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Máté Bella

He started learning music at the age of six, later instructed by Lóránt Hajdú at the Weiner Leó Conservatory and Miklós Kocsár at the Bartók Béla Conservatory in Budapest. Since 2006, Máté Bella has been a student at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest studying music composition under the supervision of Gyula Fekete. He attended a course of the Farbotony International Festival of Classical and Modern Music (Ukraine, 2004) and the Szombathely International Bartók Seminars held by Péter Eötvös in 2006 and Zoltán Jeney and Johannes Schöllhorn in 2007. He has participated in the Hudson-Danube Project (New York - Budapest) under Joel Sachs's supervision.

Despite his young age, Máté Bella has won several composition contests, first at the age of 15 in 2000. He was the winner of both the Competition of the Weiner Leó Conservatory in 2002 and the 6th Farbotony International Competition in 2003. He was awarded a special prize at the Hungarian Composition Contest in 2004, the István Vántus Competition in 2006, the Youth Contemporary Music Evenings in 2007, 2008 and 2009, the Wekerle-March Competition and the 9th Theatre and Visual Arts Zdarzenia International Festival (Poland) in 2008. He received 'Composer of the Best Song 2007' title at a competition announced by the University of Theatre and Film in Budapest. He received first prize at the Competition of Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in 2008 (shared) and 2009. In January 2009 he won the New Hungarian Music Forum Composition Contest (UMZF2009) in the category of chamber music. In September 2009, he attended a workshop of the Ensemble "Intercontemporain".
Hossam Mahmoud

2010 Benedek Istvánffy Award
(Chuang Tzu's Dream)