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Matthias Kadar - photo Romain d'Ansembourg

Matthias Kadar, composer, was born in Paris of Hungarian-German parents in 1977. Kadar studied with Christian Lauba in Bordeaux and later with Theo Loevendie at the conservatorium in Amsterdam. In his Oeuvre, there are about two hundred pieces for most instruments including a book for piano (Der Virtuos), a book of songs for baritone voice and piano based on poems in German, Hungarian and French, a small theater piece (Cyrano) and a Concerto for violin and orchestra (Aede). Most of his works have had public performances at different festivals all over the world. (Mahler festival in Budapest, Ireland, Japan, USA, Salzburger Festspiele, etc. .)

As a singer and chansonnier, he is, next to his work as a soloist, performing together with the Budapest Festival Orchestra in an opera of Iván Fischer or with different groupes. Until 2014 he was part of the Trio ‘Trio de Passage’ together with saxophonist Hester Cnossen and puppeteer Feike Boschma.

In 2016 his new composition on ‘Casanova’ will be performed by himself as a soloist and the ensemble of the Ij-Salon consisting  mainly of players of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. In 2015 his composition ‘Peintures’ for the David Kweksilber Bigband and Leo van Oostrom as a saxophone soloist was performed at a Jazz Jubilee in Arnhem and in the Bimhuis in Amsterdam. In 2014 his composition for orchestra ‘Lebam’ commissioned by the NSO orchestra and the Dutch Performing Art Funds was performed in the 10 great halls of The Netherlands including the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam. From 2012 to 2014 he has performed as a soloist singer with dance groupe LeineRoebana in the production ‘NexT’. In 2012 he gave in the Netherlands a number of concerts together with the Dutch Chamber Choir for which he composed and arranged the hole program and was invited to perform as a soloist and presentator.

At the National Remembrance Ceremony of the 4th of May 2009 in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam in the presence of H.M. the Queen of the Netherlands, H.R.H the Prince of Orange, H.R.H. Princess Máxima, government officials and members of parliament, two compositions of his for women choir and tenor solo were performed: ‘Is dit een mens’ on a text by Primo Levi in the translation of Jan van der Haar and ‘Navertellen’ on a text by Wim de Bie. These compositions were commissioned by the ‘Nationaal Comité 4 en 5 mei’ of the Netherlands.

He has written works for the Budapest Festival Orchestra conducted by Iván Fischer, ‘Stichting het 20ste eeuwse lied’, the Leo Smit Ensemble, the Oh-Ton Ensemble (Germany), the Nieuw Ensemble, ‘Het Trio’, the Hexagon Ensemble, the Ricciotti Ensemble, the Nationaal youth choir of the Netherlands, the Nederlands Kamerkoor, the Davis Kweksilber Bigband, for Harry Sparnaay, Annelie de Man, Arno Bornkamp, Masumi Nagasawa, Leo van Oostrom , Reinild Mees, Irene Maessen, Thomas Oliemans, Marcel Beekman, Roger Braun, Ralph van Raat, Klárá Würtz, József Lendvay, Christoph Hansen, Marcel Beekman, Ralph Rousseau Meulenbroeks, Hester Cnossen, Maarten Koningsberger, Cora Burggraaf, Iván Fischer en Isidor Lateiner.