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Latest concert music performances, commissions, and reviews

The Claremont Trio premiere recording of Queen of Hearts and performance at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC; See concert details (October 2019)

Saint Elizabeth Bells with No Exit New Music Ensemble in Cleveland, OH: three performances and premiere recording by Nick Diodore, Cello and Guest Artist Chester Englander, Cimbalom; See concert details (September 2019)

Kati Agócs is Composer in Residence at The Walden School (Dublin, NH) (July 2019)

The Aspen Daily News interviews Kati Agócs about the Aspen Music Festival’s upcoming season; Read the article (June 2019)

Musical scores by Kati Agócs are now distributed internationally by Theodore Front Musical Literature; Scores and parts are still available here on this site (June 2019)

Horn Concerto for James Sommerville co-commissioned for premiere in the 2020-2021 concert season by an international Consortium of five orchestras: Symphony Nova Scotia, Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, and Prince Edward Island Symphony Orchestra (May 2019)

New article in Sonograma Magazine: “Contemplation to Transcendence in the Polytextual Music of Kati Agócs” by Katherine Balch. Read the article here (May 2019)

Reviews of Imprimatur (String Quartet #2) in its Prairie premiere by the Jupiter String Quartet: “Modern, lyrical, and fugue-like in its interplay between the four players… a roller coaster of sound, emotion and technique” - Debra Domal, Smile Politely (Champaign-Urbana’s Culture Magazine) (April 2019) Read the review “Some of the most attractive contemporary music I have recently heard” - John Frayne, The News-Gazette (Champaign, IL) Read the review (May 2019)

World Premiere with Ashmont Hill Chamber Music: The Boston Globe’s Winter Arts Preview features Rogue Emoji , commissioned by Ashmont Hill Chamber Music for Hub New Music with support from the Cricket Foundation, in its Classical Music Picks

New York premiere of Hyacinth Curl on Dawn Upshaw’s vocal program with Bard Conservatory singers at National Sawdust, April 2019 Get concert information; watch a video of the piece

The 2019 Aspen Music Festival features Concerto for Violin and Percussion Orchestra with Jennifer Koh as soloist; Read season announcement

Curatorial residency with Metropolis Ensemble: Concert series A Stone’s Throw at 1 Rivington Street, New York, featuring the New York premieres of Tantric Variations (String Quartet #1) and Ambrosiana for solo piano

Canadian premiere of Immutable Dreams with Continuum in Toronto; Swedish premiere of Nostalgia for Airs Unheard by pianist Roland Pöntinen in Stockholm; U.S. premiere of Nostalgia for Airs Unheard by pianist Jiaqi Long in New York (January 2019)

The Claremont Trio performs Piano Trio Queen of Hearts at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston (November 2018) Hear the piece

First review of Imprimatur in the Boston Musical Intelligencer captures the Boston premiere at the Harvard Musical Association together with works by Debussy and Felix Mendelssohn: “technically expressive counterpoint…as a throbbing prayer, the movement scaled heightened rhythmic suspense…” Read the review; Hear the piece (October 2018)

Kati Agócs is a visiting composer at the Bowdoin International Music Festival Read details here (July 2018)

Imprimatur, second string quartet by Kati Agócs, opens the 2018 Aspen Music Festival with world premiere; Commissioned jointly by the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Harvard Musical Association, and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaigne in honour of the 15th Anniversary of the Jupiter String Quartet; Additional upcoming performances at Madeline Island Chamber Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Harvard Musical Association (Boston), Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Read the Aspen Times article Read the Aspen Daily News article (June 2018) 

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performs the Canadian premieres of Vessel and Devotion with Bramwell Tovey conducting; commissioned by Meet the Composer for Metropolis Ensemble (Vessel) and the Boston Symphony Chamber Players (Devotion) (May 2018)

Concerto for Violin and Percussion Orchestra world premiere and recording for Naxos by Nicholas Kitchen, Frank Epstein, and the New England Conservatory Percussion Ensemble as commission from the Fromm Music Foundation of Harvard University (April 2018)

80th Birthday concert for Joan Tower spearheaded by Kati Agócs at New England Conservatory features the Borromeo Quartet giving the Boston premiere of Tantric Variations (String Quartet #1) (February, 2018) Read the Boston Globe article on Joan's residency, including interview with Kati Agócs

The Prince Edward Island Symphony premieres A Hero's Welcome under Mark Shapiro as co-commission with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (November 2017) Watch a video of the Eastlink TV Broadcast of the performance here

The Boston Musical Intelligencer reviews the Boston premiere of Queen of Hearts by the Claremont Trio at Ashmont Hill Chamber Music: "[the piece] draws one in and gratifies with its clear communication...the Claremonts matched the intensity and lyricism in the score...plainly, they are making this music their own" (November 2017)

Gramophone Magazine reviews the album The Debrecen Passion: "an iridescent wonder...evokes specific sacred texts or implications to haunting impact......vocal and instrumental splendour....penetrating individuality....a composer of imposing artistic gifts" (October 2017)

Review of Queen of Hearts Premiere: "an artist with ravenous taste and the skills to match" (August 2017)

Oregon Artswatch preview article: World premiere of piano trio Queen of Hearts at Chamber Music Northwest (July 2017)

New Music Box article by Katherine Balch on Kati Agócs's musical mentorship and studio teaching at the New England Conservatory (July 2017)

The Debrecen Passion, work for 12 female voices and orchestra, is nominated for Classical Composition of the Year in the 2017 Juno Awards (April 2017)

Solo piano work commissioned by The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, performed by finalists in the Iowa Piano Competition (March 2017)

The Toronto Symphony and the Prince Edward Island Symphony co-commission A Hero's Welcome; world premiere conducted by Hannu Lintu: "The fanfare built to a jubilant climax...a reminder that while the returning hero may be celebrated, the fighting continues" (March 2017)

The Debrecen Passion (CD) is one of The Boston Globe's Top Ten Classical Albums of 2016: "sublime....a mystical confluence of the sacred and secular illuminated by the superb Lorelei Ensemble and BMOP" (December 2016)

The Washington Post reviews the U.S premiere of Tantric Variations, Kati Agocs's first string quartet, at the Library of Congress by the Cecilia String Quartet on the Library's Stradivari instruments: "Gorgeously played...It was as if the very string-quartet structure that Gubaidulina had dismantled in her piece was being reconstituted and given a sense of hope by Agócs" (December 2016) Listen to WQXR's on demand stream of the performance

The Debrecen Passion (CD) is a 2016 MusicWeb International Recording of the Year: "highly imaginative and compelling" (December 2016)

The first round nomination ballot for the GRAMMY® award  includes The Debrecen Passion and Vessel for Best Classical Composition and Best Small Ensemble Performance respectively (October 2016)

Members of the Sarasota Symphony perform Immutable Dreams in Sarasota, FL; The Sarasota Observer says: "we need to hear more of this composer" (October 2016)

The Debrecen Passion is Music Web International's Album of the Month: "a moving, spiritual experience, both powerful and with a timeless appeal...a disc worthy of attention, and guaranteed to offer an overwhelming experience..." (September 2016)

Immutable Dreams performances in New York and Boston; profile of Third Sound concert at National Sawdust in The New Yorker (May 2016)

The Cecilia String Quartet premieres Tantric Variations, first String Quartet by Kati Agócs (CSQ Commission), in Toronto (April 2016)

Review of Toronto Symphony Orchestra performance of Perpetual Summer under Thomas Søndergårdby Ontario Arts Review: " ideal choice as the overture for the evening's program" (April 2016)

Audiophile Audition reviews the new albumThe Debrecen Passion: "One of the brightest stars in her generation of composers...the more I hear of Kati Agócs's music, the more I like it..." (September 2016)

The Debrecen Passion is New York's WQXR Q2 Album of the Week: "high-craft, high-drama music...hurtles themes of love and devotion through a particularly intense prism of influences and language" (January 2016)

Boston Globe review of Kati Agócs portrait concert in Jordan Hall, Boston: "Hub New Music transports with all-Kati Agócs program" (January 2016)

Boston Musical Intelligencer review of Kati Agócs portrait concert in Boston: "Stunningly varied works that clearly emerge from a single personality...a distinct voice that is challenging without being elusive... an unshakable emotional core" (January 2016)

Boston's Hub New Music premieres Hyacinth Curl, a new work for soprano and alto soloists playing Schulmerich handbells; The Boston Globe calls the work "exceptionally transporting", while the Boston Musical Intelligencer describes it as "a restrained but effective aesthetic seduction." (January 2016)

WBUR ARTery reviews The Debrecen Passion, Boston Modern Orchestra Project's new CD of orchestral music by Kati Agócs: "starkly beautiful solo sections, duos, and trios...the feeling is religious, deeply spiritual, but it's the sound that tells you this, not the words" (January 2016)

Focus! 2016 - Milton Babbitt's World: A Centennial Celebration features chamber music by Kati Agocs in New York, January 28, 2016;
The New York Times highlights the Babbitt centennial in William Robin's article 'Making Milton Babbit's Legacy Less Fearsome" (January 2016)

Boston Musical Intelligencer Previews Portrait Concert Strength in Fragility: Chamber Music of Kati Agócs in Jordan Hall (January 2016)

The Boston Globe: Looking Ahead to Bounty of 2016 Concerts including January 24 Kati Agócs Portrait Concert in Jordan Hall (December 2015)

Symphony Nova Scotia premiered newly commissioned Schubert orchestration by Kati Agócs (December 2015)

Press release from 21C Media, Inc.: January Album Release and Spring 2016 Concerts (December 2015)

The Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University awards a 2015 Fromm Commission to Kati Agócs; new concerto for violin and percussion orchestra to be premiered by the New England Conservatory Percussion Ensemble with Boston Symphony Orchestra percussionist Frank Epstein as conductor, December 2015

Virtual Residency at the North Carolina School for the Arts, December 2015

Kati Agócs travels to Havana, Cuba as part of American Composers Forum Artistic Delegation to Cuba for performance of Immutable Dreams, November 2015; Read listener impressions

The Aaron Copland Fund for Music awards recording grant for The Debrecen Passion, BMOP/Sound's upcoming CD of orchestral music by Kati Agócs, August 2015

The Massachusetts Cultural Council names Kati Agócs as the recipient of an Artist Fellowship award in Music Composition, June 2015

The Chelsea Music Festival presents Immutable Dreams at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York with Kati Agócs as Composer in Residence, June 2015

Ensemble Reconsil Vienna presents the Austrian premiere of Immutable Dreams in Vienna, May 2015

The American Academy of Arts and Letters presents Saint Elizabeth Bells, Supernatural Love, other works by the 2014 Arts and Letters Award in Music winners in inaugural Salon Concert in New York, April 2015

Boston Globe Review of The Debrecen Passion: "A striking work that places a complex sonic palette at the service of a visceral intensity of expression...her billowing vocal writing is highly expressive, yet also subtle...", January 2015

Boston Classical Review: The Debrecen Passion: "A kind of Song-of-Solomon-like merging of spiritual and earthly ecstacy...unpredictable to the end", January 2015

Boston Musical Intelligencer Review of The Debrecen Passion: "ravishingly beautiful...orchestral interludes of great power and beauty", January 2015

David Weininger writes in the Boston Globe on The Debrecen Passion premiere, January 2015

Interview with Kati Agócs in The Boston Musical Intelligencer, January 2015

News release from 21C Media Group: The Debrecen Passion premiered by Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Lorelei Ensemble, January 2015

Twin Cities/Pioneer Press Review of Perpetual Summer performed by the Minnesota Orchestra with Osmo Vänskä conducting: "a fascinating balance of strength and sadness", January 2015

Minneapolis Star Tribune Article profiles the Minnesota Orchestra Composers Institute, including the premiere of Perpetual Summer, January 2015

The Windsor Symphony Orchestra performs Shenanigan in the composer's birthplace, November 2014

Kati Agócs wins the Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; The Arts and Letters Award in Music, formerly the Academy Award, honors outstanding artistic achievement and acknowledges the composer who has arrived at his or her own voice. TheAcademy cited "music that seems to come directly from nature... a wonderfully accessible that unfolds with both drama and complexity, and takes risks with both the ideas and the use of the instruments", also praising the music's colour, spirituality, and individuality. See a photograph from the Academy's exhibition of award winners, May 2014

Sopranos Anne Harley and Jane Sheldon premiere Divani Hayati, setting of a Ghazal by Bibi Hayati in the original Farsi for two sopranos and percussion, commissioned by the Canada Council for the Arts, April 2014

Ensemble Reconsil Vienna presents the European premiere of the string trio All the Ends of the World, March 2014

Devotion, Fiftieth Anniversary Commission from The Boston Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players is premiered in Boston, February 2014

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...[with] sections of misterioso chanting, thematic folksong, and dramatic exclamation—all artfully employed by Agócs."(Read the full review here), January 2014

Crystallography performed on the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra's New Music Festival: cites its "wondrous ease and flow," "exotic rhythms,"and "hypnotic Bolero-like feel," January 2014

"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, November 2013

World premiere of Saint Elizabeth Bells on the New England Conservatory's First Monday series. Saint Elizabeth Bells is a duet for cello and cimbalom honouring the memory of Sándor András Agócs (1932-2011), November 2013

World Premiere of Crystallography for soprano and chamber ensemble with texts by Canadian poet Christian Bök, commissioned by Standing Wave Ensemble in Vancouver, October 2013

Kati Agócs is named a 2013 Composition Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, April 2013

Music by Kati Agócs featured on Boston's WGBH "Drive Time Live": Hear 'Every Lover is a Warrior' performed live by harpist Ina Zdorovetchi, March 2013

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra performs music by Kati Agócs for the first time to rave reviews: The Toronto Star calls Shenanigan "a whirl of symphonic fun...a burst of party energy"; Shenanigan programmed by more than seven different orchestras since its premiere in 2011, September 2012

Music by Kati Agócs is an Audience Choice Winner on the SONiC (Sounds of a New Century) Festival in New York in 2011. Broadcast on WQXR's Re:Sound Program, October 2011

Bowdoin International Chamber Music Festival features Awakening Galatea with Kati Agócs as soprano soloist as part of the Charles E. Gamper Festival, July, 2011

New work for solo harp, Northern Lights, commissioned by Conrad and Louise Golaski and premiered by Bridget Kibbey, September 2011

Vessel, commission by Meet the Composer for Metropolis Ensemble, premiered at Symphony Space in New York, with a half evening's program of music by Kati Agócs and online virtual residency, April 2011

Shenanigan, new work for orchestra commissioned by James Sommerville for the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, premiered in Hamilton, Ontario, April 2011

Ensemble Contemporain de Montreal premieres Elysium for flute choir, processed solo cello, and recorded sound in Montreal in Montreal; Canada Council for the Arts Commission, February 2011

Immutable Dreams receives its U.K. premiere with Lontano (London), October 2010

The National Youth Orchestra of Canada premieres 50th Anniversary Commission Perpetual Summer at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa with Jacques LaCombe conducting and with Kati Agócs as composer-in-residence, Summer 201