Mihály, András, Hungarian composer, conductor, administrator, and teacher; b. Budapest, Nov. 6, 1917; d. there, Sept. 19, 1993. He was a student of Adolf Schiffer (cello) and of Leó Weiner and Imre Waldbauer (chamber music) at the Budapest Academy of Music. He also received private instruction in composition from Pal Kadosa and István Strasser. After playing 1st cello in the orch. of the Budapest Opera (1946–48), he was general secretary of the Opera (1948–50). From 1950 to 1978 he taught chamber music at the Budapest Academy of Music. He also was a music reader with the Hungarian Radio (1962–78). From 1978 to 1986 he was director of the Hungarian State Opera in Budapest, and then of the student orch. at the Budapest Academy of Music (from 1986). In 1952, 1954, and 1964 he received the Erkel Prize, and in 1955 was awarded the Kossuth Prize. He was made a Merited Artist (1969) and an Outstanding Artist (1974) by the Hungarian government.
dramatic:Együtt és egyedül (Together and Alone), opera (1964–65; Budapest, Nov. 5, 1966); incidental music for plays and films. orch.: 3 syms. (1946, 1950, 1962); Cello Concerto (1953); Piano Concerto (1954); Fantasy for Wind Quintet and Orch. (1955); Violin Concerto (1959); Festive Overture (1959); Monodia (1971). chamber: Piano Trio (1940); 3 string quartets (1942, 1960, 1977); Rhapsody for Viola and Piano (1947); Serenade for Wind Trio (1956); Suite for Cello and Piano (1957); Movement for Cello and Piano (1962); 3 Movements for Chamber Ensemble (1969); Musica per 15 for Chamber Ensemble (1975); Musica for Viola and Piano (1977). Piano: Sonata (1958); Rondo (1958); 4 Little Piano Pieces (1958); Ciaccona (1961). VOCAL: Liberty and Peace for Chorus and Orch. (1942; not extant; 2nd version, 1949); Youth! Defend Peace! for Chorus and Orch. (1950); My Beloved Hungarian Fatherland for Chorus and Orch. (1952); The Red Cart for Chorus and Orch. (1957); 1871 for Chorus and Orch. (1960); Apocrypha for 3 Women’s Voices, Clarinet, and Percussion (1962); Fly, Poem! for Chorus and Orch. (1967); choruses; songs.
J. Kárpáti, M. A. (Budapest, 1965).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire