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András Ligeti

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is a Hungarian classical violinist and conductor. Ligeti studied violin and conducting at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. He won the First Prize at the Leo Weiner Violin Competition and in 1980 at the Bloomington. He graduated in 1979 as conductor and was awarded the Sir Georg Solti Scholarship, studying with Osterreicher in Vienna and later with Igor Markevich.

In 1985 he became Associate Conductor to the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, succeeding Gyorgy Lehel as Chief Conductor in 1989, a position he held until 1993, when he became Chief Guest. With the Budapest Symphony he gave tours to Great Britain, Japan and Korea, and the orchestra’s first visit to Australia in 1994. In 1997 he became the Music Director of the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra.

Worldwide he has conducted a number of major orchestras, including the Dresden Philharmonic, Berlin Radio Symphony, BBC Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic (including a tour to France), Israel Philharmonic, Bergen Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, Sapporo and Nagoya Philharmonics, Nouvelle Orchestre de Paris, Academia Santa Cecilia and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.

He has enjoyed a close relationship with Claudio Abbado, beginning when he worked with Abbado and the Mahler Youth Orchestra; at Abbado’s invitation he has conducted concerts and opera at the Wien Modern during the 90s.

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