Vox Insana Chamber Choir
The Vox Insana Chamber Choir started its journey in 2009, when a group of friends decided to create something new and unique. Under the direction of lead choirmaster Csaba Tőri, a recipient of the Rezső Lantos prize for young Hungarian choirmasters, the choir has become a regular performer of the choral scene in Hungary. Co-conductor Dóra Orosz, another Lantos-award recipient, joined the choir in 2016. The choir’s repertoire includes pieces from a multitude of musical eras – they are eager to perform anything from Baroque to Romanticism, from medieval to the most recent contemporary pieces. To see the full repertoire click here.
Over the last years Vox Insana participated in a number of choral competitions and festivals. Their awards and achievements include:
– Golden diploma and special award – III. The Bridge of Music Festival and International Choir Competition, 2014
– Golden diploma – IV. Keszthely Song Festival, 2015
– Golden diploma – IV. Vándor – Révész Festival and International Choir Competition, Budapest, 2016
– Gala choir category award and top score – VI. Keszthely Song Festival, 2017
– Vox Mirabilis Prize – Chamber Choir Competition Székesfehérvár, 2017
Part of the choir’s mission is to help audiences get better acquainted with choral pieces and styles, to turn them into “active listeners”. Concerts given by Vox Insana often include short lectures, communal singing, and other experimental forms of musical interaction.
Csaba Tőri was born in 1987 in Budapest. From the age of 14 he studied at the Béla Bartók Conservatory of Music, where his teachers included Gábor Ugrin, Tibor Szabó, and Lenke Igó. He then obtained a university degree in choir conducting from the Liszt Academy, where his professors included Péter Erdei, István Párkai, and Csaba Kutnyánszky.
Since 2008 Csaba is co-conductor of the Budapest Academic Choral Society lead by Gábor Hollerung. He is also founding choirmaster of the Vox Insana Chamber Choir (since 2009) and the MediCantare Women’s Choir (since 2011), and conductor of the independent company MoltOpera. From 2011 to 2014 Csaba also worked as a high school music teacher at Fazekas Mihály Secondary School. Since 2014 he teaches music theory at the Bartók Béla Conservatory. As a conductor he performs regularly with the MoltOpera company. In 2012, he conducted Mozart’s Magic Flute in Palace of Arts in Budapest, and since 2012 they annually perform at the Hungarian State Opera House’s Royal Stairs.
Csaba is a recipient of the following awards:
– First prize (Rezső Lantos Prize) and audience award – National Competition of Young Choirmasters, 2010
– Golden diploma and special award – III. The Bridge of Music Festival and International Choir Competition, 2014 (Vox Insana Chamber Choir)
– Silver diploma – Vándor – Révész International Choir Competition, Budapest, 2014 (MediCantare Women’s Choir)
– Golden diploma – IV. Keszthely Song Festival, 2015 (Vox Insana Chamber Choir)
– Golden diploma – Vándor – Révész International Choir Competition, Budapest, 2016 (Vox Insana Chamber Choir)
– Gala choir category award with top score – VI. Keszthely Song Festival, 2017 (Vox Insana Chamber Choir)
Dóra was born in 1986, into a family of artists. Having studied music from the age of 6, she enrolled at the Liszt Ferenc Music Academy’s Teacher Training Institute, where she majored in music theory and choir conducting. Her teachers included Zsuzsanna Kontra, László Norbert Nemes, Gabriella Thész, and László Matos. She received her masters degree in choir conducting from the Liszt Academy, where she took classes from Éva Kollár, Csaba Kutnyánszky and Gábor Horváth.
As a long – time chorister, Dóra is currently a member of the the New Liszt Ferenc Chamber Choir, and formerly a member of the Angelica Girls’ Choir (2000 – 2008) and the Liszt Academy’s Alma Mater Choir (2006 – 2010). As a conductor she has led the Budapest Show Choir (2008 – 2010) and the Vác Harmony Choir (2009 – 2015), currently she is co – conductor of the Vox Insana Chamber Choir.
Dóra is experienced in performing and conducting contemporary choral music. An example is her graduation concert in 2010 where she led the University Choir performing Georgi Sztojanov’s great choral piece.
Dóra is also the recipien t of the following awards:
– Third place (Rezső Lantos Prize) – National Competition of Young Choir Masters, 2008
– Frigyes Juhász Scholarship
– Gala choir category award and highest score – VI. Keszthely Song Festival, 2017 (Vox Insana Chamber Choir)
– Vox Mirabilis Prize – Chamber Choir Competition Székesfehérvár, 2017 (Vox Insana Chamber Choir)
Csaba Tőri, conductor: +36 30 692 7644
Gábor Recski, chairman: +36 20 970 9419