Norbert Németh (1975- )
A researcher medical doctor (M.D. Ph.D., med. habil.), university associate professor and composer. He was born in Budapest, grew up in Ercsi, lives in Debrecen, Hungary.
The founder of the Medical Students Chamber Choir at the University of Debrecen
Medical School, Hungary. He was awarded the prize Pro Universitate
Juventutis (1998). He is a member of the Hungarian Society of Religious
Music, International Kodály Society, Classical Composers Department of ARTISJUS
Society (Hungarian Bureau for the Protection of Authors' Rights), founder and
co-leader of the A&S Music Industry of the 21st Century
Hungarian Music, between 2004 and 2012 Vice-President of the Con Spirito Musical
He was given the prize Cultural Award (2001) and the merit Honorary Freeman (2010) by the Local Government of Ercsi for the role he has played in the cultural life of his birthplace.
He started to write music
at the age of twelve and he has been composing ever since, as a prolific
composer. His music comprises piano and organ pieces, solo instrumental pieces,
works written for chamber, string and symphonic orchestra, choral works, requiem, Te Deum mass
His compositions were
presented on several occasions in Ercsi, in Hatvan, in Debrecen (St. Anne's
Church, Csonka Church, University of Debrecen, Liszt Ferenc Conservatory of
Debrecen, Csokonai Theatre), in the Cathedral of Eger, in Budapest (Matthias Church, Budapest
University of Technology and Economics, Club Ratkai, Nador Hall, Bartok Museum
- Memorial House, Palace of Arts) Miskolc National Theater in Hungary, in Sydney (Australia), in Beijing (China) (Jintai Art Museum, Forbidden City Concert Hall) and in Kiev (Ukraine) (House of the Union of Ukrainian Composers)
at ceremonial concerts, at festivals, at charity, recital, church and orchestral concerts.
Main musical events, notable performances:
cassette with his music came out in 1999 containing A Mass for Medical Students
(Missa pro artis medicae studiosis) and several other shorter pieces (Opening
to Eger, Laudate Dominum, The Tenth Week) and it was published again in
2000 (© DOTE Cultural Office, 1998.). The musical pieces on the cassette
are performed by Gabriella Hegyes, the Sol Oriens Choir and the students of the
Liszt Ferenc Conservatory of Debrecen conducted by Sarolta Deményi. In the year
of the Hungarian millennium the musical score of the mass was published by the
Saint Stephan Society with the professional recommendation of László Tardy (©
Saint Stephan Society, 2000.). Following the concert of April 12, 2000 Radio Bartók (the sole
classical music radio of Hungary) made a musical interview with the author.
symphonic piece titled Gulls in the Skies of Freedom: An Homage to the Youth
the Revolution of 1956 was written for the commemoration ceremony on
October 22, 2000 upon the request of the 1956 Foundation of the Budapest
University of Technology and Economics and it was based on the short story of
Magda Gy?ri titled 1956. At the highly successful world première
the Symphonic Orchestra of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics
was conducted by László Bartal and the ceremony was broadcast live on MTV 1
(Hungarian TV 1) and Duna Television (TV Danube). Dr. Ferenc Mádl, the
President of the Republic of Hungary honored the event with
his presence and he warmly congratulated the author on the music in his letter
of appreciation. This piece of music came out on the promotion CD of the
University performed by the Symphonic Orchestra of the Budapest University of
Technology and Economics (© Ars et Sanitas, 2001.). The musical score of
the piece was published by Ars et Sanitas Company in 2001 with a recommendation
from László Bartal. The symphonic poem has been performed at the ceremonial
concert of 56, organized by the Hungarian Embassy, Ambassador Mr. Sándor
Mészáros and Mrs. Zsuzsanna Mészáros cultural attaché, with Beijing Xinya Kongqi
Symphonic Orchestra (artistic director: Nicholas M. Smith) conducted by the
overture celebrating the event when the village of Ercsi gained the status of township came
out on CD in 2000 (© Ercsi Eötvös József House of Culture, 2000.). The overture became the local anthem of the city.
opera titled Mendacious Romance was
written in 2001 for Magda Gy?ris libretto based on Norbert Nemeth idea. In
2002 the libretto was translated into Italian by Dóra Várnai with the
title Romanza mendace, and the English
translation was made by Linda Domjan. While the music is modern it was
written as a tribute to the opera of the 19th Century and the
setting of the opera in terms of both period and location can be anywhere at
any time as the music deals with global and timeless issues.
By the summer of 2003 a
promotion film was made, which gives a cross-section of the opera titled
Mendacious Romance and introduces the author. The film has a Hungarian,
an English and an Italian speaking version. A cross-section performance of the
opera was given on August 29, 2003 at Ercsi Eötvös Napok (Ercsi Eötvös Days) with the
participation of a symphonic orchestra and opera singers. The CD containing
selections from this concert and the piece Commemoratio , which was composed
for the Opening Ceremony of the 7th Congress of the International Society for Experimental
Microsurgery based upon the request of Prof. Istvan Furka, was published in
the 2004 (© Convention Budapest Ltd., Ars et Sanitas, 2004.).
On April 17, 2009 a grand concert of Norbert Nemeths music was performed at the
Forbidden City Concert Hall, one of the mostly frequented concert halls of Beijing, China. In the first half of
the concert selections from the opera Mendacious Romance were performed
by American, Austrian, Swedish and Chinese singers (sung in Italian) with the
Xinya Kongqi Symphonic Orchestra (new name: Peking Sinfonietta) conducted by Professor Nicholas M. Smith (UK). The second half of the
concert was entitled Symphonic journey from the Danube to the Yangtze with
the Gulls in the Skies of Freedom, and with the world premières
of the From Anatolia Fantasia for Strings and of the Mystic China
Symphonic Pictures, conducted by Jin Ye, one of Chinas leading young
composers, conductors and musicians from the China Conservatory of Music. The
concert was sponsored by Gerald M. Clarke (Ireland).
On January 28, 2011 a recital concert
entitled Musical Dialogues: Ukraine - Hungary of Zoltan Almashi (Ukraine) and Norbert Nemeth (Hungary) was held in Kiev, Ukraine at the House of the Union of Ukrainian Composers.
The concert was be performed by the The National Ensemble of soloists Kyivska Kamerata,
conducted by Valerij Matyukhin.
Works performed were: Zoltan Almashis Genesis, Chamber cantata, Nostalgia for cello,
and Norbert Nemeths From Anatolia - fantasia for strings, Three Aquarelles and the In Khmelnytsky's Land, which piece was composed for this occasion. The concert was sponsored by
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Kiev Embassy of the Republic of Hungary.
Based upon the request of the Rectorate and Professors Committee of University of Debrecen, he composed a symphonic orchestra piece entitled Laudatio Symphonica Universitatis Debreceniensis for the Centenarian Ceremonies, jubilating the 100-year official existing and history of the University of Debrecen. The première was held at the Csokonai Theatre, on February 3, 2012 by the Symphonic Orchestra of the Faculty of Music, University of Debrecen, conducted by Máté Hámori. An additional piece, the Ceremonial fanfare was also composed for the Medical and Health Science Center.
His wind instrumental solo and chamber works composed in the last couple of years have been regularly and auspiciously performed countrywide (Club Ratkai, Nador Hall, Bartok Museum - Memorial House, Palace of Arts). The latest chamber concert held in the Liszt Hall of Faculty of Music, University of Debrecen (November 26, 2012) was recorded by the Bartok Radio.
In 2013 he was given the fellowship award of the Foundation for Culture of Debrecen.
In 2013 his three-act opera Mendacious Romance (Italian version Romanza mendace) was selected as one of the finalist works of the Key to the Future International Opera Composer Competition announced by the Bartok Plus Operafestival in Miskolc, Hungary. The opera had been honored by the greatest audience success, and won shared first prize.
Also in 2013 the opera Romanza mendace was given the BMO Mainstage Award in the International Composer Competition announced by the Boston Metro Opera (BMO) company.
Interviews, discussions and musical reports were broadcast or published in the mass media:
several issues of Ercsi Híradó (Ercsi Herald, 1997-2010), several issues of Fejér Megyei Hírlap (Fejér County Post, 2000-2006), the September 26, 1997, the October 20, 2006 and the June 17, 2013 issues of Hajdú-Bihari Napló (Hajdú-Bihar County Daily), the March 16, 1998 issue of Egyetemi Élet (University Life), the October 2002 issue of Sydney Magyar Krónika (Sydney Hungarian Chronicle), Harrow International School Beijing Newsletter (March 2009), The Beijing Time Out (April 17, 2009), MTI Hungarian News Agency Corporation news at numerous internet portals (April, 2009). Communications by the Bartok Plus International Opera Festival 2013 of Miskolc.
Debrecen Cívis Rádió (Radio Cívis Debrecen, November 4, 2001. 11:00), Kossuth Rádió (Radio Kossuth, February 18, 2000. 16:25) in the programme 'Népzenei Krónika', Bartók Rádió (Radio Bartók, August 22, 2000. 18:05) in the programme 'Hangadó', Civil Rádió Budapest (Radio Civil, Budapest, January 28. 2005. Disputa, 9:00-11:00), Radio Junior (August 21, 2005. 9:00-10:00), Klub Radio (February 16, 2013).
programmes, discussions, interviews and broadcastings:on several occasions between 1997 and 2005 in Ercsi Mozaik TV (Mosaic TV Ercsi), Debrecen Television (TV Debrecen, September 27, 1997; January 25, 2013 and May 29, 2013), Alföld TV (March 28, 2013), Egri TV (TV Eger, October 26, 1997), MTV 1 (Hungarian TV 1, October 22, 2000, broadcast from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics), Duna Television (TV Danube, March 31, 2000, October 22, 2000, broadcast from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics). Interview by Grace Sun (Green Pasture Media, UK-China, May 10, 2009, Dublin), Miskolc TV (June 21, 2013)
Selected works of Norbert Nemeth (Title, Instrumentation, Year,
Solo instrumental works:
Quoddam lucidus est piano (1994), 6
Tizedik hét (The Tenth
piano (1995), 9
Five intermezzos organ (1995), 10
Salutatio festa organ (2000), 8
Three aquarelles clarinet (2004), 6
Memento bassoon (2005), 4
Canyon voices trumpet (2007), 5
Leprechauns magic secret bass clarinet (2009),
Laudatio organ (2009), 6
Scherzo minuto flute, clarinet, 2
bassoons (1995), 1
Opening to Eger 2 trumpets, organ
Trio clarinet, bassoon, piano (2009), 5
Monostorerdei diófák (Juglans of Monostorerdő) clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon (2011), 8
Ceremonial fanfare (Univ. Debrecen) 2 horns, 2 trumpets, trombone, tuba (2011), 4
Late summer oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon (2012), 5
Requiem S-A-T-B soloists,
mixed choir, organ, symphonic orchestra (1994), 75
Missa pro artis medicae
studiosis (Mass for Medical Students) mezzo-soprano voice, violin solo,
mixed choir, organ (1996), 33 revised in 2009, 35
Laudate Dominum mezzo-soprano voice,
violin solo, organ (1997), 5
Psalmus CXXX mixed choir (1997), 5
Commemoratio mezzo-soprano voice,
organ (2004), 14
Harlequin dala baritone voice, piano
Psalmus XCI mixed choir (2005), 9
Vocalise baritone voice (2007), 4
Te Deum S-A-T-B soloist, boys choir, mixed choir, symphonic orchestra (2012), 18
Az éjféli rózsa (Midnight Rose) chamber orchestra
Ercsi üzenete chamber orchestra
Sirályok a szabadság egén
(Gulls in the Skies of Freedom) symphonic orchestra (2000), 9
Mystic China - Symphonic Pictures symphonic orchestra
From Anatolia Fantasia for Strings string orchestra
In Khmelnytskys Land string orchestra (2010), 11
Elegia con scherzo string orchestra (2011), 14
Laudatio Symphonica Universitatis Debreceniensis
symphonic orchestra (2011), 12
Aias fantasia for symphonic orchestra (2012), 18
Hazug románc (Mendacious Romance, opera in three acts (2001), 48 +
45 + 26
Monsignore del Dongo, opera scenes in two
parts (2002), 35
Contact to Norbert Nemeth:
Address: Komáromy u. 10/3, Debrecen, H-4030, Hungary
Phone (mobile): +36 30 2783 993
Website: www.norbertnemeth.com, www.arsetsanitas.hu