An experimental composer, Márta’s works employ technical procedures associated with repetitive music, and contain references to folk music as well as elements of the classical and light music traditions.
István Márta was born in Budapest, on 14 June, 1952. He studied composition with Rezső Sugár at the Budapest Academy of Music where he graduated, also with a teacher’s degree, in 1981. In 1976, he attended a composition course led by Witolt Lutosławski in Yugoslavia.
In 1973, Márta collected folksongs among the Hungarian Csángó ethnic group in Moldavia, Romania.
In 1972-76, he was leader of the musical section of the Young Artists’ club. In 1975-82, he led the Young Composers’ Club of the Association of Hungarian Musicians. In 1982-84, he headed the music section of the Council of Young Artists.
Between 1981 and 1983, Márta taught music history and 20th-century music analysis at the jazz faculty of the Béla Bartók Secondary School. In 1980-83, he was a member of Group 180, a Hungarian ensemble specialising in minimal and repetitive music. Since 1980, he has played and widely toured with the Mandel Quartet which performs both early and contemporary music.
In 1989 he founded the Kapolcs Days of Art, lated renamed as the Valley of Art Festival, which became the largest multicultural festival in Hungary.
His prizes and awards:Prizes at the Tribune international des compositeurs, Paris (1981, 1987); Erkel Prize (1987); Golden Medal from the President of the Republic (1998); Knight’s Cross of the Order of the Hungarian Republic (2009); Officers’ Cross of the Order of the Hungarian Republic (2002); Middle Cross of the Order of the Hungarian Republic (2012).