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Curriculum Vitae


I was born on July 20, 1938 in Vác, Hungary. I began to learn music as a pupil in primary school in Vác. My first significant music tutor was the composer Tibor Pikéthy, organist at the Vác Cathedral.

In 1953 I enrolled in the Béla Bartók Conservatory in Budapest, where I studied organ with János Hammerschlag, Kálmán Halász, Ferenc Gergely, and composition with Rezső Sugár.

In 1958, I enrolled in the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy, where I studied organ with Sebestyén Pécsi and composition with Endre Szervánszky. I earned a degree summa cum laude in organ in 1963 and a degree in composition in 1966.

I appeared as organ soloist with the National Philharmonic Society in 1963. Since then, I regularly gave concerts in Hungary. Since 1965, I have also performed in foreign countries, having given concerts in every European country. I have been most often invited to perform in Germany, France and the former Soviet Union.

I gave concerts  in the Notre-Dame and the Saint Germain-des-Pres Churches in Paris. I often returned to these places thanks to the kind invitations of the Festival Estival.

My visits to the southern part of France represents the most crucial impact on my life. I first concertized in Grignan as part of the Avignon Festival, to which I was always invited during the past two decades. The time I had spent at the festival represents the peak experiences of my artistic life. I attributes this to the lovely landscapes and rich history of this small town, the beauty of the church with its not-too-large but splendid nineteen register organ and the people I have met there with whom I established relationships. Influenced by these visits, I began to compose music again in 1979 and since presented many of my own organ works in Grignan.

I had a decades-long human and professional  relationship with organist and choir master Josef Bekmanns, who I visited several times in Germany. Due to this contact many noteworthy concerts were given in Hungary and in Germany.

In 1969 I became organ instructor at the Béla Bartók Conservatory. Since 1975, I have been teaching at the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy where I’m Professor of Organ. Since 1965, I made nearly fifty recordings for Hungaroton.

2007 Vác


Since 1993, 15 works of Gábor Lehotka has been edited by musical editors in the USA, Germany and France, and another 8 works has been edited by hungarian editors. Gábor Lehotka was Professor of Organ at the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest  until his retirement in 2008.

He died after a long illness in his hometown, Vác, on December 29, 2009.

Vác, 1 September 2010

László Lehotka