Music Teacher and Choral Conductor
Assistant Professor of Choral Conducting
Born in 1964, Sándor Kabdebó obtained his first diploma at the Budapest University of Economics in 1987. In 1994 he graduated at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest as a music teacher and conductor. He attained master classes of Gábor Hollerung (1992 and 1999), Frieder Bernius (1993), Johannes Moesus (1993), László Heltay (1997), Robert Sund (1999), Johannes Krell (1999), András Farkas (2004) and Dénes Szabó (2006). He completed his DLA studies in 2016 at the Doctoral School of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest.
Mr Kabdebó has been acted as a music teacher and choir conductor in different primary and secondary schools from 1993. Currently he is a music teacher at Zoltán Kodály Primary and Secondary School, where he was also the conductor of the Children’s Choir of the Hungarian National Radio between 2012 and 2015. Since 2008 he has been a teacher of conducting and choir leader at the Eszterházy Károly College of Eger.
In 1988 he founded Mixed Choir Prelude, Budapest, which has been the official choir of the Corvinus University of Budapest (the successor of Budapest University of Economics) since 1991. The repertoire of the choir is wide, covering all periods of classical music history from renaissance to contemporary music.
With his choirs he has won more than 25 prizes (1st, 2nd or 3rd) at international choir competitions – the last success is the third prize won in Neuchatel in 2014 –, received special prizes for conducting, for the interpretation of contemporary pieces and also for artistic impression. He has also been actively participating in the Hungarian choral life, where his latest achievement with Prelude Mixed Choir the Grand Prize of the 7th Zoltán Kodály Hungarian Choir Competition together with the Audience Award in 2015. In 2006 he was awarded the prize of Artisjus Musical Foundation for his outstanding work in musical education.
He also regularly performs oratorical pieces with his ensembles, including international projects, such as the one in the summer of 2001, in Autun, France, where in the frame of a Hungarian Year he taught for and performed with a choir and orchestra of 250 persons Budavári Te Deum and Psalmus Hungaricus from Zoltán Kodály.