- János Kárpáti
(b Szászváros [now Orăştie], Transylvania, Feb 27, 1921; d Budapest, Dec 6, 2007). Hungarian composer and musicologist. He began his studies in Kolozsvár (now Cluj-Napoca), then went to Budapest, where he studied composition from 1939 with Kodály and Viski at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music. He read Hungarian and French literature concurrently at Budapest University as a member of the Eötvös Collegium; he took his doctorate in 1943, with a dissertation on the work of Kodály. In 1947–8 he attended Petrassi’s master classes at the Accademia di S Cecilia in Rome. In 1950 he was nominated professor at the Liszt Academy, where he taught music history and score reading until his retirement in 1988.
He received the Erkel Prize (1971), the Kossuth Prize (1985) and the Bartók-Pásztory Award (1986, 1998). In 1987 he was created Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French government, and in ...