Professor Peter Erdei
Professor Peter Erdei is Director-General of the Zoltan Kodaly Pedagogical Institute of Music, Kecskemet, Hungary. He earned his diploma from the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest in 1968 and was Associate Professor of Choral Conducting there from 1973–2003. He was the first guest conductor of the Hungarian Radio Choir and became Chief Conductor from 1990–92. Professor Erdei co-founded the Kodaly Musical Training Institute in Boston, MA. He has conducted the Teachers’ Choir of Kecskemet since 1976, and served as musical director of the Kodaly Choir of Debrecen from 1983–85, 1998–2000, and 2003–present. He has won awards for his premiere performances and recordings of contemporary Hungarian choral works. Professor Erdei has conducted master classes and lectured in Great Britain, Norway, Canada, the United States, Australia, Korea, Italy, and Greece, and often adjudicates at international festivals and competitions. He holds a Liszt Prize for Performing Arts in Hungary, and a Doctorate Honoris Causa from Capital University, Columbus, OH.