Gregory Vajda, Music Director
Hailed as a “young titan” by the Montreal Gazette after conducting the Montreal Symphony in Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle and Schoenberg’s Erwartung, Gregory Vajda has fast become one of the most sought-after conductors on the international scene. After completing his tenure as Assistant Conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony in 2005, Mr. Vajda served as Resident Conductor of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra until 2012. He was appointed Artistic and Music Director of Music in the Mountains, Nevada City, California, in 2009 — only the second conductor to hold that position in the festival’s 28-year history. He is also the Artistic Advisor of the International Armel Opera Competition and Festival. Gregory was named Principal Conductor of the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2012; after the completion of a three-year tenure he was named Principal Guest Conductor of that orchestra. Recent guest conducting engagements include performances with the Hamilton Philharmonic, Omaha Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, the Rochester Philharmonic, and the Budapest Opera.
Gregory has been Music Director and Conductor of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra since the 2011-12 season. Maestro Vajda is also an accomplished composer: in 2015 he led the world premiere of his comic opera Georgia Bottoms with the HSO, and in 2016 he will premiere with the HSO a concerto grosso for percussion and orchestra, Drums, Drums, Drums, and will premiere his Clarinet Symphony with the Hungarian Radio Symphony at the Palace of the Arts in Budapest.
For more information, please visit Gregory’s website.