Pápa (Hungary), 1955

Gyula Csapó born in Hungary, completed his composition studies in the Bartók Conservatory (B.Mus, 1970-1974) and Liszt Academy (M. Mus. and D. Mus., 1974-81) in Budapest. He also studied musical acoustics and computer music at I.R.C.A.M. in Paris (1981) and, as a Woodburn Fellow, completed his Ph.D. in the United States at S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo with Morton Feldman and Lejaren Hiller (1983-87). He then received grants from The Soros Foundation and the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts at the recommendation of John Cage in New York. Cage also helped him to obtain Permanent Residency in Canada (1990) where he is now a citizen (since 2001). Csapó taught at McGill (Montréal, Canada, 1990-91) and Princeton (New Jersey, U.S., 1991-94) Universities before joining the Faculty at the University of Saskatchewan in 1994 where he is a Full Professor. His music has been performed worldwide including Lincoln Center in New York, The Huddersfield Festival, Royal Festival Hall in the UK and The Juilliard School. Csapó also taught composition at the International Bartók Festival and Seminar in Hungary (2008) where his orchestral work, Talea Iacta Est was premiered. In October, 2008 Rivka Golani premiered Csapó’s Concerto for Viola and a Changing Environment at the Budapest Autumn Festival.