“Music makes people better!” – Interview with Laszlo Marosi conductor

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 As appeared in  SZEGEDI EGYETEM MAGAZIN  DEC 2016.

The Faculty of Music organized this year for the first time (on 3-4 December 2016), a tradition of the First International Wind Band Conducting Competition. The jury took part in the works of Laszlo Marosi Artisjus double winner, FAME conductor laureate of the UNESCO “Ambassador of Peace” University of Central Florida professor who was asked about the competition, in addition to the Hungarian wind music life.

What do you think of the Hungarian wind music scene today?  What about New ways to arouse the attention of the youth  in their instrumental study and a brass band to participate in the game?

The Hungarian brass band impact can be as a great conductors baton.  In my opinion the most important factor is maintaining quality.  In this respect,  as a conductor-teacher, one needs to take great responsibility to participate in education and training on managing a conductor-teacher.  Some of the major named professionals include but not limited to: Association of Hungarian and Central and Eastern European Joseph Csikota of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE)Chairman Member Organisations, Ferenc Szabo in Gyor Symphonic Band conductor of the Hungarian Brass Band and Majorette Association president, Laszlo Dohos Magyar Army Central Band of the former conductor of the Debrecen University Music Faculty retired college lecturer and last but not least Karl Neumayer Franz Liszt Prize-winning conductor of the UP Zsolnay Wind Orchestra leader in Pécs, this shows a lot of domestic development to wind musical life . In addition to urban, music, art secondary school, music school and brass bands, a significant number of leaders throughout the country are working very hard on the co-development and to educate the next generation to love music.

The instrumental learning activity and interest of youth, and support from the education system to correct youth,  can be further developed.  The primary public schools for attending students with the addition of the vocal music education, in coordination with instrumental music education should also be possible.  There would therefore be instrumental education “hidden” away from certain sectors of society which is dedicated to the music schools. In primary schools, each youth hands could experience  some instruments – strings, brass, or the domestic impact and would provide a boost to great music teacher training.

How would you assess the first holding of the competition?  Were you satisfied with the preparedness of competitors?

Outstanding quality both main conductors and conductor / ensemble playing point of view.  Truly global standards, I dare to say  this confidently, based on my work over several decades and my involvement through five continents!

The jury took part in the work of Laszlo Marosi Artisjus double winner, FAME conductor laureate of the UNESCO “Ambassador of Peace” University of Central Florida professor.

What is the secret of a successful conductor?  Additionally, what are the competencies requited to have a maximum impact on learning techniques for conducting and interpretation?

Be a sincere man who loves what he/she does and loves all people involved, both the orchestra in front and on the other side of the auditorium!

You are invited to a regular guest conductor of the University of Szeged Faculty of Music Concert Wind Orchestra. When did this great university relationship begin between you and Mr. Joseph Csikota ,the competition’s founder conductor?

Joseph Csikota, in the ’80’s began studying in my department at the Liszt Ferenc Music Academy in Budapest. . From the first moment  he woked very hard, was determined , with God blessed talent, graduated as a conductor with honors.  For 30 years since then,  we have had a great, honest relationship and support as best we can each others irreplaceable value-creating work.

Mr. Marosi how did you start your musical studies and what was “behind” the conductor’s baton?

My father was a piano playing nd it was the first thing I  listened to from birth. For myself,  I started to learn music beginning when I was 5 years old.

Who were the artists, teachers personalities who inspired and impressed you in your performing arts’ career?

I can feel myself lucky, because of the excellent magnitude of music teacher magnitude I had early on which helped shape my concept of music.  In my childhood, my teacher was Makari Maria piano teacher, during my high school years George Peskó, Keil Erno Szabo Laszlo Farkas Antal, Franz Steiner, László Tihanyi were great teachers. At The Liszt Ferenc Music Academy: Tamás Breitner, Beetle Istvan, Fülep Thomas, Andrew Pehl, Sztán Theodore.  I was a student of Imre Foldes.  I later opened a chance to learn from great composers like Kamilló Lendvay, Frigyes Hidas, György Rank, Hollós Louis, Vavrinecz Bela Laszlo Dubrovay, Paul Rose, John Decsényi, Iván Madarász and many others.  In the 80’s and 90’s, Paul Karch was the main source of all aspects of development.

Awards ceremony of the First International Wind Band Conducting Competition

The International Wind Band Conducting Competition closing remarks were a very interesting presentation, the audience watched with great interest.  Could you tell us a little musical antidote  – of a sense of mission for – the narrow sense of brass band music?  Could During the lecture recurring “Music makes people better” slogan?

A brass band as a live medium, part of the entire family of wind instruments XIX-XX.  Since the development ofaesthetic design values ​​and repertoire of the military.  It is not easy in the choir, string quartet or symphonic repertoire to compete with the long championed brass instruments, championed for decades, with the same value treasure now.  Fortunately, a lot of talented composers in the world “took on” this band identity and challenge which is perhaps more valuable than the value of brass band pieces individually.  The music offered aesthetic experience, which  is due to the effect of catharsis and its power control facilitates the correct path for the people. I warmly congratulate this well organized and internationally weighty musical event  – which is indisputable the merit and testament to Joseph Csikota’s artistic leadership of Music and the Arts, the faculty and staff of hard work. Thank you again to be part of this prestigious competition-class conductor, I will continue to wholeheartedly support the educational work of your excellent music!



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