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

13 Oct, 2022
Budapest, Hungary
Eötvös: Cello Concerto Grosso

István Várdai, violoncello
Conductor: Róbert Farkas
MÁV Symphony Orchestra
Academy of Music
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24 Oct, 2022
Budapest, Hungary
Eötvös: Alle vittime senza nome

Dance adaptation
Director: Noémi Kulcsár, Tellabor
Dramaturge: Dávid Cseh

22 Nov, 2022
Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Eötvös: Psalm 151

Orchestre Philharmonique Luxembourg
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1 Dec, 2022
Worms, Germany
Eötvös: DoReMi

Sebastian Bohren, violin
Conductor: Axel Kober
Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz
Das Wormsel Theater
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