Márton Illés (*1975)

“Márton Illés composes music in which exact calculation and risk are held in a precise balance.

The expression of emotion in his music is always contained within the bounds of a structural whole; the rationality is confronted with a powerful and incisive sound-world and explosive energy. This has lead Illés in recent years to an authoritative mode of expression that is able to make its own statement without relying on compositional trends or fashions.”
(Wolfgang Rihm)

Photo © by Robert Máté, Berlin

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Born in Budapest on 12 December


Basic musical training in piano, composition and percussion in various Kodály schools in Györ (Hungary)


Composition studies at the Musikhochschule Basel with Detlev Müller-Siemens


Soloist's Diploma in piano under László Gyimesi at the Musikakademie Basel


Composition studies at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe with Wolfgang Rihm and Michael Reudenbach (music theory)


Christoph and Stephan Kaske Award

since 2005

Lecturer for music theory at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe


Advancement Prize of the Ernst-von-Siemens-Musikstiftung Schneider Schott Award Paul Hindemith Award


Scolarship holder of the Villa Massimo in Rome


Scolarship holder of the 'Experimentalstudios der Heinrich-Strobel-Stiftung des SWR'


Scolarship holder of the Villa Concordia, Bamberg
Performances at and commissions from many music festivals and institutions: Europäischer Musikmonat Basel, Berlin Philharmonie, Berlin Radio Orchestra and Choruses, Ultraschall Berlin, "Hommage à Bartók" Festival Budapest, Hungarian Radio, Festival Saison l’orchestre de Caen, Cairo Opera House, Creek Art Fair Dubai, Haydn Festival Eisenstadt, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Hessischer Rundfunk, Freie Akademie der Künste in Hamburg, Heidelberger Frühling, Kasseler Musiktage, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Munich Biennale, Gasteig Munich, Stiftung Schloss Neuhardenberg, Klangspuren Festival Schwaz, Swiss Radio DRS, Spoleto Festival, Eclat-Festival Stuttgart, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Südwestrundfunk, Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik.
Writings by Márton Illés

„Ich bin ein absoluter Organiker“. Márton Illés im Gespräch mit Burkhard Schäfer, in: ensemble (2011), Heft 3, S. 24-27

Musik als klingende Energie. Hans-Dieter Grünefeld im Gespräch mit dem Komponisten, in: Musik & Theater, Juli? 2012, S. 32-34

Writings on Márton Illés

Hiller, Egbert: „Manische Entwicklungslinien“. Der ungarische Komponist Martón Illés, in: Neue Zeitschrift für Musik, 172 (2011), Heft 1, S. 46-49
Introducing Márton Illés. Radioportrait von Michael Rebhahn, Erstsendung HR, 2.12.2008

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