Artistic Director Péter Csaba received the Legion d'honneur


MÁV Symphony Orchestra's Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Péter Csaba received the prestigeous award Legion of Honour (Ordre National de la Legion d'honneur) by the French Republic on the 1st January 2017. Peter Csaba became "the Knight of Arts and Literature" (Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres) for spreading the French culture and music around the world.

Péter Csaba has been a Chief Conductor and Artistic Director at MÁV Symphony Orchestra since 2012. He conducted a number of critically acclaimed recordings and concerts with them, and brought a number of world-renowned artists to Hungary, like Menahem Pressler, Helen Donath, Frans Helmerson, Peter Frankl.

Péter Csaba was born in 1952 in Romania, into a family of Hungarian musicians. He started studies of violin, composing and conducting in his hometown and later in Bucharest at C. Porumbescu Conservatory of Music. Prize-winner of several national and international competitions, namely the Competition Niccolo Paganini in Genova, he started a successful international career with intensive tours in Europe and Asia including several recordings for radio, television and international record companies.

He has lived in France since 1983, and became a professor at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Lyon, super-soloist at the Lyon Opera House and often conducted at the National Orchestra of Lyon.

From 1993 until 2002, he was Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of Sweden’s Musica Vitae Chamber Orchestra and Artistic Leader of the Euro Musica Vitae Festival, which he created for young European talents. In 1986, he founded the Virtuosi di Kuhmo chamber orchestra in Finland, and also acted as Artistic Director of the Lapland Festpiel (Sweden).

Since 2001, he is Artistic Director of Encuentro de Musica y Academia in Santander (Spain), which provides the opportunity for young musicians to meet and perform together with world famous artists in more than 60 concerts.

For his remarkable contribution to the development of Swedish musical life, and for the quality of his artistic work with the Musica Vitae Orchestra, he was elected in 2002 a member of the Royal Academy of Sweden, and received the prestigious Spelmanen Prize.

Péter Csaba has recorded for Ondine, Hungaroton, Bis, Praga, Harmonia Mundi, Caprice and other companies. His CD with works by Sibelius, recorded with the Virtuosi di Kuhmo, was chosen by the American Public Radio as the best classical record of 1995 in the USA. His recording of Shostakovich's Chamber Symphony is considered one of the best ever made of this piece.