Gergely Madaras

Music Director Designate, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège
Music Director, Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne
Chief Conductor, Savaria Symphony Orchestra, Hungary

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Gergely Madaras is the newly appointed Music Director Designate of the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, beginning his inaugural three season tenure in September 2019. Gergely is also Music Director of the Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne, and Chief Conductor of the Savaria Symphony Orchestra in his native Hungary. At both Dijon and Savaria he has multiplied audiences during his tenure and reformed the missions of the orchestras reconnecting them with their home cities.

Gergely 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 and Oslo Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Münchener Kammerorchester and Academy of Ancient Music. Further afield, Gergely has worked with the Houston, Melbourne and Queensland Symphony Orchestras as well as with the Auckland Philharmonia.

Equally establishing a distinguished operatic repertoire, he has appeared at the English National Opera, Dutch National Opera, Hungarian State Opera and Grand Théâtre de Genève.

While grounded in the traditional classic and romantic repertoire, Gergely 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 closely collaborating with composers Pierre Boulez, George Benjamin and Peter Eötvös.

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Performance Schedule

  • 08 Jun 17 Mendelssohn RAI Orchestra Turin
    Auditorium RAI Turin
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    ”And so, Madaras kept Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 ‘Scottish’ in the programme, another warhorse of Tate’s, in a beautiful performance, nimble in the lively parts and vibrant with great sensitivity in the expressive passages.” [TRANSLATION]
    Giorgio Pestelli, La Stampa, 13 June 2017

  • 17 Mar 16 Ibert, Hindemith, Orff BBC Symphony Orchestra Debut
    Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
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    “…Conductor Gergely Madaras handled the vast choral and orchestral forces with great panache, digging out fine detail from Orff’s score and adding some of his own (such as the raucously entertaining crowd noises in ‘In Taberna’). He also brought energy and insight to the first half programme: Ibert’s sensuously dynamic Bacchanale and Hindemith’s Technicolor orchestral showpiece Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Weber. The BBC Symphony Orchestra, percussion well to the fore, was on sparkling robust form throughout.”
    Rachel Gorman, Nottingham Post, 13 March 2016 

  • 06 Jan 14 'Un Noël hongrois'
    Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne
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    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]
    Isabelle Truchon, Le Bien Public 

  • 13 Nov 13 MOZART The Magic Flute
    English National Opera, The Coliseum
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    “…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 

  • 01 Feb 13 Mariss Jansons/Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Masterclass
    Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
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    “…Madaras beats professionally, communicating visually and very directly with the orchestra…”  [translation from Dutch]

    “…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]

  • 01 Feb 13 BRITTEN Albert Herring
    RNCM Opera, Manchester
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    “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