Peter Eötvös is one of the best known interpreters of 2Oth century
music. He was 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 world, 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).
29 - 31 January, Vienna, Austria Klangforum Ensemble Wien
4 February, Basel, Switzerland Klangforum Ensemble Wien
5 February, Stuttgart, Germany Klangforum Ensemble Wien
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.
8 April, New York, USA
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
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
Psy (piano version)
8 September, Warsawa, Poland
Psy (marimba version)
Psalm 151 (four players)
28 September, Düsseldorf, Germany
2 October, Berlin Akademie der Künste, Germany
4 October, Karlsruhe ZKM, Germany
9 October, Paris, France
conducted by Pierre Boulez
Brass, the metal space
22 October, Budapest, Hungary
Brass in the Five
14 October, Frankfurt, Germany
16 October, Budapest, Hungary
13, 15, 17, 19, 27 October & 1, 5, 7 November, Düsseldorf, Germany
Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf
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
12 November, Stuttgart, Germany
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
directed by S. Nordey