BALÁZS ALPÁR

composer, arranger, performer, music producer

Balázs Alpár...

…is a multi-award winning Hungarian born music composer active in various genre fields. He graduated at the composition faculty of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. He gained his sound engineer certificate at the Hungarian State Radio. He studied media composition, jazz arrangement and studio technology at the University of Music and performing arts Vienna, where he also completed his doctoral studies. Besides writing concert pieces for chamber ensembles, choirs, symphonic orchestras, jazz and electronic bands, he regularly composes applied music for various media.

As a media composer...

…he has scored the music of several feature films, animation shorts, commercials and theatre shows. He has created the sound logos and commercials of the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall (Palace of Arts) in Budapest, as well as the sound logos of the Hungarian Klasszik Rádio. He is the in-house composer and sound designer of Kedd Animation Studio lead by Oscar-nominated Géza M. Tóth. In recent years Alpár’s music has been commissioned by Hungarian and international partners such as HBO Europe, Vodafone, Philips, General Electric, Bonbonetti, ORF Radio Austria, MOME University. The multi-award winning film Paper World featuring Alpár’s music has received nearly 10 million views on National Geographic’s website.
| Media music portfolio |
| Credit list |

As a performing keyboardist...

…he regularly plays Hungarian and international concert venues with his Fugato Orchestra, a 13-piece fusion chamber ensemble which he founded and composes music for.

| Concert music portfolio |

As an educator...

…he conducts workshops for groups and private students. He has developed inspiring interactive music training programs for diverse age groups. He has been invited to guide music coaching programs at several institutes and companies. As a musical program advisor he helps the organisation of the Hungarian TED Conferences, the TEDx Danubia.
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2016 International Soundtracks Competition (finalist)
2015, 2016 Zoltán Kodály State Grant for Composers
2011 Klassz Talents Award
2009 Berlinale Talent Campus Film music scholarship
2007 Palace of Arts Budapest Sound Logo Contest 1st Prize
2007 International Live Award – Hungarian winner, International 9th place with Fugato Orchestra
2006, 2007, 2009 Budapest Fringe Festival – Audience Prize
2002 Béla Bartók improvisation contest 2nd Prize

In his PhD dissertation written at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna he studies correspondences between composers’ communication strategies and composition methods in pop/classical genre-crossing works.
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Crossing Over – book premiere

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My hardcover book about strategies and techniques of genre mixing has been published by the German SVH-Verlag. Order your printed copy from here, or download the Pdf version.   Analyses of chosen works from Gentle Giant, Liquid Tension Experiment, Kutiman, and of popular adaptations of Vivaldi´s “Four Seasons” help illuminate characteristics of different sub-categories of...

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I got into the finals of the International Soundtracks Competition

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I am proud to be among the finalists of the Film Music 2016 – International Soundtracks Competition organized by the Italian Associazione Ravel. http://soundtrackscompetition.weebly.com/

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PhD Thesis about Crossover music defended in Vienna

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I successfully defended my PhD dissertation written at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. In the theses titled “Crossing Over” I studied correspondences between composers’ communication strategies and composition methods in pop/classical genre-crossing works. What do genre-mixing composers intend to communicate when quoting elements of musical cultures with associations to extra-musical meanings like...

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Working on a new animation series

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7 funny characters (the “KUFLIs”) from András Dániel’s successful children’s book come to life in the new series “Egy kupac kufli” by Kedd Animation Studio. Music and sound design by Balázs Alpár. Main Title Song (feat. Peter Scherer):   …another piece from the soundtrack:     We recorded and designed special sounds for each of...

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Hugo Bumfeldt Suite

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My new soundtrack suite inspired by Katinka Éva Bognár’s animated short is out on soundcloud.

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2 new soundtracks for animated short films

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The year 2016 started with two inspiring commissions. Focusing on the first important years of olimpic champion swimmer Krisztina Egerszegi’s sports carreer the short film “Little Mouse” was a very nice project to work on. Due to many under-water training scenes the film needed a lot of music. Another filmscore I worked on in the...

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