Founded in 1962 and becoming an independent institution and a professional orchestra in 1974 under music director János Petró, the Savaria Symphony Orchestra is often counted as the most prestigious orchestra in Hungary outside of the capital Budapest, performing 70-80 concerts annually, and working regularly with international soloists and guest conductors. The renowned pianist and conductor Tamás Vásáry
was appointed Conductor Emeritus to the orchestra in 2009 and will keep his position parallel to Madaras for further seasons.
Gergely’s position commences from the 2014/15 season, his commitment comprising 5 engagements per season including one opera production. He made his debut as the SSO’s new Chief Conductor last week, conducting a Hungarian premiere by Peter Eötvös and Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle
at the opening concert of the 30th International Bartok Festival, and will work with the orchestra this August on a staged production of La traviata
at the Iseum Open Air Theatre. His subscription debut concert on October 17th features a programme including Strauss’ Four Last Songs
and Ein Heldenleben