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    Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op.35.

    “The Calendar Prince”

    Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra


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  • Biography

    33 years old Hungarian conductor Gergely Madaras is Music Director of the Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne since 2013 and Principal Conductor of the Savaria Symphony Orchestra since 2014. At both his organisations, he has multiplied audiences during his tenure, and reformed the missions of the orchestras, reconnecting them with their home cities. Madaras regularly appears as a guest conductor on stage and in the recording studio with leading orchestras such as the BBC Symphony, Hallé, BBC Philharmonic, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Münchener Kammerorchester and Academy of Ancient Music. Equally establishing a distinguished operatic repertoire, he has appeared at the English National Opera, De Nationale Opera Amsterdam, Hungarian State Opera and Grand Théâtre de Genève. While grounded in the traditional classic and romantic repertoire, Madaras is an advocate of Bartók, Kodály and Dohnányi and also maintains a close relationship with new music, having conducted more than 100 works written after 1970, and having closely collaborated with composers Pierre Boulez, George Benjamin and Péter Eötvös.

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  • Seasonal highlights

    In the season 2017/18 Gergely returns to the BBC Philharmonic, Hallé, Hungarian Radio Symphony, Hungarian National Philharmonic and Ulster Orchestras, as well as to the BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Singers, for their subscription concert at the Barbican. Besides his return engagements, he will be making highly anticipated debuts with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, as part of their ‘Music of Today’ series, as well as with the Oslo Philharmonic, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Mainz, Meininger Hofkapelle, Orchestre National de Montpellier, Malta Philharmonic and Bilkent Symphony Orchestra in Ankara. In the opera pit, Madaras will also return to Geneva for Offenbach’s rarely performed opera Fantasio, leading the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande at the Grand Théâtre de Genéve.

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  • march 01, 2018 Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra

    Closing Concert of the János Arany Commemorative Year


    Selection of songs by Kodály and Ligeti, composed on poems by János Arany

    Winning submissions of the János Arany composer’s competition


    Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra (concertmaster: Péter Tfirst)

    Conductor – Gergely Madaras

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  • march 07, 2018 Savaria Symphony Orchestra
    Szombathely, Bartók Hall - 18:00

    “Loud vision, colourful hearing”

    Gergely’s interactive laboratory with the Savaria Symphony Orchestra



    A selection from Haydn’s most inventive symphonies on period instruments


    (Available from age 6 and upwards)


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  • march 08, 2018 Savaria Symphony Orchestra
    Szombathely, Bartók Hall - 19:00

    A selection from Haydn’s most inventive symphonies on period instruments


    Savaria Symphony Orchestra

    Gergely Madaras – conductor

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  • march 09, 2018 Savaria Symphony Orchestra
    Szombathely, Bartók Hall - 19:00

    A selection from Haydn’s most inventive symphonies on period instruments


    Savaria Symphony Orchestra

    Gergely Madaras – conductor

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  • Latest news

    • 31/12/2017

      Step-in on 14-hours notice with the Hungarian National Philharmonic

      Gergely has stepped in on a half-day notice to conduct Tchaikovsky's complete Nutcracker (with original metronome markings by the composer) with the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, replacing their indisposed music director, Zsolt Hamar.

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    • 01/12/2017

      Live concert broadcast with the Savaria Symphony Orchestra

      Commemorating Zoltán Kodály's 50th death anniversary, the Savaria Symphony Orchestra dedicates tonight's concert to the oeuvre of Hungary's great composer, educator and musical genius. For the first time in our history, the performance will be broadcast live on Youtube on the 1st of December, 2017 at 7 pm CET!

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  • Latest blog

    • 21/09/2017

      More than money

      In 2012, I was the first recipient of Enlgish National Opera's Mackerras Conducting Fellowship, made possible by the Philip Loubser Foundation. I explain how the opportunities for mentoring and interaction with artists across a variety of genres are as valuable as the conducting experience.

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"...it sounded consistently lively and colorful under the dynamic baton of Hungarian-born Gergely Madaras; (...) his easy command of both stage and orchestral forces revealed a major talent..."
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  • Latest audio

    Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2

    Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 2 – III. Adagio

    Savaria Symphony Orchestra/Gergely Madaras

    Live Recording, 2016

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  • Featured review

    “The ensemble, led by Gergely Madaras, is extremely skilled in its ability to dose. It can wonderfully modulate between sensuality and coolness, warmth and clarity, mind and spirit.” 

    (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

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