Gergely Madaras

Introduction

Fast gaining an international reputation as one of the most exciting European conductors of his generation, in 2013 Gergely Madaras was appointed Music Director of the Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne. In September 2014 he also took up the post of Chief Conductor of the Savaria Symphony Orchestra in his native Hungary. Upcoming orchestral highlights include his debuts with the Munich Chamber Orchestra, BBC Symphony, Janáček Philharmonic, Academy of Ancient Music and his North American debut with the Houston Symphony, as well as returns to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra of the Teatro Regio in Turin.  The 2014/15 season also sees Gergely Madaras make his Australasian debut conducting the Melbourne Symphony, Queensland Symphony and Auckland Philharmonia orchestras.

Gergely Madaras is also establishing a fine reputation as an opera conductor: in 2012 he was appointed as the inaugural recipient of the Charles Mackerras Fellowship at the English National Opera. During this two year appointment he worked on productions of The Barber of Seville, Benvenuto Cellini, The Pilgrim’s Progress, Rigoletto and Wozzeck, and in Autumn 2013 was invited by ENO to conduct Simon McBurney's new production of Magic Flute in London. He will reprise this production for his debut at De Nedelandse Opera Amsterdam in Spring 2015. Other opera engagements have included Peer Gynt in Dijon and Bluebeard's Castle in concert at the 30th International Bartok Festival in Hungary. Future appearances in Hungary include semi-staged performances of La traviata and Lucia di Lammermoor in Szombathely and productions of Magic Flute and Verdi's Otello at the Hungarian State Opera in Budapest. In 2015/16 he will make his debut at the Grand Théâtre de Genève with another new production of Magic Flute.

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Repertoire

MAY 2014

Standard symphonic repertoire (written before 1970)

C P E BACH        
Flute Concerto in D minor
J S BACH    
Brandenburg Concerti Nos 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
BARTÓK        
Concerto for Orchestra
Romanian folk dances
BEETHOVEN    
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
BERG           
Drei Orchesterstücke, Op 6
Piano Sonata (Transcription for Viola and Orchestra: L Hoffman )
BERLIOZ       
Le Grande Ouverture du Roi Lear
Marche Hongroise
BERNSTEIN   
Candide – Overture
Symphonic Dances from the West Side Story
BIZET   
Carmen Suites Nos 1-2   
BLOCH   
Tfile for Cello and Strings (J Bosso)
BRITTEN       
Double Concerto for Violin and Viola
Frank Bridge Variations
Suite on English folk tunes Op 90
Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
BORODIN        
Polovtsian Dances (from the opera Prince Igor)
BRAHMS    
Symphonies Nos 1, 2 and 4       
Hungarian Dances, Nos 1, 2, 5 and 7
Piano Concerti Nos 1 and 2
Serenade No 1
Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op 56a
BRUCH           
Concerto for Violin
Kol Nidrei Op 47
BRUCKNER   
Symphonies Nos 6 and 7
COPLAND   
Appalachian Spring
CORELLI    
Concerto Grosso Op 6/8
DEBUSSY   
Danse Sacrée et Danse Profane
La Mer
Nocturnes (Nuages, Fétes)
Prelude á l’aprés-midi d’un faune
Sonata for Violoncello (J Bosso)
DVORÁK    
Cello Concerto
Symphony No 9, E-minor “From the New World”
Slavonic Dances Op 46 and 72 (selection)
ELGAR           
Serenade for Strings Op 20
Introduction and Allegro for Strings Op 47
ERKEL    
Hunyadi Overture
GRIEG    
Holberg suite, Peer Gynt Suite No 1
HAYDN    
Symphonies Nos 60, 86, 101, 102, 103 and 104
Horn Concerto in D major
Cello Concerto in C major, Hob VIIb:1
HÄNDEL        
Concerto for Harp, Water music (selection)
IBERT   
Concerto for Flute
IPPOLITOV-IVANOV    
Caucasian Sketches
IVES    
Three places in New England
Symphony No 3 “The Camp Meeting”
KODÁLY       
Peacock Variations (Variations on a Hungarian folksong)
Dances of Marosszek
Dances of Galanta   
LEHÁR    
Gold and Silver Waltz
LISZT   
Les Préludes
MAHLER   
Symphony No 4
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
MARCELLO   
Oboe Concerto in C minor
MENDELSSOHN   
Overtures “The Hebrides”, “Ruy Blas” and “The Fair Melusina”
Violin Concerto in E minor
Symphony No. 4
MERCADANTE   
Flute Concerto in E minor
MILHAUD   
Le Boeuf sur le toit
MOZART   
Adagio and Fugue
Ave verum corpus
Concerto for Flute and Harp
Divertimenti (complete)
Eine kleine Nachtmusik
Flute Concerto in G
Flute Concerto in D
Overture to The Magic Flute
Piano Concerti in A major (K 488), D minor (K 466)  and G major (K 453)
Serenade in B flat major (Gran Partita)
Symphonies No 35 "Haffner",  No 36 "Linz", No 38 "Prague", No 40 "The Great”
Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola
Violin Concerto in D, KV 271a
NIELSEN       
Symphony No 2
POULENC       
Organ Concerto
PROKOFIEV       
Piano Concerto No 2
Symphony No 1 (Classical) and No 5
RACHMANINOV    
Piano Concerto No 3
Symphonic Dances
RAVEL          
Bolero
Le Tombeau de Couperin
ROSSINI       
Overtures "La Gazza Ladra", "William Tell" and "The Barber of Seville"
SAINT-SAENS       
Piano Concerto No 2
SCHÖNBERG   
Five pieces for orchestra Op 16
Variations for Orchestra Op 31
SCHUBERT   
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       
Concerto for Violoncello
Symphonies Nos 1 and 3
SHOSTAKOVICH   
Concerto for Violoncello No 1
Symphony No 5
SIBELIUS   
Concerto for Violin
Tapiola Op 112
Karelia Suite Op 11
Symphony No 1
SMETANA   
Má vlast – Vltava
J STRAUSS   
The Fledermaus Overture
An der schönen, blauen Donau
Annen polka
Rosen aus dem Süden
Tritsch Tratsch Polka
Kaiser Waltz
Unter Donner und Blitz
Radetzky Marsch
R STRAUSS       
Death and Transfiguration
Don Juan
STRAVINSKY   
Dumbarton Oaks
Histoire du Soldat
In memoriam Dylan Thomas
Le Chant du Rossignol
Le Sacre du Printemps
Pulcinella-Suite
Symphony in Three Movements
The Firebird – complete ballet (1910)
The Firebird Suite (1919)
TCHAIKOVSKY   
Symphony No 5
Capriccio Italien
Romeo and Juliet (Fantasy Overture)
Serenade for Strings
Variations on a Rococo Theme Op 33
The Nutcracker (complete ballet)
TELEMANN       
Suite in A minor for flute and orchestra
Viola Concerto in G major TWV 51:G9
VAUGHAN-WILLIAMS   
Serenade to Music
VILLA-LOBOS   
Fantasia (Saxophone Concerto)
VIVALDI   
Le Quattro Stagioni
Concerti Grossi (selected)
Gloria
WAGNER   
Overture to Meistersinger
Prelude and Liebestod from “Tristan and Isolde”
WEBER   
Clarinet Concerto in F minor
Concertino for Clarinet
Freischütz Overture
WEBERN   
Symphonie Op 21
Variations Op 30
WEBERN-BACH    
Ricercata (Fuga)
WEINER   
Divertimento

Opera and oratorio

BARBER Vanessa
BERG Wozzeck
BERLIOZ Benvenuto Cellini
BRAHMS Ein Deutsches Requiem
BRITTEN Albert Herring
GRIEG Peer Gynt       
MOZART Die Zauberflöte
MITTERER Play Zero
ROSSINI The Barber of Seville
VERDI Rigoletto
VAUGHAN-WILLIAMS The Pilgrim’s Progress

List of works written after 1970

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
BENJAMIN           
Dance Figures (Italian premiere)
Mind of Winter (Italian premiere)
BOSSO           
Moshee (Premiere)
BOULEZ   
Memoriale (…Explosante-Fixe...Originel)
Dérive 2
Pli selon pli (Don, Tombeau)
BROSIN           
Reciprocal Sightings (Premiere)
CHAPELA           
Ínguesu
CSER           
D’arab (Premiere)
DALBAVIE           
Concertante il Suono
DOOLEY           
Pomo Canyon Air for Orchestra
DUFEK           
Grosse Musik (Premiere)
EÖTVÖS           
DoReMi (Hungarian premiere)
GRIME           
Clarinet Concerto (Premiere)
GRYLLUS   
La chef d'œuvre inconnu (Hungarian premiere)
 “()” and ... are traveling on the train
HELLAWELL           
Sound carvings from the water’s edge
HORVÁTH   
Violin Concerto “Kötéltánc” (Premiere)
Elegy (Premiere)
JACKSON           
Reunion (Premiere)
JARRELL           
…Ombres… (Premiere)
JENKINS           
Sharikiz (Hungarian premiere)
KÁKONYI           
Mass
KOCSÁR           
Capricorn Concerto
LANGER           
Rain-Bows
MASON           
Isolarion (Premiere)
MATKÓ           
Once you told me not to… (Premiere)
MATUZ           
Scarmentado utazásainak története (Premiere)
MEDENCZI           
Concertino (Premiere)
MESKÓ           
Flauto Concerto
MESSIAEN   
Chronochromie
Turangalila Symphony
Un Sourire
MORGAN-WILLIAMS   
After every fourth or fifth question (Premiere) 
NÓGRÁDI   
Canzonetta (Premiere)
NYITRAI   
Fényjáték (Premiere)
ODEH-TAMIMI   
Ahinnu II
Anin
Philaki
PARKER   
Moiré
RUTH-RICHARDS    
Image (Premiere)
SISKA   
Concerto (Premiere)
SOLTI   
Nocturne (Premiere)
Animal Tales - chamber opera (Premiere recording)
STANLEY   
Palimpsest (Premiere)
STOCKHAUSEN   
Stop (Austrian premiere)
Kontra-Punkte
Punkte
Fünf Sternzeichen
Fünf weitere Sternzeichen
SUDZILOVSKY   
Harmonia Caelestis (Premiere)
SZERVÁNSZKY   
Concerto for Flute
SZTOJANOV   
Das Cherubinische Wandersmann (Premiere)
Dialógusok az agyamból (Premiere)
3 novella Michael Ende ötletei nyomán (Premiere)
TRAINER           
Breaking Silence - Percussion Concerto (Premiere)
VARGA   
...sweeter than roses... (Premiere)
WANG   
Siren Song
WARD   
Fumes (Premiere)
WARLOCK   
Capriol-Suite
WOLFSON   
Gedanken aus dem Tagebuch (Premiere)
ZARÁNDY   
Sextet, Sirató (Premiere), Sír a tó (Premiere), Recuerdo (Premiere)
ZIMMERMANN   
Photoptosis

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ENO Press Release

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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Press

'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

MOZART

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

BRITTEN

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