TEACHER: GYÖRGY G. RATH
György G. Ráth is among the few conductors who is familiar with the worlds of operas, oratories and symphonic music as well. His broad repertoire embraces classical music from Bach to Bartók, operas from Mozart through Verdi and Puccini to Janacek.
As music director of the Hungarian State Opera he created the first 3D performance of an opera in the world: Béla Bartok’s Bluebird’s castle and managed the Opera House over the past 15 years. He was the 10th chairman-conductor of the Budapest Philharmonic Society Orchestra when he conducted the first time after the composer Mahler his Symphonic poem in two parts, thought lost for a long time. He himself reconstructed the work from the existing manuscripts, for which work he was granted the Doctor Liberalium Artium title from the University of Pécs.
He is a regular guest conductor in Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Hamburg Staatsoper, the Lyric Theater in Chicago, the Teatro la Fenice in Venice, the opera houses in Rome and Nice, and of symphonic orchestras like the Seville Royal Philharmonics, the Symphonic Orchestra of the Italian Radio, the Seoul Philharmonics and the Zagrab Philharmonics. He worked in most countries of the world with artists like Marcello Alvarez, Renato Bruson, Ray Charles, José Cura, Daniella Dessi, Norma Fantini, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Maria Guleghina,
Sumi Jo, Zoltán Zoltán, Gidon Kremer, Éva Marton, Viktoria Mullova, Leo Nucci, Uto Ughi, Giacomo Prestia, Samuel Ramey, Vadim Repin, Sylvia Sass and Grigorij Sokolov.
György G. Ráth regularly teaches young musicians. He wrote a book on conducting, including his personal experience and things he had learned during his own studies from his Hungarian teachers, László Somogyi and Ervin Lukács, as well as from Franco Ferrara in Italy, Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa in the United States, Kurt Masur in Germany and Karl Österreicher in Austria.
György G. Ráth started his career in 1986 by winning the Toscanini competition in Parma.
Győr Philharmonic Orchestra
The Song and Music Association of Győr – predecessor of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Győr – was founded by Antal Richter, father of the world famous conductor, János Richter.
The Ensemble became the Orchestra of the Municipality of Győr in 1894 The year 1968 is a milestone in the career of the orchestra–that is when the semi-professional art institution was transformed into a professional concert orchestra. The orchestra plays a major role int he cultural and musical life in the city and region of Győr. The Philharmonic Orchestra of Győr have produced more than 15 CD’s in the past few years in addition to numerous concerts in Hungary and abroad. They performed in almost all countries of Europe, as well as Morocco, China, South-Korea and Taiwan.
The Orchestra has been conducted by famous Hungarian and international maestros over the past decades including Angelo Epfrikian, Lamberto Gardelli, Arvid Jansons, Kobayashi Ken-Ichiro, Zoltán Kocsis, Ludovit Rajter, Yuri Simonov, Gilbert Varga, Carlo Zecchi.
The list of soloists who have worked with the Orchestra includes Alexandru Agache, Kristóf Baráti, Gergely Bogányi, Gábor Boldoczki, Jörg Demus, Annie Fischer, Endre Gertler, Ida Haendel, Jenő Jandó, Zoltán Kocsis, Aga Mikolai, Jevgenyij Nyesztyerenko, György Pauk, Miklós Perényi, Dezső Ránki, István Ruha, Vilmos Szabadi, István Várdai, Bernadett Wiedemann.
In addition to keeping the standard classical pieces on its repertoire, the Orchestra has been active in performing works of contemporary Hungarian composer, including several world premieres.
The Orchestra went on tour to the Far East and Europe with the legendary Italan film music composer and conductor, the Oscar winner Ennio Morricone in spring of 2009.
The Director of the Győr Philharmonic Orchestra has been Mr. Géza Fűke since July 2008.
The Art Director of the Orchestra has been Mr. Kálmán Berkes, Liszt Award holder clarinet player and conductor.