Ferenc Liszt Choir

Baja, Hungary

Katalin Makkai conductor

József Dankó piano accompaniment


Title Composer Lyrics
Tiszai dallamok (Three folksongs) Lajos Bárdos (1899-1986) Traditional
Üszküdárá (Uskudar) Tamás Daróci Bárdos (b. 1931) Traditional


The Ferenc Liszt Choir was formed in 1861. The repertoire includes sacred music, folk music and contemporary music. The choir has preformed on numerous concerts and has participated in many competitions in Hungary and abroad. In Olomutz, the Ferenc Liszt Choir was awarded silver degree in sacred and secular categories. For ten years the choir has hosted the "Waiting for Whitsun" Choir Festival in Baja. It performs as mixed and a female choir.

Katalin Makkai, born in 1950, is a music teacher. She studied in Baja, Szeged and Budapest. As the Director of the Choral and Vocal Music School in Baja, Katalin lectures singing and piano playing. She was a chorus master of the school’s children choir, and mentored postgraduate teacher courses. She is the choirmaster of the Ferenc Liszt Choir since 1993. She is involved in organization of music festivals involving Hungarian and foreign choirs since 2009.

Baja, a town with a population of 36 000, is a river port and traffic interchange in southern Hungary and is located on the left bank of the Danube, 167 km south of Budapest. The town has many schools and boasts a rich art and cultural life. A famous citizen of Baja is the three-times Olympic champion swimmer Katinka Hosszú.