B i o g r a p h y
Nandor Gotz graduated from the Franz Liszt University of Music Budapest in 1991. During his studies he also played in the international orchestra conducted by Yehudi Menuhin in Paris. Between 1994 and 2000 he was the soloist of the Cologne contemporary music group Musikfabrik. At present, he plays in several ensembles, including the Intermodulation (Hungary), Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt, Germany), Musikfabrik, Klangforum Wien (Austria). Nándor has given concerts with numerous famous composers and conductors, including Mauricio Kagel, Hans Zender, Péter Eötvös, Diego Masson, Earl Brown, and Luciano Berio. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed in almost all European countries as well as in Jordan, the USA, and Japan, in halls such as Opera Garnier in Paris, the Barbican Hall in London, the Berlin Philharmonie, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, and Lincoln Center in New York.
He is also founder of the Götz Saxophone Quartet. Nándor has given concerts, conducted and taught masterclasses in Japan. In 1998 and 1999, together with the Klangforum Wien, he was a guest artist at the Salzburg Festival. In 2009, Nándor developed a creative music theatre method for instrumental education, called the Situational Method.Since 2013, Nándor has taught an audiovisual class at the Bartók Béla Conservatory of music in Budapest, and lead contemporary music program at Franz Liszt Academy of Music.
Nándor has made studio and concert recordings with several labels and appeared on numerous radio broadcasts including Hungarian Radio, WDR Cologne, Maison de Radio France Paris, ZDF Zurich, and Radio FIN.
His most important published recordings are:
Chamber Music by Harrison Birtwistle (CPO 1995)
Rebecca Saunders: Quartet (WDR-Kairos 2001)
Satie–Xonophone: Music by Ravel, Satie, Debussy transcribed by Nándor Götz (Hungaroton HCD 31763)
László Sáry: Dance Music (BMC 2003)
C. P. E. Bach: Concertos (Capriccio)
Sounds at an Exhibition- Götz Saxophone Quartet
Since 2015 Nandor Götz is founder and Artistic director of the Zenélő Budapest Summer Festival.
In 2020 he started to designe public outdoor musical instruments as a part of the festival interactive concert programs .
As a composer, Nándor’s works for stage include: “A glass of water” (Accompanying music for chamber orchestra, to the comedy by E. Scribe), first performed by Madách Theatre, Budapest, Hungary, 2003, and “The Sword of Antony,” a crossover opera for eight singers, ballet ensemble and orchestra. The Sword of Antony was also performed at the 2005 Theater Festival of San Francisco. The last composition at present Saxophone Concerto premier was 11th October in 2020, at Danube Palace Concert Hall Budapest.