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Kati Agócs

Boston, MA            

The music of Kati Agócs is hailed for merging sensuous allure with lapidary rigor and performed by leading musicians worldwide. The Boston Globe has called it “music of fluidity and austere beauty…with a visceral intensity of expression.” The New York Times has characterized her chamber music as “striking” and her vocal music as possessing “an almost nineteenth-century naturalness.” Gramophone Magazine has cited the “penetrating individuality” of her vocal/orchestral music, calling it “an iridescent wonder.” A recent Guggenheim Fellow, Kati Agócs has also been awarded the prestigious Arts and Letters Award, the lifetime achievement award in music composition from The American Academy of Arts and Letters. Upcoming projects include a large-scale work for chorus and orchestra commissioned by The Jebediah Foundation and a Horn Concerto for James Sommerville co-commissioned by a consortium of five orchestras in the U.S. and Canada.  Recent works include her second string quartet Imprimatur, the piano trio Queen of Hearts, and the Concerto for Violin and Percussion Orchestra.  The Debrecen Passion, her orchestral/vocal album with Boston Modern Orchestra Project, was one of The Boston Globe’s Top Ten Classical Recordings of 2016. The title track was nominated for Classical Composition of the Year in the 2017 Juno Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy Awards. In the U.K., MusicWeb International celebrated the CD as a “highly imaginative and compelling” Recording of the Year. Kati Agócs is a citizen of  the United States, Canada, and Hungary (European Union). She currently serves on the composition faculty of the New England Conservatory in Boston.