Péter Eötvös

Hungarian composer, orchestra conductor and teacher (born in 1944, Odorheiu Secuiesc)

Péter Eötvös got his composition diploma from the Budapest Music Academy and his conducting diploma from the Cologne Hochschule für Musik. He regularly performed as the leader of the ensemble Stockhausen between 1968 and 1976 and worked with the electronic music studio of the Cologne Radio from 1971 until 1979. He answered Pierre Boulez’s invitation and conducted the opening concert of the Ircam in 1978. He would then be appointed the music director for the Ensemble InterContemporain and kept that role until 1991.

Since his debut at the BBC Proms in 1980, he has regularly performed in London and was the main guest conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra between 1985 and 1988. He often works with the greatest European orchestras and the major opera houses, such as La Scala in Milan, Covent Garden, La Monnaie, or the Théâtre du Châtelet.

Between 1992 and 1998, he taught at the Karlsruhe Hochschule für Musik and in Cologne between 1998 and 2001 before coming back to Karlsruhe between 2002 and 2007. He created the International Eötvös Institute Foundation in 1991 and the Peter Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation in 2004 in Budapest dedicated to young conductors and composers. He hosts many seminars and master classes around the world.

He is a member of the Academy of Arts of Berlin, the Academy of Arts of Szechenyi in Budapest, the Academy of Arts in Dresden and the Royal Music Academy in Sweden. His compositions are often played in the great music venues and operas of the five continents.

Six pieces by Péter Eötvös
1961: Kosmos, for piano
1971: Music for New York, for saxophone and percussion with tape
1986: Chinese Opera, for ensemble
1992: Korrespondenz, for strings quartet
1998: Replica, for alto and orchestra
2009: Die Tragödie des Teufels

Six landmark dates in the life of Péter Eötvös
1988: was appointed Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
2001: he conducted alongside Kent Nagano the Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France in the opera Les Trois sœurs at the Théâtre du Châtelet
2002: got the SACD music prize
2004: got the prize Pro Europa for his compositions
2006: got the Hungarian Arts prize
2011: got a distinction for the German critic for his recording of the Requiem by Ligeti

Six key works by Péter Eötvös 

1961: Kosmos, for piano                        

1971: Music for New York, for saxophone and percussion with tape                     

1986: Chinese Opera, for ensemble   

1992: Korrespondenz, for strings quartet  

1998: Replica, for alto and orchestra  

2009: Die Tragödie des Teufels

Radio France musical documentation biography, May 2014