He began to improvise at the age of 10 and started composition with little pieces since 1966.
His early music is tonal music short and very easy to listen.
About 50 compositions indexed "Lt" or "Bt"in honour to Liszt and Bartok who's music
impressed him when he was a child.
He trained piano and violin at Académie Grétry of Liège and Académie Amélie Dengis of Seraing
before continuing at Conservatoire Royal of Liège.
There, he trained piano with Marcelle Mercenier and violin with Mr Maris.
He stopped a time music to study in Highschool and University (Liège, Louvain-la-Neuve)
to reassure his family and obtained different diplomas and degrees.
At the same time, he also trained painting at Beaux-Arts Academy of Liège (B).
He began working as logotherapist, psychotherapist.
In 1974 he began exposition of his paintings and soon won two Prizes of painting (1977, 1978)
but decided to enlarge his knowledge and technique of painting and trained iconography with different Master and at Atelier St Seraphim de Sarov.
In 1978 he developped a musicotherapy project with autist children at
Centre d'Aide Educative of Liège.
He decided to met his old skilled Master of composition, Ms Berthe Divito-Delvaux
and developped his knowledge in the art of composition.
He began to create an own style of music in his hungarian origin.
He didn't left the tonal structure of music, but search after new moods of
sounds, new patterns and modulations since 1990.
He believes that tonal structures of sounds are natural for ears and
remain the royal way to make universal music for people.
That's why simple and easy patterns stay easier in mind.
This fact doesn't stop the composer in research to discover other
soundways or patterns and new soundmoods.
Harmonization includes the knowledge of the rules but must be supple,
accepting emotions, instinctive creativity.
For instance, Bartok often used repetitive quints or octaves in his music, and in
hungarian folksongs, it is particular.
The alchemy in harmonization is always to make fusion between rules without killing spontaneity
and sometimes to accept the priority of the emotions.
Spontaneity often begins with improvisation, or a dream, or a pattern which crossed over your mind.
Then, you must quickly write the pattern on paper to put it in a cupboard for a time,
before a musical work of developpment.
Since 1990, he composed suites, fantasies, dances, impromptus,... for piano or
compositions for strings 'duos, trios, quatuors,...) and prepared himself to
international composition contests.
In 2001,2002 and 2003, he won medals and Prizes at Song Expo, Benelux International
Songs and Music Festival in Classical Composition (Nl).
Midem 2001 (F), his Fantasy opus 18 for piano was selected with production of
collective cd by Sabam (B)
He composed the imposed score Fantasy opus 67 for violin and piano
A category (Academies) for the International Violin Contest H. Koch 2004 (B).
The B category (Conservatory) was composed by the Baroness Ms Jacqueline Fonteyn.
In 2000, he created the string Ensemble
This string Ensemble is specialized in Sacred music, traditional hungarian music
but also plays Sebök music.
Musica aeterna was for example, invited to play at the 50th Commemoration of the
Hungarian Revolution of 1956 (St Sevais and St Barthélemy Church, Liège, Belgium).
This String Ensemble often plays for the hungarian community in Belgium.
Interesting pieces created for musicians or VIP :
His Sonate opus 47 for piano in honour of H.E.György Habsburg.
Opus 59 for cello and piano in honour of H.E.Otto Habsburg.
Fantasy "triptique" opus 82 in honour of Mr President Madl Ferenc
of the Republic of Hungary.
Opus 33 for strings to his violonist friend J.P.E.Lochet (Conservatory of Liège, B)
La Porte de l'Orient, opus 75, for the famous young string Ensemble "La Vraie Note"(B)
and his conductor Emil Lavrenov.
"La Vraie Note" was also conducted by Gabriel Raelet (H.Vieuxtemps Prize).
This string Ensemble won different Prizes, and also a Chamber Prize offered
by Cercle du Pays de Liège at the
international violin contest H. Koch 2004.
Hungarian fantasy opus 43 to the napolitan violonist Maurizio Bosone.
Opus 81 in memory of the violonist and friend Emmanuel Koch.
Fantasy opus 85 for violin and piano in honour to B. Divito-Delvaux.
Ferenc Sebök wrote also for his teachers
(Marcelle Mercenier and Raphaëlle Dechêne)
Different publishers are interested by his music :
Van de Velde (France), Bayard-Nizet and Maurer (Belgium),
Many of his duos, trios, or quartets are published.
Ferenc SEBÖK wrote for beginners and advanced violonists in four level :
He also composed partituri and songs for freemasons.
He writes poems about freemasonry and uses some of these writings in music.
During composition, he researches musicality, creativity and progressive technic
for young violonists (easy to hard level) in a special hungarian, transylvanian or
Ferenc Sebök also composed some purple passages for violin or piano
in hungarian patterns.
He preferes music which is accessible to people and which offers a good balance
between the different instruments in chamber music, using tonal patterns with
modulations, and romantic mood of nostalgy.
He is member of Sabam and of the Union of Belgian Composers.
Listing of works : see the repertoire
Other references :
You can read of him in :
"Dictionnaire des Compositeurs de Belgique du Moyen-âge à nos jours"
(Dictionnary of belgian composers from the middle age to our days)
Th. Levaux, Ed. Art in Belgium,
Conseil de la Communauté française de Belgique, 2006.
He is also mentionned in different specialized books as painter or composer.
You can discover him on different websites :
www.musiciens.fr www.hungarian-composers.com www.wbm.be www.van-de-velde.fr
www.sebokferenc.musite.fr www.sabam.be www.esarmonia.it