Peter Eötvös

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Peter Eötvös is one of the best known interpreters of 2Oth century music. He Peter Eötvöswas born in 1944 in Transsylvania, received diplomas from Budapest Academy of Music (composition) and Hochschule für Musik in Cologne (conducting). Between 1968 and 1976 he played regularly with the Stockhausen Ensemble. From 1971 to 1979 he collaborated with the electronic music studio of the Westdeutscher Rundfunk in Cologne.
In 1978, at the invitation of Pierre Boulez, he conducted the inaugural concert of IRCAM in Paris, and was subsequently named musicl director of the Ensemble InterContemporain, a post he held until 1991. Since his Proms debut in 1980 he has made regular appearances in London. From 1985-1988 he was Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He was appointed First Guest Conductor at the Budapest Festival Orchestra from 1992 - 1995, Chief Conductor of the Radio Chamber Orchestraof Hilversum from 1994 and First Guest Conductor at National Philharmonic Orchestra (Budapest) from 1998. Other orchestras he has worked with include the most important Radio Orchestras in Europe, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonia, Orchestre de Paris, Los Angeles Philharmonic and New Japan Symphony Orchestra. He has also worked in opera houses including La Scala, Milan,the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and La Monnaie, Brussels, with directors including Luca Ronconi, Robert Altman, Klaus-Michael Grüber, Robert Wilson.

In 1991 he founded the International Eötvös Institute and Foundation for young conductors and composers. From 1992-98 he was professor at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe, and since 1998 he has been professor at Cologne´s Hochschule für Musik.
He was awarded the Officier de l'Ordre des l'Arts et des Lettres by the French Cultural Minister in 1988, the Bartók Prize in Hungary in 1997 and the Christoph und Stephan Kaske Prize in Germany in 2000. He is a member of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, Szechenyi Academy of Art in Budapest and Sächsische Akademie der Künste in Dresden.

His many compositions are regularly performed throughout the Peter Eötvösworld, and include Chinese Opera, Psychokosmos, Atlantis, Shadows, Two monologues, Replica, zeroPoints and the opera Three Sisters. Three Sisters was awarded France´s Prix Claude-Rostand, Grand Prix de la Critique (1997/98) and Victoires de la Musique Classique et du Jazz (1999) and its CD won Grand Prix of Academie Charles Cros (1999), Diapason d´or de l´année 2000" in France, ECHO Preis 2000" in Germany and "Prix Caecilia" in Belgium (2000).
His works have been recorded by BIS AG, BMC, DGG, ECM, ERATO, Hungaroton and his music is published by Editio Musica (Budapest), Ricordi (Munich), Salabert (Paris), Schott Music (Mainz).

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Chinese Opera

29 - 31 January, Vienna, Austria Klangforum Ensemble Wien

Chinese Opera
4 February, Basel, Switzerland Klangforum Ensemble Wien

5 February, Stuttgart, Germany Klangforum Ensemble Wien

Two Monologues
21 February, Frankfurt, Germany
Südwestfunk Orch. - Freiburg

Psy (harp version)
25 February, Freiburg, Germany
26 February, Koblenz, Germany

29 March, Milano, Italy
Scala Filharmony Orch.

Two poems
8 April, New York, USA
Darrett Adkins

17 April, Miami, USA
New World Symphony Orch.

26 April, Los Angeles, USA
Los Angeles Philharmony Orch.

Psy (cimbalom version)
1 May, Tel Aviv, Israel
2 May, Jerusalem, Israel
The Israel Contemporary Players

29 May, Essen, Germany
Festival KlangRaum

12, 13, 18, 19 June Karlsruhe, Germany
Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe
directed by Renate Ackermann

20 - 21 June, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Radio Chamber Orchestra Hilversum

11 July, Avignon, France
Ensemble Modern

Psy (piano version)
8 September, Warsawa, Poland

Chinese Opera

Psy (marimba version)



Psalm 151 (four players)

Two poems
28 September, Düsseldorf, Germany
Musikfabrik Düsseldorf

2 October, Berlin Akademie der Künste, Germany
UMZE Budapest

4 October, Karlsruhe ZKM, Germany
UMZE Budapest

9 October, Paris, France
Ensemble InterContemporain
conducted by Pierre Boulez

Brass, the metal space
22 October, Budapest, Hungary
Brass in the Five

14 October, Frankfurt, Germany
Ensemble Modern

16 October, Budapest, Hungary
Ensemble Modern

Three sisters
13, 15, 17, 19, 27 October & 1, 5, 7 November, Düsseldorf, Germany
Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf
(German version)
directed by Inge Levant

As I crossed a Bridge of Dreams
16 October, Donaueschingen festival, Germany
Ens. Varianti Stuttgart

23 October, Amsterdam (VARA matiné), Holland
Radio Philharm. Orch. Hilversum

26 October, Budapest, Hungary
UMZE Budapest

Psalm 151
12 November, Stuttgart, Germany
Laszlo Hudacsek

Three sisters
29 November (premiere) & 1 December, Utrecht, Holland
4 Den Haag, 7 Enschede, 9 Eindhoven, 11 Den Bosch, 14 Rotterdam, 15 Maastricht, 17 - 18 Amsterdam
Holland Reise Oper - Eindhoven
Russian version
directed by S. Nordey