Kati Agocs, characterized as a composer with a “truly individual voice” (The Boston Herald), was born in 1975 of Hungarian and American parents. In 2004, The New York Times called her music “striking” and “nimble,” and described her vocal music as possessing “an almost 19th-century naturalness.” She has studied composition with Milton Babbitt, Robert Beaser, and George Tsontakis, and voice with Adele Addison. Among her honors are a Fulbright fellowship in Composition for 2005-06, a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2001), a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship (2000-2004), honors in ASCAP’s Morton Gould Young Composer Awards (2002), a Dena Epstein Award from the Music Library Association (2004), and the Presser Foundation Award (1998). At Juilliard, she twice won the Composition Department’s annual competition, resulting in two Juilliard Symphony premieres in Alice Tully Hall. Commissions include The New York Choreographic Institute, Metamorphosen, The PRISM Saxophone Quartet, Proteus, and New Juilliard Ensemble. Kati has held fellowships at the inaugural John Duffy Institute (Virginia Arts Festival, 2005), Dartington International Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (Yale Summer School of Music), Aspen Music Festival’s 2004 Advanced Master Class, Yaddo, Virginia Center, and MacDowell Colony. She serves as founder and Artistic Director of the New York-Budapest Twin Concerts, a ground-breaking collaboration between Juilliard and the Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary. She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Juilliard.
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