Short composer biography

Peter Eötvös is a highly influential figure of the Hungarian and international contemporary music scene. He started composing music as early as the age of 5. He grew up in Budapest and learned composition in the School of Exceptional Young Talents at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, after he continued his studies in Cologne, Germany, where he studied composition under the tutelage of B. A. Zimmermann and had the opportunity to work with Karlheinz Stockhausen. His international career has taken him to many countries of the world, from Japan to Germany, France, the Netherlands and to New York. As the musical director of the Ensemble Intercontemporain for over a decade, he had the chance to personally collaborate with the most significant living composers of the time. His twelve operas, instrumental solo concertos, larger- and smaller scale symphonic compositions and chamber music pieces are regularly staged in the world’s greatest concert halls, festivals and opera houses.

In recent years, he has been commissioned to write orchestral pieces for the Concertgebouw, the Elbphilharmonie, the New York Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the Seoul and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras and many others. His social and political sensitivity has inspired him to pen several of his pieces, for instance, Alle vittime senza nome, Oratorium balbulum, The Golden Dragon or Angels in America.

His operas were commissioned by the most prestigious houses, such as the Opera de Lyon, Chatelet Paris, Bavarian State Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Opera Frankfurt, New York Philharmony Orchestra.  Not only the topics of his operas reflect on today’s world, but he also often uses contemporary source texts as librettos. Currently, he is working on two operas commissioned by the Berlin State Opera and the Hungarian State Opera House.


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Compositions in Concert

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Peter Eötvös:
Senza Sangue
Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra
BMC CD  278
Viktória Vizin, Jordan Shanahan
Conducted by Peter Eötvös

14 Oct, 2021
Edinburgh, UK
Eötvös: Aurora

Cond: Thomas Zehetmair
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Eötvös: Aurora - Double bass concerto
(Nikita Naumov)

14 Oct, 2021
Budapest, Hungary
Eötvös: Aurora

Peter Eötvös Foundation Mentorprogram & Concert

Course period: 6-16 October, 2021
Professors: Georges Aperghis, Peter Eötvös, Gregory Vajda
Óbuda Danubia Orchestra
Conducted by the participants of the course

Peter Eötvös: Aurora
Matthew McDonald
Georges Aperghis: Migrants

Budapest Music Center

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15 Oct, 2021
Glasgow, UK
Eötvös: Aurora

Cond: Thomas Zehetmair
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Eötvös: Aurora - Double bass concerto
Nikita Naumov

5 Nov, 2021
Budapest, Hungary
Eötvös: Cziffra Psodia

first performance
János Balázs, piano
Conductor: Mikko Franck
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France