Gergely Kesselyák - Bruce Hobson - Equinox Music


Gergely Kesselyák

Born in Budapest in 1975, conductor Gergely Kesselyák began studying the cello in 1980 and later took up contrabass and piano as well. Voice and theory lessons followed while he improved as a cellist and lead the cello section in seven orchestras. From 1990 to 1995 he studied conducting at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music with Ervin Lukács and Y. Simonov.

After winning third place in the International Television Conductors Contest, Mr. Kesselyák was awarded the special prize of the National Philharmonia of Hungary. His proficiency with a wide variety of repertoire from opera to musicals led to a very active conducting schedule with numerous organizations including: The Hungarian State Opera, The Hungarian State Concert Orchestra, and The Hungarian Youth Radio Orchestra.

Mr. Kesselyák has been conducting contemporary music for compact disc recordings since 1990, as well as helping with the preparation of radio and television recordings. He has conducted for numerous recordings produced by the Kiraly Music Network. Among these recordings is the Cantilena Infinita of Bruce Hobson, which can be heard on Equinox Music CD 0102.

In 1997 he was a founding member of Opera Production at the National Theater of Miskolc and was music director there from 1997-2001. Successful guest conducting appearances with the Hungarian State Opera since 1994 led to Mr. Kesselyák's appointment as conductor there in 2001, and in 2003 he became assistant to the Music Director of the Opera.

He has been active as a composer since 1987 and has concentrated on composing religious music. These works include: Easter Oratory (1987), ??? Diae Oratory (1989), Requiem (1990), Missa Allegra (1997), and Missa di Camera (1999).

In addition to conducting appearances in Italy, Austria, Romania, the Ukraine, and Egypt, Mr. Kesselyák has appeared regularly with Hungary's leading symphony orchestras, including The National Philharmonic Orchestra, The Orchestra of the Budapest Philharmonic Society, The Orchestra of the Hungarian Radio, The MATÁV Symphony Orchestra, and The MÁV Symphony Orchestra.

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