hungarian center
for early music


Prince Anton Esterházy II von Galántha


István Káptalan
István Káptalan earned his first university degree in electrical engineering, but then he also graduated with further degrees in Business Administration (MBA) and in bank management in Budapest. He has worked for several Hungarian and international financial institutions in the realms of strategy, finance/controlling and later, IT. He has participated in numerous significant bank projects in, among other places, Prague, Singapore and London. As the IT Director of the HSBC Bank responsible for Central and Eastern Europe, he worked in Prague. Later, as the IT Director of Citibank in charge of Russia, his seat was in Moscow. His main expertise lies in IT management, project management and finance.

Artistic Director

György Vashegyi
György Vashegyi graduated from Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in 1993. He founded his early music ensembles Purcell Choir (1990) and Orfeo Orchestra (1991) while still a student at the Academy. He has been artistic director of these ensembles ever since. He joined the teaching staff at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in 1992. In 2017 he was elected president of the Hungarian Academy of Arts, which post he filled for six years. He played a significant role in the formation of Haydneum – Hungarian Centre for Early Music established in July 2021; Purcell Choir and Orfeo Orchestra are the institution’s resident ensembles. He has been general music director of Hungarian National Philharmonic and Hungarian National Choir since 1 November 2022.

Since 1998 he has made more than 70 recordings (mainly leading Purcell Choir and Orfeo Orchestra), which have won numerous important international prizes; he is associated with the premieres in Hungary of more than 100 significant works of music, including in many cases modern world premieres. One of his important areas of research is 18-19th century French opera repertoire. In 2021, in recognition of his efforts at rediscovering early works, the French state awarded him the title of Chevalier L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In April 2024, he won the International Classical Music Awards’ prize for best Baroque vocal recording for his recording of French Baroque opera works – Jouissons de Nos Beaux Ans! – made in partnership with Cyrill Dubois.

Senior Operation Officer

Ágnes Baksay

Ms Baksay earned her economics degree at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Pécs with a specialisation in Corporate Finance. She has worked as FCO for non-profit organisations and as controller, finance and executive manager for multinational companies. She has also completed qualification courses to become a tax advisor and project manager in application writing. She made use of the latest qualification also throughout the projects run by her. She has contributed actively to introducing controlling and corporate management systems and has coordinated companies’ payroll, controlling, IT, and HR administration. She acted as the contact person and reported to the authorities and foreign parent companies. Her fields of expertise are finance, controlling and tax issues.

Scientific Committee

Katalin Kim
A researcher in the Hungarian Music History Department
of the Institute of Musicology of the Eötvös Loránd Research Network’s
Research Centre for the Humanities (ELKH BTK) since 1993, Katalin Kim is
currently a senior researcher, head of department and the Deputy Director of
the Institute. One of her main areas of research is the 18th century
Hungarian and Central European vocal-instrumental repertoire and the
interpretation and publication of surviving sources in music score libraries
and archives. Since 1999 she has been working on the Institute of
Musicology’s complete critical edition of the operas of Ferenc Erkel, two of
whose operas she has published. In her dissertation she analysed the method
of collaborative composition undertaken by Erkel’s workshop.

András Koltai
The historian and archivist András Koltai studied at
Eötvös Loránd University, where he obtained his doctorate in 2000. In 1994
he became the archivist for the Hungarian Province of the Piarist Order and
in 2014, secretary of the Association of Hungarian Church Archivists, whose
director he has been since 2018. He was awarded the Gyula Pauler Prize in

Board of Trustees

István Káptalan – President
Emőke Dr. Solymosi-Tari
Katalin Dr. Veszely

Board of Supervisors

Gyula Hutiray – President
Gábor Dr. F. Tóth
Réka Dr. Kruchina

Honorary Board

László Somfai
Katalin Komlós
Mária Zádori
István Kertész
Malcolm Bilson

International Press

Ulrike Wilckens, Ophelias Culture PR



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The Haydneum – Hungarian Centre for Early Music Foundation is supported by the Prime Minister’s Office – Hungary and the Gábor Bethlen Fund Management.