Gergely Madaras – Australasian Debut

Hungarian conductor Gergely Madaras makes his debut down under this February, visiting three orchestras in two countries over the course of 3 weeks:

February 14th – Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Brisbane
HAMILTON The Trillion Soul *Première*
BEETHOVEN Symphony No 9
February 18th & 21st – Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Meyer Bowl
BRAHMS Hungarian Dances 1, 2 & 5    

LISZT Piano Concerto No 2 (Daniel de Borah)
BARTOK Concerto for Orchestra
SMETANA Overture to the Bartered Bride
TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto (Ji-Won Kim)
DVORAK Symphony No 8
February 26th, Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra, New Zealand
LIGETI Melodien
SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Concerto No 2 (Kathryn Stott)
SIBELIUS Symphony No 1
His first concert in Brisbane proved to be a great success, with James Harper writing in The Australian “…The QSO’s and conductor Gergely Madaras’s performance had rhythmic flow and dynamic contrast…”.
On to Melbourne, where the large audience at the first Meyer Bowl concert were really taken by his performance – Clive O’Connell of the Sydney Morning Herald wrote “…he conducted three Hungarian Dances by Brahms, which were packed with personality and an idiosyncratic approach to tempo […] Madaras produced an eloquent version of Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra. This was straight Hungarian: as good as it gets, to my mind. The MSO strings alternated crisp and warm in timbre; brass and woodwind deftly delivered the second movement’s chain of duets; the performance enjoyed vigour and propulsion…”
Gergely travels to his final destination of New Zealand this weekend to wrap up his Australasian adventure.

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