Was born 23 March 1943 Budapest. He started his music studies at the age of five when his father gave him piano lessons. Later on, his teacher was Viktor Vaszy. In the Béla Bartók Secondary School for Music he was pupil of István Szelényi, and at the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy he learned composing from Ferenc Szabó and Imre Vincze. He graduated with honour in 1966.
Erich Wolfgang Korngold is often associated with the creation of the symphonic film score. Indeed, many of his admirers today became familiar with his music through his film scores of the 1930s and 1940s. But before arriving in Hollywood he was a well-known composer of concert and chamber music, operas and stage works, as well as an arranger and conductor. Though most often compared to Mozart himself, Korngold was, in his own right, one of the most gifted composing child-prodigies in the history of music.
"The most precious collaborator I have ever had, I say it straightaway and don''t even have to hesitate, was Nino Rota — between us, immediately, a complete, total, harmony ... He had a geometric imagination, a musical approach worthy of celestial spheres. He thus had no need to see images from my movies. When I asked him about the melodies he had in mind to comment one sequence or another, I clearly realized he was not concerned with images at all. His world was inner, inside himself, and reality had no way to enter it." (Federico Fellini).