Mátyás Seiber

The Hungarian cellist and composer Mátyás György Seiber was born in Budapest on 4 May 1905, and died in a car crash while on a lecture tour in South Africa on 24 September 1960. After some years in Europe, including composition studies with Zoltán Kodály, he reached England in 1935 and became increasingly influential through his conducting and teaching. He taught at Morley College in London and his composition students included Peter Racine Fricker, Anthony Milner and Hugh Wood. He composed for films (such as the 1954 Animal Farm produced and directed by John Hallas and Joy Batchelor) as well as the concert hall, and left some exquisite chamber music.


A selection of articles about Mátyás Seiber

CD Spotlight. Quite Eclectic - Geoff Pearce is entertained by three absurdist works from the 1930s. '... a snapshot of a different age, captured brilliantly.'

Echoes of Oblivion by Robert McCarney - Looks like we got ourselves a reader

Classical music news - Music, Migration and Mobility - Malcolm Miller previews a new exhibition in London about émigré composers

Ensemble. Diction and Projection - A performance by The Hills Singers impresses Keith Bramich