Róbert Farkas, chief conductor
Hungarian/German conductor Róbert Farkas, Chief Conductor of the MÁV Symphony Orchestra in Budapest since September 2021, Artistic Director for MUZIKA, at Theater Hagen, Germany, captured the attention of the classical music world when he won the third prize of the International Lovro von Matačić competition, as well as the Opera Award and the Special Award of the Croatian Composer's Society (HDS) in 2011. Since then, he conducted on a regular basis and developed strong artistic ties to such orchestras as the Hungarian National Philharmonic, the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Danubia Orchestra in Budapest. Most recently another meaningful and regular co-operation connects him to the Banatul State Philharmonic orchestra in Timisoara (Romania) where he became principal guest conductor for the season of 2022/23.
Internationally he conducted the NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic, the Zagreb Philharmonic, the Croation Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra, the National Philharmonic Orchestra in Sofia, the Orquesta Clásica Santa Cecilia in Madrid, also in Germany the Berliner Konzerthausorchester, the Berliner Symphonikert and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin. In 2022 he will conduct his Austrian Debut in Salzburg with theh Hungarian National Philharmonic
Apart from several classical operas like Cosi fan tutte, La Traviata or Die Entführung aus dem Serail, he also conducted modern and contemporary works like Shostakovich's Moskau Tscherjomuschki, Hindemith's Lehrstück, Rihm's Nietzsche opera Dionysos, Peter Maxwell Davies' The Turn of the Tide, Echnaton by Philip Glass and Johannes Harneit's Abends am Fluss and Hochwasser.
Because of his creative and imaginative musical mind, internationally renowned conductors like Iván Fischer, Dmitri Kitajenko and Péter Eötvös, accompany his career as mentors. Many years ago, Maestro Kocsis saw personally that he conducts his Debut with the Hungarian National Philharmonic. Robert Farkas also attended Masterclasses with Bernard Haitink, Gianluigi Gelmetti and Jorma Panula.
Farkas was born in Òzd, Hungary and grew up surrounded by various musical influences and traditions. He then studied Choral Conducting and Music Pedagogy as well Conducting with both Tamás Gál and András Ligeti. In 2006, he was awarded an Erasmus scholarship, which brought him to The University of the Arts in Berlin, where he continued his studies in Conducting with Professor Lutz Köhler until receiving his degree in 2012.
During the year 2013 his collaboration with conductor Iván Fischer started. For several years he worked with him closely at Konzerthausorchester in Berlin and the Budapest Festival Orchestra in Hungary, on tour and at their home series.
Kesselyák Gergely, Conductor
Gergely Kesselyák has been the conductor of the MÁV Symphony Orchestra since September 2010.
Kobayashi Ken-Ichiro, Honorary Guest Conductor
Péter Csaba, Permanent Guest Conductor
Gábor Takács-Nagy Permanent Guest Conductor
He has been conducting since 2002, debuting in Switzerland at the Sion Festival. He became the Music Director of the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra (Switzerland) in 2007. From 2011, he has been the chief conductor of the Manchester Camerata. In the MÁV Symphony Orchestra, he has been directing the workshops of the string musicians and the new chamber orchestra series of the ensemble since 2005. He became the first guest conductor of our orchestra in September 2008, and between September 2010 and June 2012, he was the chief conductor and music director of the MÁV Symphony Orchestra. Between 2014 and 2016, he was a guest conductor at the Budapest Festival Orchestra.
He has been the permanent guest conductor of the MÁV Symphony Orchestra since 2018.