LIGETI 100.101

On the occasion of the centenary of György Ligeti’s birth, the House of Music Hungary launches concert series in cooperation with the music academies of Vienna and Budapest, the University of the Arts Berlin, as well as Collegium Hungaricum. The nine artists participating in the program wrote new electroacoustic works inspired by György Ligeti’s compositional methods, which will be presented at key venues in the three cities.

The Ligeti 100.101 project invites participants to research the composer’s oeuvre through a creative process, where a deep understanding of his methods, thoughts and metaphors provides inspiration for the creation of new pieces performed by an ensemble of electronic musicians. Working with Ligeti’s ideas using computers, analogue/digital synthesizers, and algorithmic processes more than five decades after the composer abandoned electronic devices implies the re-enactment, re-interpretation and re-thinking of historical compositional methods. It is also an experiment to see how far 21st century technological/musical tools can extend Ligeti’s ideas.

The project involves 2 students (and/or alumni) and their mentors from each three universities (mdw-Vienna, LFZE-Budapest, UdK-Berlin). Participants shared knowledge and ideas about Ligeti’s compositional techniques, the workflows of the creative process, and the performative relationships of the pieces to be composed and realized during the project. As a closing event presenting the results of the program, three concerts – one per city – take place between November 2023 and January 2024.


  • Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien, Lehrgang für elektroakustische und experimentelle Musik
  • Franz Liszt Musikakademie Budapest
  • Masterstudiengang Sound Studies and Sonic Arts, Universität der Künste Berlin
  • Haus der Musik Ungarn
  • Collegium Hungaricum Wien
  • Collegium Hungaricum Berlin
  • BMC – Budapest Music Center
  • CTM – Festival and Platform for Adventurous Music & Art

Next event:

Berlin: January 31, 2024 (TBA)

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