Cathedral Choir Master, János Czifra

was born on 24.12.1951 in Budapest. After gaining his Matura (general qualification for university entrance) at the Piarist secondary school in 1970, he studied architecture at the Technical University and graduated in 1975. In 1977, János Czifra was admitted to the Franz Liszt Academy of Music for choral conducting and musical education. In 1979, he won the first prize at the university's choral director competition. In 1980, he completed his training in Budapest. 

Afterwards, János Czifra continued his studies in Prof Gerhard Wimberger’s director’s class at the Mozarteum University Salzburg. After his diploma concert, he returned to Hungary in July 1982 and was hired as répétiteur and conductor at the National Theatre of Győr. At the same time, he also worked as a music teacher at the Franciscan secondary school in Szentendre and as a choir director in the Szent Imre parish in Budapest.  

In November 1982, he married the Salzburg musician, Regina Glaser, who is the harpist for the Tobias Reiser Ensemble in Salzburg. Since then, János Czifra has lived and worked in Salzburg. In addition to his duties as church music consultant (from 1983 to 2000), he directed church choirs, completed a degree in church music at the Mozarteum University and also collaborated with other ensembles, e.g. as organist and director for performances in honour of the ‘Year of the Lord’ at the large festival hall and the Passion Singing in the cathedral and the ‘Kollegienkirche’ (Collegiate Church). 

In 1987, János Czifra became the cathedral’s music director, while in 1989 he was named the cathedral choir master. In addition to liturgical services, he appeared with the cathedral choir and orchestra at special occasions such as two papal visits in Salzburg, episcopal ordinations and anniversaries, church music festivals and symposiums. Collaborating with guest ensembles in Salzburg Cathedral is very important to him. 

From 1989-2004, János Czifra also directed the ‘Salzburger Liedertafel’ (Salzburg Choral Society). The artistic goals of this job were the annual oratorical concerts. 

Together with the cathedral choir, János Czifra performed at concert tournaments overseas - New York and Montreal (1988), Tokyo (1992) - and in many European cities, for example, in London, Rome, Fribourg, St. Gallen, Venice, Paris, Reims, Monte Carlo, Bruges, Copenhagen, Speyer, Dresden, Prague, Budapest and Stockholm. In Austria, he took part in the International Summer of Music in Millstatt several times and in summer concerts in St. Wolfgang. Furthermore, he and the cathedral choir visited the cathedrals of Vienna, Graz, Linz, Innsbruck and Brixen. 

János Czifra continues to receive invitations as director, course instructor or juror both in Europe and around the world (Atlanta, Tokyo, Münster, Frankfurt, Fribourg, Budapest, Debrecen etc.) 

In 2002, cathedral choir master, János Czifra, was accepted into the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He was also granted the title of professor by the president of Austria.