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He was born at Nagybecskerek (Zrenjanin), Yugoslavia (now Serbia) on 9 Februar, 1930 and he died in Budapest on June 30, 2011. He studied with Ferenc Farkas, Ferenc Szabó and János Viski at the Liszt Academy of Music (1951-57). His first international success came when a string quartet won a prize in the 1959 Liège competition. But it was the one-act opera C’est la guerre that quickly established his reputation. Broadcast in 1961, the work was staged at the Hungarian State Opera in the following year and enthusiastically received; further productions were put on in Oberhausen, Nice and Sarajevo.
His prizes and awards:Erkel Prize (1960, 1963); Kossuth Prize (1966, 2006); Artist of Merit (1975); Outstanding Artist (1982); Bartók-Pásztory Prize (1989, 2000); the Middle Cross of the Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic (1998); the Middle Cross of the Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic with the Star (2005).