István Koloss composer, organist was a student of Professor Ferenc Gergely and István Szelényi at the Academy of Music. In 1963 he took Marcel Dupré’s improvisation course and in 1972 Fernando Germani’s master class.In addition to major cities in Hungary, he has given concerts in Austria, England, Finland, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. He has taught several courses in Budapest, Győr, the Vienna Academy of Music and Ratzeburg. In 1963, he became an organist at St. Stephen’s Basilica and artistic director of the summer organ concert series. He taught organ and composition at the Church Conductor Institute.
Church compositions make up a significant proportion of his oeuvre. His works are also known outside Europe and have been the subject of numerous CD, radio and TV recordings. Of his orchestral compositions, two of his symphonies, his work written for St. Francis of Naples and his Organ Concerto, were presented at the Assisi Music Festival.
In 1982 he was awarded the Pro Arte Assisi Prize and the Knight’s Cross of the Republic of Hungary.
Between 1963 and 2010, the Choir of St. Stephen’s Basilica was accompanied by an organ on Sundays at 10 o’clock Masses and other holidays.
István Koloss was one of the most defining figures of 20th century Hungarian church music, and for decades, until his death, he served as the organist of St. Stephen’s Basilica in Budapest. Not only as an organist, but also as a composer, he left us a significant legacy, mainly through his ecclesiastical compositions, especially his choral works. His works are characterized by a unique style, his improvisational talent was unique.
István Koloss died on April 11, 2010, suffering from a long illness with patience.