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Péter Eötvös

Péter Eötvös

Péter Eötvös


Composer and conductor, and one of the leading interpreters of contemporary music, Péter Eötvös was born in Transylvania and has strong roots in the Hungarian musical culture of Bartók, Kodály, Ligeti and Kurtág. Graduating from the Budapest Academy of Music, he continued his musical studies in Germany at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne. He met and performed with Karlheinz Stockhausen and participated in the electronic music studio at the Westdeutscher Rundfunk in Cologne. Read more on Last.fm
Composer and conductor, and one of the leading interpreters of contemporary music, Péter Eötvös was born in Transylvania and has strong roots in the Hungarian musical culture of Bartók, Kodály, Ligeti and Kurtág. Graduating from the Budapest Academy of Music, he continued his musical studies in Germany at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne. He met and performed with Karlheinz Stockhausen and participated in the electronic music studio at the Westdeutscher Rundfunk in Cologne. In 1978, at the invitation of Pierre Boulez, he conducted the inaugural concert of IRCAM, and was subsequently named musical director of the Ensemble InterContemporain, a post he held until 1991. His early tape music, such as Cricketmusic (1970) and Elektrochronik (1974), is marked by his experience in Stockhausen's studio, while later pieces show the influence of Boulez, as well as jazz, such as Music for New York, and Psalm 15 in Memoriam Frank Zappa (1993).

Eötvös is known for his exotic sound-worlds and timbres, combining extended techniques with lyrical folk songs and synthesized sounds. In conducting Eötvös is meticulous like Boulez, and brings out many of the minutia of a score. But while Boulez is known for cooler expression and a focus on sonorities, Eötvös's interpretations are more dramatic, but without a loss of control. He has conducted for the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Gothenburg Symphony, the Royal Concertgebouw, Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, London Philharmonia, Wiener Philharmoniker, Cleveland Orchestra and NHK Orchestra Tokyo. From 1992-98 he was professor at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe, and from 1998-2001 at Cologne's Hochschule für Musik.

He returns to his post at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe between 2002-2007. In 1991 he founded the International Eötvös Institute, and in 2004 founded the Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation in Budapest for young conductors and composers. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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