Kati Agócs is a composer whose music merges lapidary rigor with sensuous lyricism, and is performed by leading musicians across the globe. The Boston Globe has called it "music of fluidity and austere beauty" which "combines great tensile strength with a gorgeous unfolding of luminous lyrical episodes, rich inventive counterpoint, and a feeling of deep, elusive mystery." The New York Times has described her music as “intriguing”, “striking”, “nimble”, and “filled with attractive ideas,” and her vocal writing as possessing "an almost 19th-century naturalness." Born in 1975, Kati Agócs is a citizen of three countries: the USA, Canada, and Hungary (European Union). She is a winner of the 2014 Arts and Letters Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a 2013 Composition Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. She has served on the composition faculty at the New England Conservatory in Boston since 2008. For more reviews, go to the press section. To learn more about Kati, visit her biography page.
The American Academy of Arts and Letters names Kati Agócs as a 2014 winner of the Arts and Letters Award in Music, which honors outstanding artistic achievement and acknowledges the composer who has arrived at his or her own voice
- Devotion, 50th Anniversary Commission by The Boston Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players, is premiered in Boston; The Boston Musical Intelligencer calls it "a moderate and decorous discourse"; The Boston Globe writes that "Devotion boasts angular yet lyrical horn writing ....the work engages the ear by gathering and dispersing its energy in unexpected ways..." Matthew Guerrieri profiles the concert in New Music Box
- Crystallography receives its U.S. Premiere with Collage New Music; The Boston Musical Intelligencer calls the work "a highly structured celebration of alliteration and assonance; soprano Brenna Wells’s cantillations negotiated sections of misterioso chanting, thematic folksong, and dramatic exclamation—all artfully employed by Agócs." Read the full review here
- Crystallography is performed on the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra's New Music Festival by Standing Wave Ensemble: VancouverClassicalMusic.com cites its "wondrous ease and flow," "exotic rhythms", and "hypnotic Bolero-like feel."
- "Shenanigan whirls with the energy, struggle, and humour of the people of our region..." Review of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra's performance of Agócs orchestral work in the St. John's Telegram
- Kati Agócs is named a 2013 Composition Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
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