Dr. Katalin Kiss is founder, conductor and artistic director of Ars Nova Vocal Ensemble, Hungary; and professor of conducting and musicianship at the Kodály Institute of Ferenc Liszt University of Music. She received her diploma in choral conducting and music education and took her doctor’s degree ( DLA, Doctor of Liberal Arts ) at the Ferenc Liszt University of Music in Budapest.
Dr. Kiss spent several years at the Kodály Center of America in Boston, Massachusetts, as a guest lecturer and conductor.
She is a regular performer and lecturer at music conventions, symposia and seminars and juror at international choir competitions in Hungary and worldwide. She is the representative of Hungarian choral conductors in the Council of World Choir Games.
In 1990, she founded the Ars Nova Vocal Ensemble. Under her lead, the choir won major titles in international choir competitions. Besides many first prizes and special honors, they won Grand Prizes in Ankara, Turkey 1996; Tours, France 1997; Zwickau, Germany 1998; and Budapest, Hungary 1999.
With Ars Nova Vocal Ensemble and other choirs, she gave hundreds of concerts throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and the United States and has given numerous first performances and radio recordings and CDs.
In 1993, she founded Ars Nova Editio and became one of the major publishers of contemporary Hungarian choral music. She received several prestigious awards for the extraordinary high standard of the dissemination of contemporary music.