Dr. Katalin Kiss received her diploma in choral conducting and music education at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. In December, 2002 she was conferred upon the Doctor of Liberal Arts (DLA) in performing arts at the Liszt Academy of Music. She spent several years at Kodály Center of America in the USA as a guest lecturer and conductor. In 1990 she founded the Ars Nova Vocal Ensemble. The choir won under her lead major titles in Europe. Beside many first prizes and special honours they won Grand Prix in Ankara, Turkey 1996, Tours, France 1997, Zwickau, Germany 1998, Maribor, Slovenia 1998, Budapest, Hungary 1999.
With Ars Nova and other choirs, she gave concerts throughout Europe and the United States and has given numerous first performances and radio recording and CDs. In 1993 she founded Ars Nova Editio and became one of the major publishers of contemporary Hungarian choral music. She founded the World Choir of Hungarians, that serves the reunion of Hungarians from all over the world in Music at special national festivals (1996, 2000). She is a regular performer and lecturer at music conventions, symposia and seminars in Hungary and in abroad. She received the prestigous “József Katona” Award from the town of Kecskemét (1996) and the ARTISJUS Award (in 1997 and 1999) “for the extraordinary high standard of the dissemination of contemporary music”.