In 2011, two great musical ensembles of Debrecen – the Kodály Philharmonic Orchestra and the Kodály Choir – were brought together under one roof: Kodály Philharmonia Debrecen, which, since then, has been coordinating the entire classical music life of the city under the guidance of director-art director Dániel Somogyi-Tóth.
The two major local classical ensembles, the Debrecen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Kodály Choir have been interconnected since 2005, as the Municipality of Debrecen, their maintainer, decreed. With the approval of Mrs. Zoltán Kodály (née Sarolta Péczely), the ensemble adopted the name Kodály Philharmonic Debrecen on October 1, 2011, as part of Kodály Philharmonia Debrecen.
In May 2011, Dániel Somogyi-Tóth was appointed director-art director of Kodály Philharmonia Debrecen. He created the new image of the Kodály Philharmonic, also – as head of the umbrella organisation of the two ensembles –, he is responsible for the coordination and development of the classical music scene in Debrecen. His duties include the revitalisation of synergic potentials inherent in the Kodály Philharmonic and the Kodály Choir, so that, in addition to the internationally acclaimed Choir, the Kodály Philharmonic Debrecen would receive greater space, recognition and acclaim in Hungary and even in the world music scene – to further Kodály’s mission with their name, art and work.
Dániel Somogyi-Tóth - professional biography
General, Artistic director
Chief Conductor - Kodály Philharmonic
Máté Szabó Sipos
Chief Conductor (Choir) - Kodály Choir
Head of Artistic Administration
Eszter Grünwaldné Almássy
László Lajosné Bengi
Clerical assistant, accountant