Zoltán Kallós passed away
Zoltán Kallós, one of the most significant Hungarian folklorist of the 20th century, died on 14 February in Válaszút (Răscruci), his birthplace in his 92th year of age. HHA regards his death as losing one of its own. His funeral took place on 17 February at the Hajongard cemetery in Kolozsvár. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán emphasized that with Zoltán Kallós's death "we have lost a great patriot".
HAA academicians awarded with Corvin Chain
President János Áder bestowed the Hungarian Corvin Chain Award for Merit on artists and scientists on 12 February 2018. The honour was given to actor Péter Huszti, member of HAA and Artist of the Nation, orientalist Miklós Maróth, former foreign minister János Martónyi, classical philologist Zsigmond Ritoók, professor Péter Sótonyi, biochemist Sir George Radda and sculptor Miklós Melocco, member of HAA and Artist of the Nation.
László Kovács and Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematographer Award
The László Kovács and Vilmos Zsigmond, late Member of HAA cinematography award, named after two outstanding Hungarian cinematographers, was established by Sparks camera and lamp rental company, the Hungarian Society of Cinematographers and the Hungarian Cinematographers' School. The László Kovács and Vilmos Zsigmond cinematographer competition has been sponsored by HAA, Hungarian National Film Foundation and Sparks Ltd.
President of HAA acclaimed in France
The productive collaboration between the Purcell Choir & Orfeo Orchestra both led by conductor György Vashegyi, President of HAA and the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles began in 2011. Their latest album - Un Opéra pour trois rois - was born from this work. The December edition of Opéra Magazine in Paris honoured the album: György Vashegyi and his groups and three singers - soprano Chantal Santon-Jeffery, soprano, Emőke Baráth, baritone Thomas Dolié - won the Diamant de l'Opéra grand award of the prestigious periodical for the second time (for the first time in 2015).