Péter Balás


Chorus singer
Member of the Chorus since: 1997

Education and training:
Fazekas Street Primary School, music department, Miskolc
Béla Bartók High School of Music, Miskolc, double bass department
Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, university branch, academic voice pedagogy and choral directing department, Budapest (1992-1997)
Teachers of choral directing: Péter Erdei and István Párkai

Has sung with the following choruses:
Forrás Chamber Choir, Miskolc (1989-) Choral competitions: Budapest, Riva del Garda, Litomysl. Chorusmasters: Csaba Kiss and Ildikó Molnár Balásné
Charity Choir (1990-1992) Chorusmaster: András Tornay
Hungarian Continental Singers (1990-1994) Tour of several countries, three studio recordings, directors: András Tornay and Éva Lukács
Tomkins Vocal Ensemble, Budapest (1996) artistic director: János Dobra
Bartók Chorus, Miskolc, chorusmasters: János Reményi, Dr. István Balás, Sándor Szűcs
Budapest University of Economic Sciences Prelude Chorus (1994-1997) Choral competitions: Budapest, Litomysl, Debrecen. Placed in category 3 in Debrecen. Toured France. chorusmaster: Sándor Kabdebó.
Octovoice Vocal Ensemble, founding member (1997)
Hungarian State Opera Chorus (1997-), principal bass (2001-)

Choral directing activities:
Prelude Chamber Chorus (1994-1997) second chorusmaster
Musica Ludens Chamber Chorus (1996-) chorusmaster – appearances: National Haematological Institute, Kossuth Clube, Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music's Small Hall, Hungarian National Gallery, Hungarian National Museum, Saint Stephen's Basilica, additional concerts at museums and churches, Veszprém Vocal Festival, Őrség Blossom Festival
1998: Riva del Garda Competition, fourth place
2001: Czech Republic, choral competition, rated “gold”
2003: Nevers, France, vocal festival
2007: Bad Ischl, chorus festival
2009: Attila Balázs: Missa Jubileo, Budapest world premiere accompanied by the Central Band of the Hungarian Army's trombone quartet
2009: Prague Advent Chorus Festival

Recordings: one radio recording and two CDs

Directed as choirmaster at the head of the ensemble, in addition to the a cappella works forming the background of the repertoire, the following works with orchestral accompaniment:
2010 Charpentier: Te Deum – accompanied by the Central Band of the Hungarian Army (The recording can be heard here.)
2011-2015 Puccini: Messa di Gloria – accompanied by organ and orchestra.
2011 Telemann: Siehe da church cantata
2015 Mauricio Vicencio: Misa Andina – accompanied by the Los Gringos ensemble

Other choral directing activities:
Since 2002 has directed external choruses at the Hungarian State Opera
2005-2007 Conducted the chamber chorus assembled from the Opera's Chorus in several charity concerts of Puccini's Messa di Gloria in both Győr and Budapest.
2006 At the ceremony celebrating the rededication of the Statue of Saint Stephen in Buda Castle, to which the Opera's Chorus, which he directed, had received a special invitation.
2011 On the occasion of the Day of Hungarian Culture, conducted a medley from Ferenc Erkel's opera Bánk Bán