Gergely Madaras


Fast gaining an international reputation as one of the most exciting young European conductors of his generation, Gergely Madaras was appointed as the inaugural recipient of the Charles Mackerras Fellowship of the English National Opera in 2012. His role combines working alongside Music Director Edward Gardner and assisting several productions a season. 2013/2014 marks his ENO debut, conducting a new Magic Flute production directed by Simon McBurney.

The 13/14 season will also see Gergely take up the exciting post of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne. His debut season will see him tackle a varied programme including Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem, a fully staged Peer Gynt as well as various symphonic performances. 

Future orchestral highlights feature his debuts with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Orchestra of the National Opera Brno as well as re-invitations to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, MAV and Savaria Symphony Orchestras. Upcoming operatic highlights include his debut at De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam as well as conducting the opening concert of the 30th International Bartok Festival featuring Herzog Bluebeard’s Castle.

Following his debut in 2010 in the Vienna Musikverein with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, he has worked with such orchestras as the Brussels Radio Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Teatro Regio Turin, Manchester Camerata, Sinfonia Viva, London Mozart Players, Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra and the St Petersburg State Hermitage Orchestra among many others. Born in 1984 in Budapest, Gergely Madaras began his musical education studying the flute, violin and composition. He holds masters degrees from the orchestral conducting faculty of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna as well as from the flute faculty of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. His teachers were Mark Stringer and Henrik Prőhle.

For more information please go to Gergely's full biography, downloadable from this website.

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MAY 2012

Standard symphonic repertoire (written before 1950)

C P E BACH Flute Concerto in D minor
Brandenburg Concerto No 3 and 4
Double Concerto for Violin and Oboe
Double Concerto in D minor
Suite No 2 in B minor
Piano Concerto in F minor 
Concerto for Orchestra
Romanian folk dances
Coriolan Overture
Leonore Overture No 2
Symphonies Nos 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7
Grosse Fuge (orchestral version)
Piano Concerto No 3 in C minor 
Drei Orchesterstücke, Op 6
Piano Sonata (Transcription for Viola and Orchestra: Hoffman L)
Le Grande Ouverture du Roi Lear
Marche Hongroise
Symphonie Fantastique
Candide – Overture
Symphonic Dances from the West Side Story
Tfile for Cello and Strings (J Bosso)
Polovtsian Dances (from the opera Prince Igor)
Symphonies Nos 1, 2 and 4
Hungarian Dances, Nos 1, 2, 5 and 7
Piano Concerto No 1
Serenade No 1
Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op 56a 
BRUCH Kol Nidrei Op 47
BRUCKNER Symphonies Nos 6 and 7
COPLAND Appalachian Spring
CORELLI Concerto Grosso Op 6/8
La Mer
Prelude á l’aprés-midi d’un faune
Nocturnes (Nuages, Fétes)
Sonata for Violoncello (J Bosso)
Cello Concerto
Symphony No 9, E-minor “From the New World”
Slavonic Dances Op 46 and 72 (selection)
Serenade for Strings Op 20
Introduction and Allegro for Strings Op 47 
ERKEL Hunyadi Overture 
GOULD Funeral march of a Marionette 
GRIEG Holberg suite, Peer Gynt Suite No 1
Symphonies Nos 86, 101, 102 and 104
Horn Concerto in D major
Cello Concerto in C major, Hob VIIb:1
HÄNDEL Concerto for Harp, Water music (selection)
IPPOLITOV-IVANOV Caucasian Sketches 
Three places in New England
Symphony No 3 “The Camp Meeting”
LEHÁR Gold and Silver Waltz 
LISZT Les Préludes
MAHLER Symphony No 4, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
MARCELLO Oboe Concerto in C minor
Overtures “The Hebrides” and “The Fair Melusina”
Violin Concerto in E minor
MERCADANTE Flute Concerto in E minor 
MILHAUD Le Boeuf sur le toit
Adagio and Fugue
Ave verum corpus 
Concerto for Flute and Harp
Eine kleine Nachtmusik 
Flute Concerto in G 
Flute Concerto in D 
Overture to The Magic Flute
Piano Concerti in A (K 488) and G (K 453)
Serenade in B flat major (Gran Partita)
Symphony No 35 "Haffner"
Symphony No 36 "Linz"
Symphony No 38 "Prague"
Symphony No 40 "The Great” (G-minor)
Symphony No 41 "Jupiter"
Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola
Violin Concerto in D, KV 271a
NIELSEN Symphony No 2
POULENC Organ Concerto 
Piano Concerto No 2
Symphony No 1 (Classical) and No 5
RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No 3, Symphonic Dances
RAVEL Bolero, Le Tombeau de Couperin
Overtures "La Gazza Ladra", "William Tell" and "The Barber of
SAINT-SAENS Piano Concerto No 2
Five pieces for orchestra Op 16
Variations for Orchestra Op 31
Symphonies Nos 3, 5, 7 (Unfinished) and 8 (The Great)
Rosamunde Entr’acte and Ballet Music
Rondo in A major, D 438
Arpeggione Sonata (Transcription for Cello and Orchestra)
SCHUMANN Cello Concerto, Symphonies Nos 1 and 3
SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Concerto No 1, Symphony No 5
Violin Concerto
Tapiola Op 112
Karelia Suite Op 11
Symphony No 1
SMETANA Má vlast – Vltava
The Fledermaus Overture
An der schönen, blauen Donau
Annen polka
Rosen aus dem Süden
Tritsch Tratsch Polka
Kaiser Waltz
Unter Donner und Blitz
Radetzky March
R STRAUSS Death and Transfiguration, Don Juan
Dumbarton Oaks
Histoire du Soldat
In memoriam Dylan Thomas
Le chant du Rossignol
Le Sacre du Printemps 
Petroushka (1947)
Symphony in Three Movements
The Firebird – complete ballet (1910)
The Firebird Suite (1919)
Symphonies Nos 5 and 6
Polonaise from Eugene Onegin 
Romeo and Juliet (Fantasy Overture)
Serenade for Strings
Variations on a Rococo Theme Op 33
Suite in A minor for flute and orchestra
Viola Concerto in G major TWV 51:G9
VILLA-LOBOS Fantasia (Saxophone Concerto)
VIVALDI Le Quattro Stagioni, Concerti Grossi, Gloria 
Overture to Meistersinger
Preulde and Liebestod from "Tristan and Isolde" 
WEBER Clarinet Concerto in F minor, Concertino for Clarinet 
WEBERN Symphonie Op 21, Variations Op 30
WEBERN-BACH Ricercata (Fuga) 
WEINER Divertimento

Opera and oratorio

BARBER Vanessa 
BRAHMS Ein Deutsches Requiem 
BRITTEN Albert Herring 

List of works written after 1950

ADAMS Short ride in a fast machine, Tromba Lontana
ANDRIESSEN Variations and fugue on a theme by Johann Kuhnau
ATTERBERG Double Concerto Op 57 (Swiss premiere)
BARBER Piano Concerto Op 38
BELLA Berzsián és Dideki (Premiere), Chuang Tzu's Dream
BOSSO Moshee (Premiere) 
Memoriale (…Explosante-Fixe...Originel)
Dérive 2
Pli selon pli (Don, Tombeau)
BRITTEN Suite on English folk tunes Op 90
BROSIN Reciprocal Sightings (Premiere)
CSER D’arab (Premiere)
DALBAVIE Concertante il Suono
DOOLEY Pomo Canyon Air for Orchestra
DUFEK Grosse Musik (Premiere)
GRIME Clarinet Concerto (Premiere)
La chef d'œuvre inconnu (Hungarian premiere)
... are travelling on the train 
HELLAWELL Sound carvings from the water’s edge
Violin Concerto “Kötéltánc” (Premiere)
Elegy (Premiere)
JACKSON Reunion (Premiere)
JARRELL …Ombres… (Premiere)
KOCSÁR Capricorn Concerto 
LANGER Rain-Bows
MATKÓ Once you told me not to… (Premiere)
MATUZ Scarmentado utazásainak története (Premiere)
MEDENCZI Concertino (Premiere)
MESKÓ Flauto Concerto
MESSIAEN Chronochromie, Un Sourire
MORGAN-WILLIAMS After every fourth or fifth question (Premiere)  
NÓGRÁDI Canzonetta (Premiere)
NYITRAI Fényjáték (Premiere)
ODEH-TAMIMI Ahinnu II, Anin, Philaki
RUTH-RICHARDS Image (Premiere)
SISKA Concerto (Premiere)
Nocturne (Premiere)
Animal Tales (chamber opera) (Premiere recording)
STANLEY Palimpsest (Premiere)
Stop (Austrian premiere)
Fünf Sternzeichen
Fünf weitere Sternzeichen
SUDZILOVSKY Harmonia Caelestis (Premiere)
Das Cherubinische Wandersmann (Premiere)
Dialógusok az agyamból (Premiere)
3 novella Michael Ende ötletei nyomán (Premiere)
VARGA ...sweeter than roses... (Premiere)
WANG Siren Song
WARD Fumes (Premiere)
WARLOCK Capriol-Suite
WOLFSON Gedanken aus dem Tagebuch (Premiere)
Sextet, Sirató (Premiere)
Sír a tó (Premiere)
Recuerdo (Premiere)
ZIMMERMANN Photoptosis

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April 2012

ENO Announces Recipient of the Inaugural ENO Charles Mackerras Fellowship – Gergely Madaras

ENO is pleased to announce young conductor Gergely Madaras as the inaugural recipient of the ENO Charles Mackerras Fellowship. This award to an exceptional emerging conducting talent is an initiative of ENO, in association with the Philip Loubser Foundation, and celebrates the great legacy of Sir Charles Mackerras.

Fast gaining an international reputation as one of the most exciting young European conductors of his generation, Gergely Madaras is currently completing his tenure as the Leverhulme Junior Fellow in conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music. He is resident conductor of the Grazioso Chamber Orchestra of the Hungarian National Philharmonic, and serves as assistant conductor to Pierre Boulez and the Lucerne Festival Academy, as well as to Sir Mark Elder and the Aldeburgh World Orchestra. Madaras has been a conducting fellow at Tanglewood, Aspen and Lucerne. He worked alongside and studied with conductors such as James Levine, Pierre Boulez, Herbert Blomstedt, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Mark Elder and David Zinman. His guest conducting engagements led him to work with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Wroclaw Philharmonic and Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne among others.

As the first ENO Charles Mackerras Fellow, Madaras has the unique opportunity to learn, work and develop through a structured two year programme, receiving mentoring from ENO’s Music Director Edward Gardner with the opportunity to assist him in his ENO work, prestigious guest conducting and recording engagements.

Madaras said, ‘I am delighted to have this opportunity to be part of the world-class team at ENO, under the guidance of Edward Gardner, a key figure in the international opera scene. To be granted this unique chance to assist a conductor leading his company is a great privilege and I look forward to benefiting from his guidance during my time at ENO.’

ENO worked with colleagues including other leading Music Directors and conservatoires to create a long list of potential candidates for the Fellowship. A selection panel then led an interview and audition process, involving singers and the ENO Orchestra. On the panel were Ed Gardner, ENO Music Director (chair) Martin Fitzpatrick, ENO Head of Music, Paul Hughes, General Manager BBC Symphony Orchestra, Valerie Masterson, singer and Gonzalo Acosta, ENO Associate Leader.

ENO Music Director Edward Gardner said, ‘When we met Gergely and saw him conduct the orchestra and the singers, it was clear to the whole panel and orchestra that we had found a real talent. His dynamic, assured style, and empathy for the musicians he works with is a pleasure to watch and I and everyone at ENO look forward to his development with us.’

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'Un Noël hongrois'

Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne

A Hungarian Christmas helped the Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne public become more acquainted with the person who is their principal conductor since spring 2013: Gergely Madaras [...] Gergely Madaras reveals the three essential qualities needed as precision, clarity and energy, as well as the gift of capturing the attention of the musicians. His beat is straight forward and his tempi perfectly mastered. As for his vision of the works, he remains very respectful, being perhaps a footprint with a welcome freshness [...] A nice Christmas present which will be followed, it is promised, many others! [TRANSLATION]

Click on the link below to read the full article in French.
Isabelle Truchon, Le Bien Public


The Magic Flute

English National Opera, The Coliseum

"...Spirited conducting from Gergely Madaras ensures that everything works musically as it should;"
Michael Church, The Independent
"...The first [magical moment] is apparent before a note is heard: the orchestra has been raised out of the pit, placing it closer to the drama. Two players actually take part in the action. With Gergely Madaras making a promising Coliseum debut, the results are both transparent and vibrant..."
Nick Kimberley, London Evening Standard
"...The next thing you notice is the young conductor, Gergely Madaras, striding to the podium and launching straight into the overture, even before the lights have gone down. The impact is immediate, carrying us into Mozart's magical world without delay or time to settle into the usual audience lethargy..."
William Hartston, Express
"...The conductor Gergely Madaras was terrific, I admit - energizing an orchestra in a raised pit..."
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph
"...Musically there is magic too, for the orchestra has been rescued from the aurally murky depths of the pit and raised to a level in full view of the audience. This completely transforms the sound, the clean, spirited playing under Gergely Madaras delivered crisply and directly..." Keith Clarke, Musical America


Albert Herring

RNCM Opera, Manchester

"In his debut conducting of Albert Herring, Hungarian conductor Gergely Madaras greatly impressed with his reading of Britten’s delightful chamber opera score. Madaras clearly knows the piece, and his control over his performers was admirable. He carefully supported each and every member of his team, whether the thirteen singers on stage or the twelve-piece instrumental ensemble in the orchestra pit. Madaras demonstrated admirable skills which enabled him to elicit the lyrical as well as dramatic sections of the score. The Threnody for nine solo singers (and orchestra) towards the end of the opera was deeply moving, while Madaras kept the momentum going even during the orchestral interludes…” Agnes Kory, Opera World

Mariss Jansons/Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Masterclass

Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

"...Madaras beats professionally, communicating visually and very directly with the orchestra..."  [translation from Dutch]  Volkskrant
"...Hungarian Gergely Madaras (1984) is the more experienced. In front of 900 visitors, he makes the second movement, Un Bal, float through the concert hall. With confidence, he instructs the orchestra: 'More crescendo, please'..." [translation from Dutch] Parool