Hungarian born composer, Adam Vilagi (b. 1977) was two when he moved with his parents to Finland. He obtained a Master’s degree in 2008, having studied composition with Erkki Jokinen and Eero Hämeenniemi at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and György Orbán at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest. He has since engaged in further study with Jukka Tiensuu, Jouni Kaipainen and Magnus Lindberg. In 2003, his Trois nocturnes composed that year won the international Grazyna Bacewicz Composition Competition at Lodz in Poland.
Works by Adam Vilagi have been widely heard in Finland, in many European countries and in Japan. In Finland, music by him has been performed by many of Finland’s frontline musicians, such as the Kamus Quartet, guitarists Otto Tolonen and Petri Kumela, flautist Kaisa Kortelainen, pianist Paavali Jumppanen, and the Fantasia Quintet. The Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, Joensuu City Orchestra and Tapiola Sinfonietta have also played music by him. International collaboration - including working with the NeoQuartet who premiered Vilagi’s String Quartet, Hunger in Autumn 2016.
Major sources of inspiration for Vilagi in his compositions have included the films of Roman Polanski, the short stories by István Örkény and the paintings of René Magritte.