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Bella Máté

Máté Bella was born in Budapest in 1985. He studied composition with Lóránt Hajdú at the Leo Weiner Secondary School of Music, with Miklós Kocsár at the Bartók Secondary School of Music, and with Gyula Fekete at the Liszt Academy of Music.

He attended several important courses, including the International Bartók Seminar, where in 2006 he took the classes of Péter Eötvös, and in 2007 those of Zoltán Jeney.

Despite his young age, he boasts a number of competition prizes. In 2010, in Lisbon, his composition Chuang Tzu’s Dream won the International Rostrum of Composers’ recommendation for broadcasting by leading classical music radio stations the world over. In 2011 the London Sinfonietta performed the piece in Budapest. On 3 August, 2010, his musical Lady Domina had its premiere at The Courtyard Theatre, London, as Better than Sex. The same year a musical he wrote with Orsolya Karafiáth won the third prize of Madách Theatre’s musical competition. In 2011 he participated at a workshop jointly organized by the Prague Goethe Institute and the Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt. The resident conductor of the project called “Where from? Where to? Myths – Nation – Identities” was Péter Eötvös.

He is frequently invited to compose incidental music for theatre productions, as those of the National Theatre. In 2012 the Liszt Academy of Music commissioned him to compose the one-act opera Spring Awakening, which had its world premiere at the Hungarian State Opera.