László Tihanyi was born in Budapest in 1956 and pursued musical studies at the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, where he studied composition with Rezső Sugár and conducting with András Kórodi. Since 1979, Tihanyi himself has been a devoted professor at the Academy of Music, where he acted also as vice-rector between 2000 and 2005.
He regularly conducts at home and abroad, typi¬cally 20th century classical and contemporary programmes. He appeared with all major Hun¬garian orchestras and significant European con¬temporary music ensembles, such as Ensemble Mod¬ern, Contrechamps and Musikfabrik. In 1991 he participated in the production of Maderna’s Hyperion at the Festival d’Automne Paris and the subsequent European tour. In 2002 Peter Eötvös asked him to be a second conductor of his Three Sisters for 2002 production of the Wiener Festwochen (besides Eötvös being first conduc¬tor himself).
In 1985, he founded his own instrumental Ensemble, the Intermodulation, dedicated to 20th and 21st century music, and has been the artistic director ever since.
Tihanyi is the winner of prestigious awards, including the Erkel prize and the Bartók-Pász¬tory prize.
Beside being the “composer-in-residence” of Ensemble Intermodulation, his works are per¬formed all over Europe: the Hungarian Radio commissioned Irrlichtspiel, for violin and en¬semble (a "pocket"“Rainbow over Bath”) in 1996. Schat¬tenspiel was composed for members of Forrás Chamber Music Workshop in 1997, and pre¬miered its original, four-movement version in the same year in Vienna. In 1998 two Swiss foundations, Pro Helvetia and the Zuger Kul¬turstiftung Landis & Gyr commissioned Matrix for four hands. Atte was premiered in 1999 in Berlin by UMZE Ensemble, soloists were Csaba Klenyán (clarinet) and György Déri (cello). In 2002 Musikfabrik premiered Kosmos, and a number of further commissions followed, one of which was the 20 Night Meditations for 8 solo¬ists and orchestra with double strings, that had its Western Hemisphere Premiere in February 2007 at The Juilliard School, New York in 1991. Then the Componensemble premiered Winterszenen (a work based on Schubert’s Winterreise) in 1992. Summer Music was dedicated to and premiered by Ensemble Contrechamps in 1992, one of the as yet most performed chamber setting by Tihanyi. In 1994 L’Épitaph du Soldat (a short sequel to Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale) was commissioned by Radio France.
His commission by the Opera de Bordeux and the French State for his first opera Genitrix, based on the novel by Francois Mauriac will receive its premiere on 25 November 2007 in Bordeaux.
화음프로젝트 Op. 178, ‘Song of the far away mountains for Flute, Clarinet, Piano, Violin and Cello