Gregory Vajda, Music Director

Gregory Vajda, one of the most sought-after symphonic and operatic conductors on the international scene and an accomplished composer, was appointed the sixth Music Director of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra in 2011. After a three-year tenure as Principal Conductor of the Hungarian Radio Symphony, he became its Principal Guest Conductor in 2014. Gregory was honored with the ARTE Concert TV Audience Award for the 2017 production of the opera Prima Donna by Rufus Wainwright. He is Music Director of the Portland Festival Symphony, Artistic Director of the International Armel Opera Festival, and a frequent guest lecturer and professor of the conducting and composition master classes of the International Eötvös Institute for Contemporary Music.

Recent conducting engagements include work with the Palermo Opera, Hungarian State Opera, Gyor Philharmonic Orchestra, and Pannon Philharmonic; in 2017-18, Gregory led the Hamburg State Opera, Kaohsiung Symphony (Taiwan), Rutgers Symphony, and Danubia Symphony. He also toured China with musicians of the Hungarian Radio Symphony.

In March 2018, Hungary honored Gregory’s work as a composer with the Bartók-Pásztory Prize. Created by the widow of the great composer and pianist Béla Bartók, this prestigious award celebrates the musical achievements of Hungarians.

Born in Budapest, Gregory Vajda is the son of renowned soprano Veronika Kincses. He studied conducting at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music under Professor Ervin Lukács, and was also a pupil of composer and conductor Peter Eötvös.

For more information, please visit Gregory’s website.