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András Gábor Virágh

András Gábor Virágh was born in 1984 in Budapest. He started studying music at Váci Mihály Primary School of Music in Szombathely where, besides a complex musical training, he also started playing the piano under József Benkő's supervison. From 1994 he continued his studies in Budapest, where he learnt music theory from László Kéringer, piano from Krisztina Deli, and in 1997 his grandfather, Endre Virágh introduced him to the basics of organ playing. From 1998, he continued his organ studies with his father, András Virágh and he also started to learn music composition from István Koloss, organist of the Saint Steven Basilica in Budapest. From the autumn of 1998 until 2004 he was the organist of the Virgin Mary Main Parish Church in the centre of Budapest.

In 1999 he was admitted to the Béla Bartók Secondary School of Music, where he learnt organ playing from Zsuzsa Elekes and music composition from István Fekete Győr. From September 2003, he was Peter Planyavsky's student (organist of the Stephansdom in Vienna).

In March 2004, he performed successfully both as a composer and as a performing artist at the contemporary music festival in Eschweiler, Germany. Due to his first performance he was formally invited to compose several pieces, such as the Sonata for Flute and Piano, the "O Salutaris Hostia" for mixed choir and, during the summer of 2004, he had the opportunity to work with József Ács, pianist and composer.

In 2004, after the successful entrance examinations he started to major in organ playing at the Conservatory of the University of Debrecen under the supervision of professors Dezső Karasszon, DLA, Szilárd Kovács and Hedvig Jakab, DLA.
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In May 2005, he was offered the post of organist and accompanist of the Kántus (mixed youth choir) at the Reformed College of Debrecen by their teacher and conductor, Sándor Berkesi. Since September 2005, he has also majored in composition at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, under Gyula Fekete's supervison. In October 2005, he gave a celebratory organ recital in the Cathedral of Nantes.

Outside Hungary he performed both as a composer and as a performing artist in Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Holland, Germany, Romania, Switzerland, Serbia-Montenegro, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.