Gergely Madaras is Music Director of Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège. Having taken up the position in September 2019, they are enjoying a fruitful relationship with numerous series in Liège and Bozar Brussels, regular broadcasts on Mezzo TV, Medici TV and RTBF, and a growing recording catalogue for Alpha Classics, Cyprés and Nomad Play labels. Gergely stepped down as Music Director of the Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne in 2019 and as Chief Conductor of the Savaria Symphony Orchestra in his native Hungary in 2020, having held both positions for 6 years.
Having forged strong professional relationships throughout Europe, Gergely regularly appears as a guest conductor with orchestras including the BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, Hallé, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de Lyon, Filarmonica della Scala, Maggio Muiscale Fiorentino, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Hungarian National Philharmonic and Hungarian Radio orchestras, the Copenhagen, Oslo, Bergen, Luxembourg philharmonic orchestras as well as the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Münchener Kammerorchester and Academy of Ancient Music. Further afield, he has appeared with the Melbourne, Queensland and Houston Symphony orchestras.
Future highlights include Gergely’s debut with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, Hamburger Symphoniker, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo. This season he returns to Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Symphony and Hungarian National Philharmonic orchestras, among others.
While grounded in the core classical and romantic repertoire, he maintains a close relationship with new music. He has collaborated with composers George Benjamin, Péter Eötvös, György Kurtág, Tristan Murail, Luca Francesconi, Philippe Booesmans and Pierre Boulez, for whom he served as assistant conductor at the Lucerne Festival Academy between 2011-2013.
Gergely has also established a fine reputation as an opera conductor. Between 2012-14 he was the inaugural Sir Charles Mackerras Fellow at the English National Opera, which culminated in his operatic debut at the London Coliseum with a new production of Magic Flute with stage director Simon McBurney. Since then, he has conducted highly praised productions of Le nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte, Otello, La Traviata, La Bohème and Lucia di Lammermoor at such houses as the Dutch National Opera, Grand Théâtre de Genève (with Orchestre de la Suisse Romande) and Hungarian State Opera, among others. Prompted by a keen interest in re-discovering rarely performed works, Gergely has also conducted productions of Goldmark’s Ein Wintermärchen, Grieg’s Peer Gynt, Barber’s Vanessa, Donizetti’s Viva la Mamma and Offenbach’s Fantasio. Upcoming invitations include La Monnaie de Munt in Brussels.
Gergely is a regular guest at major music festivals. He opened the 2018 Miliano Musica Festival at La Scala and has appeared at Lucerne, Gstaad, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Septembre Musical Montreux, MiTo Settembre Musica, Budapest Spring Festival, Bucharest Enescu Festival and Tokyo Stradivarius Festival.
Born in Budapest in 1984, Gergely first began studying folk music with the last generation of authentic Hungarian Gipsy and peasant musicians at the age of five. He then went on to study classical flute, violin and composition, graduating from the flute faculty of the Liszt Academy in Budapest, as well as the conducting faculty of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, where he studied with Mark Stringer.
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