Péter Eötvös – doyen of the competition

Eötvös Péter zeneszerző,karmesterAs a composer, conductor, music educator and one of the most authentic interpretator of the 20th and 21st century music, Péter Eötvös enjoyes the highest international reputation. Eötvös was born in 1944 in Székelyudvarhely (Odorheiu Secuiesc, Romania). After graduating from the Budapest Franz Liszt Music Academy and the Music Academy Köln (Cologne, Germany) where he studied  composing and conducting, Eötvös started his career as a music director at the Comedy Theatre of Budapest. Later on he worked with Stockhausen and Boulez. Between 1968 and 1976 he was a member of the Stockhausen Ensemble in Cologne, while from 1972 to 1979 he worked in the electric studio of WDR Köln.
At the request of Pierre Boulez, he conducted the Ensemble InterContemporain in 1978, on the occasion of opening IRCAm in Paris. Until 1991 he was the art director of the ensemble. Between 1985 an 1988 he conducted the BBC Symphony Orchestra, following that he became lead guest conductor at various outstanding European ensembles. From 1994 to 2004 the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic worked under his baton.
He conducts several leading European orchestras, including Berlin-, London- and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, Orchestra Royal Concertgebouw and also the most relevant radio orchestras. He is frequently invited to perform at prestigeous European festivals such as Budapest Spring Festival.
As a professor, Eötvös worked at Karlsruhe Music Academy between 1992 ans 1998. After teaching at Cologne between 2002 and 2007, he returned to the Karlsruhe Academy. In 1991 he launched the International Eötvös Institute Foundation in Hungary that was followed by the Peter Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation, providing scholarships and master courses to young composers and conductors.
As a well-known and acknowledged composer, Eötvös is frequently requested to create new works by major orchestras and opera houses (such as New York Philharmonic, Concertgebouw, Elbfilharmonia, Paris Philharmonic Orchestra, Midori, Salzburg Festival, Sydney Symphony Orchestra etc.), along with oustanding soloists. His operas often appear on the repertoire of Hamburg, Vienna, Budapest and New York operas where he frwquently features as conductor as well.
Péter Eötvös is a member of the Berlin University of the Arts, Budapest Széchenyi Academy of Letters and Arts, University of Fine Arts Dresden, Royal Swedish Academy,  Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts and the National Academy of St Cecilia, Italy.

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