Gergely Madaras

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

“…His is a name to watch.”
Financial Times

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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.

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, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, 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, and has also conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra in their ‘Music of Today’ series. Further afield, Gergely has worked with the Houston, Melbourne and Queensland Symphony Orchestras as well as with the Auckland Philharmonia.

Highlights of the 2018/19 season include Gergely’s debut with the Filarmonica della Scala opening the 2018 Milano Musica Festival at La Scala, as well as his debut at the Paris Philharmonie with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra in a staged production of Stockhausen’s Inori. This season also marks appearances with the Hallé, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Orchestre National de Montpellier and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Further ahead Gergely makes his debut with the Netherlands Philharmonic and Norwegian Radio Orchestras.

Equally establishing a distinguished operatic repertoire, he has appeared at the English National Opera, Dutch National Opera and Hungarian State Opera, and returns to the Grand Théâtre de Genève this season for Viva la Mamma.

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

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    19:30 28 Aug 2019 Abbatiale de la Chaise Dieu, LA CHAISE DIEU

    EDVARD GRIEG Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Opus 46 (Morning, Death of Ase, Anitra’s Dance, In the Hall of the Mountain King)
    EDVARD GRIEG Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16
    ANTONIN DVORAK Symphony No. 8 in G major Op. 88

    Ensemble: Orchestre National de Lyon
    Piano: Roger Muraro

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    18:00 01 Sep 2019 Gstaad Festival Tent, GSTAAD

    RICHARD WAGNER Tannhäuser Overture
    RICHARD WAGNER “Amfortas, die Wunde” from Parsifal
    RICHARD WAGNER “Winterstürme wichen den Wonnemond” from Die Walküre
    TRISTAN MURAIL Reflections IV
    RICHARD WAGNER “Höchstes vertraun” from Lohengrin
    RICHARD WAGNER “Preislied” from Die Meistersingervon Nürnberg
    GEORGE GERSHWIN An American in Paris

    Ensemble: Orchestre National de Lyon
    Tenor: Klaus Florian Vogt

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    14:30 08 Sep 2019 Salle Philharmonique de Liège, LIEGE

    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN : Symphony No. 3 in E flat major Op. 55 ‘Eroica’ III: Scherzo, Allegro vivace – Trio
    IGOR STRAVINSKY The Firebird: Berceuse
    IGOR STRAVINSKY The Firebird: Final Hymn

    Ensemble: Orchestre Philharmonique de Liege

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    16:00 08 Sep 2019 Salle Philharmonique de Liège, LIEGE

    GUSTAV HOLST Mars, from The Planets
    AARON COPLAND Rodeo: Four dance episodes
    PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6 in B minor Op. 74 ‘Pathétique’ III: Allegro molto vivace

    Ensemble: Orchestre Philharmonique de Liege

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    16:30 15 Sep 2019 Ateneul Roman, BUCHAREST

    GEORGE ENESCU Suite No. 2 in C major Op. 20
    BELA BARTOK Violin Concerto No. 2, Sz. 112, BB 117
    SERGEI PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5 in B flat Op. 100

    Ensemble: Orchestre Philharmonique de Liege
    Violin: Renaud Capuçon

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    10 May 19 Handel 'Israel in Egypt' Academy of Ancient Music & BBC Singers
    Milton Court

    ”Madaras successfully drew alert contrasts between Handelian ceremony, narrative impetus, and a rarefied integration of textures for more serious or reflective numbers.

    Grandeur and breadth were by no means missing from this account […] but it was the unusually alive aspect of Madaras’s re-telling that stood out.”
    Curtis Rogers, Classical Source, 10 May 2019

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    11 Oct 18 Dohnanyi, Kodaly, Borodin BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
    Glasgow City Halls

    “…Madaras drew every ounce of gypsy passion and rustic nuance from Kodaly’s Dances of Galánta, a work defined by its infectious rhythmic kicks, characterising wind solos and a blistering sense of Magyar zeal…”

    Ken Walton, The Scotsman, 13 October 2018

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    14 Sep 18 Stockhausen 'Inori' Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra
    Paris Philharmonie

    [TRANSLATION]”…The enthusiastic public long applauded the performance of the dancers, the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra and Gergely Madaras, imperturbable/unflappable in his clockwork-precise gestures…”

    Patrick Jézéquel, ResMusica, 17 September 2018

    [TRANSLATION]”…With a straight and precise gesture the conductor opens the piece, as it would already have begun a long time ago, with an eternal and unique resonance…”

    Manuel Gaulhiac, Bachtrack, 17 September 2018

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    24 May 18 'Music of Today', Christian Mason World Première Philharmonia Orchestra
    Royal Festival Hall

    “…Earlier in the evening, and just as rewarding, the Philharmonia’s invaluable Music of Today series continued, the spotlight this time on Christian Mason, a Londoner born in 1984. Diverse instrumentation and placement of them (shades of Berio) informed the two works programmed […] Gergely Madaras conducted both works with unflappable dedication, played with equal distinction.”

    Colin Anderson, Classical Source, 24 May 2018

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    28 Apr 18 Programme including Ross Harris 'FACE' European Première BBC Symphony Orchestra

    “…Gergely Madaras, [who had] already demonstrated his considerable talent elsewhere in the programme. He brought real transparency to Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, real delicacy to Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, chiselling out each motif with a jeweller’s precision. And in John Adams’s The Wound-Dresser […] Madaras found a poise to match this restrained, eerie work about a nurse’s experience in the American civil war. His is a name to watch.”

    Hannah Nepil, Financial Times, 30 April 2018

    “…the meditative aspects made the deepest impression in this performance under Gergely Madaras, a young Hungarian conductor very much at home in new music […] Le Tombeau de Couperin finds Ravel paying homage not only to an earlier composer but to friends killed in the war, and Madaras stamped his mark on it with fluency and warmth, drawing a halo of sound from the BBCSO. Madaras’s quietly authoritative presence was also telling in the Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis…”

    Ivan Hewitt, The Telegraph, 28 April 2018

    “…All spring and snap, Madaras’s reading highlighted the casual elegance of the orchestra’s woodwind section [Le tombeau de Couperin]…”

    Anna Picard, The Times, 1 May 2018

    “…Gergely Madaras had very clear, elegantly expressed ideas of phrase and rubato, and the BBCSO offered a sequence of lovely woodwind solos and, from the strings, finely judged weight and tone. The music is much more than a retreat down memory lane, and it was fascinating to hear how Madaras balanced its artificiality against its surprising robustness, while making room for moments of enchantment…”

    Peter Reed, Classical Source, 28 April 2018


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    08 Jun 17 Mendelssohn RAI Orchestra Turin
    Auditorium RAI Turin

    ”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

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    17 Mar 16 Ibert, Hindemith, Orff BBC Symphony Orchestra Debut
    Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

    “…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 

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    06 Jan 14 '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]
    Isabelle Truchon, Le Bien Public 

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    13 Nov 13 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 

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    01 Feb 13 Mariss Jansons/Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Masterclass
    Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

    “…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]

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    01 Feb 13 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