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György Ligeti

György LigetiAKA György Sándor Ligeti

Born: 28-May-1923
Birthplace: Dicsöszentmárton, Transylvania, Romania
Died: 12-Jun-2006
Location of death: Vienna, Austria
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Zentralfriedhof, Vienna, Austria

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Composer

Nationality: Austria
Executive summary: Lontano, Lux Aeterna

Made to work in a Nazi labor camp from 1943 until the end of the war, while the rest of his family was sent to Auschwitz. Fled Hungary in 1957, taking up residence first in Cologne (where he made the acquaintance of Karlheinz Stockhausen) and in 1959 in Vienna. Became a naturalized Austrian citizen in 1967.

An excerpt of his works was famously used by Stanley Kubrick in his film 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).

Wife: Vera Ligeti
Son: Lukas Ligeti (musician)

    High School: Conservatory, Kolozsvár, Transylvania, Romania (1941-43)
    University: Budapest Music Academy (1945-49)
    Teacher: Harmony and Counterpoint, Budapest Music Academy (1950-56)
    Scholar: Composer-in-Residence, Stanford University (1972)
    Professor: Composition, Hamburg Music Academy (1973-89)

    Léonie Sonning Music Prize 1990
    Balzan Prize 1991
    Kyoto Prize 2001
    Polar Music Prize 2004
    Naturalized Austrian Citizen 1967
    Hungarian Ancestry



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