Biography

 

Sándor Kádár serves as principal organist at First Presbyterian Church of West Chester, Pennsylvania.

He gained considerable notice in 2015 when he was the organist for two papal masses for the visit of Pope Francis to the city of Philadelphia and when he passed the Fellowship Examination of the American Guild of Organists.

He is also recognized for his unique approach to teaching organ improvisation.

                     

Mr. Kádár was born to Hungarian parents in Serbia. He has been involved in church music since his early years and accepted his first organist position at the age of 15. He holds three Bachelor degrees in organ performance, sacred music and conducting as well a Master’s degree in sacred music from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz (Austria). Gunther Rost, Johannes Prinz, Joe Miller and James Jordan are professors who have had a strong influence on Mr. Kádár’s musical career. Prior to his current position he served as organist at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Newtown, PA.

In 2012 Mr. Kádár attended the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. During his time there, he was a member of the renowned Westminster Choir and Westminster Symphonic Choir. Furthermore he was the organist at First Presbyterian Church in New Brunswick, NJ. 

Between 2006 and 2011 Mr. Kádár was the music director and organist of the parish of Weiz (Austria). Furthermore he was the artistic director of the Singverein Weiz (Choir Association Weiz) and the vocal ensemble Accordare. For the season 2010/2011 he was hired as chorus master at the Opera Department of the University o f Music and Performing Arts in Graz. In 2011 he has been a member and accompanist of "Wiener Singverein" (Vienna Choir Association) which gave him the opportunity to work with prominent conductors such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Mariss Jansons and Franz Welser-Möst and orchestras such as Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw and the Cleveland Orchestra. As an organist Mr. Kádár has given organ concerts in several European countries and in the USA. He has attended organ master classes, with Olivier Latry, Ton Koopman, Michael Bouvard, Peter Planyavski and Ben van Oosten and has taught improvisation classes in the U.S., Hungary and Serbia. Furthermore he has made numerous radio and TV broadcasts as both an organist and conductor.