József Csikota was born in Makó in 1963.
He graduated at the Conservatory of Szeged as a trombone teacher at the Academy of Music in Szeged and later as a wind band conductor at Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest with excellent degree.
He started music teaching at the Lajtha László Music School in Szentes in 1982, then he taught music and conducted the wind band at Bartók Béla Music School in Makó from 1984 to 1994.
In 1994 József Csikota founded the Private Music and Art School of Makó which he directs and he is the conductor of the wind bands.
He is a teacher and the conductor of Faculty of Music University of Szeged since 1998, assistant lecturer since 2009.
József Csikota founded the Makó Symphonic Band in 1996, the Concert Wind Band of Faculty of Music, University of Szeged since 1998.
He regularly judges at music competitions in Hungary.
He is the regular participant in international conferences as he considers the professional development as determinant following the international tendencies.
He made a CD recording of five contemporary compositions as premieres in Switzerland in 1998 for Felix Hauswirth’s invitation who was the chairman of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles at that time. He annually makes radio recordings with his band in Budapest since 1999. He won the “Prize of the Conductor with Most Excellent Performance” on the 2nd International Wind Band Competition at Lake Balaton in 1996. He was decorated for Public Education in 1998, for Public Activities in 2001by The Representatives of the City of Makó.
He was awarded for his professional activities with Personal Creative Award by the Authority of Csongrád County in 2002.
He is regularly invited for conducting nationally and internationally too.
He conducted in Israel in 1999; then the Concert Wind Band of Buffalo State College in the USA in April, 2004; and the Concert Wind Band of DePaul University in Chicago in November, 2005.
He was invited into San Francisco as a guest conductor in 2008. From that year he is a regular guest professor of the University of Moscow and the All Russian Wind Music Conductor Seminars.
He regularly organizes accredited conductor courses.
His Professional Prizes
József Csikota received:
-gold diploma in a qualification concert in 1985.
-2nd prize in the European Youth Music
- 1st prize in International Competition in Veszprém, Hungary in 1996
- 2nd prize in International Competition in Valencia, Spain in 1997
- “Cum Laude First Prize” at the European Youth Music Competition in Neerpelt, Belgium in 2001 and 2002 with the Wind Band
- his wind orchestra received “The orchestra having most outstanding performance” prize in 2007 at Birkfeld Intermusica Festival, and received 1st prize at Emphasized Wind Orchestra Category
-3rd prize at the International Competition of Valencia in 2008 in 1st category
-received the „Moscow Cup” at the 2nd International Wind Orchestra Festival and Competition of Moscow.
His Public Activities
He is the chairman of the Hungarian and Central-East European Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE Affiliate),
member of the chairmen of the Association for Hungarian Wind Music and Majorettes and he is the county chairman and a member of chairmen of the Association for Hungarian Music Schools and Art Schools.
He wrote the history of Wind Music in Makó from 1948 till nowadays in 1996.
In acknowledgement of his work he was invited to give a lecture in the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, USA which is one of the most significant programmes of music that is organized for more then fifty years.
You are allowed to download the following musical works by clicking on the links above. The works are played by the Concert Wind Band of Faculty of Music University of Szeged.
Date of recording: 2006.
Dr. József Csikota