, Italy - Choir Conductor’s Award.

Recordings, CD's: 1993: Claudin de Sermisy: Missa Philomena, PRELUDIO Art Agency; 1994: Boys Choir of the Pécs Cathedral Singing School, Pécs DLCD 060; 2000: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: Missa Salve Regina, Missa Alma Redemptoris Mater, Szekszárd Madrigal Choir, ZENCD 2000-11; 2011: From the Repertoire of Ignác Glatt, Pécs Cathedral Palestrina Choir, DLCD 349; 2012: Musica Sacra Hungarica, Schola Cantorum Sopianensis, DLCD 355; 2012: In Memoriam Gyula Lajos, Pécs Cathedral Palestrina Choir, DLCD 358; 2013: In Memoriam Ferenc Mayer, Pécs C../Pic-Bio-J-BIG/Jobaggy-Valer-02.jpgathedral Palestrina Choir, DLCD 367.



Source: Szekszárdi Madrigálkórus Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (August 2016); Liszt Academy Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (August 2016)

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