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UCF Music professor Laszlo Marosi lauded

photoLaszlo Marosi, associate professor at UCF, has been honored with several prestigious music awards from international organizations over the past year.

Marosi is no stranger to the world. Born in Hungary, where he later studied at the Liszt Academy of Music, Marosi has worked and performed in South Africa, Israel, Japan, England, the United States and many other corners of our world. His recent accomplishments reach three continents.

In July, Marosi was presented with the Roger Bobo award by the International Tuba Euphonium Association (ITEA) for his CD recording of the music of Roland Szentpali, "i3". The Roger Bobo award is the most prestigious award given by the ITEA; Szentpali was given the award for his playing and Marosi was honored for his conducting on the album.

In September, Marosi was invited to Moscow for the first ever NAMM Musik Messe Russia, a music convention that brings vendors and musicians alike together for multiple days of seminars and performances. He was invited to conduct the National Wind Band of Russia, and following his performance was awarded a certificate of excellence by the Russian cultural minister.

"I had never been to Moscow before, so that was a very enjoyable trip," Marosi said. "I made many friends there."

Perhaps most notable, though, is the Peace Ambassador Award Marosi was given by UNESCO while he was in Villa Carlos Paz, Argentina in October. He was recognized for his work and travels, bringing people of the world together through music.

"Music is how I fight for peace," Marosi said. "There are some places on this planet where it isn't safe to be a human, where we use weapons against each other. If I had the power, I would replace all of those weapons with musical instruments, and build a giant concert hall."

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