Artist database

This is the Artist Database of BMC, which includes information about composers, musicians, orchestras, choirs and groups that are either Hungarian or Hungarian by origin or live in Hungary, as well as information about releases recorded with them.

Vajda Gergely


Place of Birth
Date of Birth

13 August 1973 Budapest

Reflecting his growing presence and demand in North America, he has been appointed in 2011 the sixth music director of the Huntsville Symphony. After concluding his 3 year tenure as Principal Conductor he was named Principal Guest Conductor of the Hungarian Radio Symphony (MR Symphony) in 2014. Mr. Vajda is also the Artistic Advisor of the International Armel Opera Competition and Festival.

vajda1In addition to his duties with these organizations, upcoming guest-conducting engagements during 2014-15 season include Hamilton Philharmonic, Omaha Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley and Rochester Philharmonic.

In 2013/14 Vajda was engaged by the Phoenix Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, Calgary Philharmonic and the Columbus Symphony. In 2012/13 he led the Edmonton Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony and Santa Barbara Symphony. In Hungary he conducted the Pannon Philharmonic in a semi-staged version of Ligeti’s opera Le Grand Macabre, and lead two performances of Lohengrin as part of the Budapest Wagner Days with the Hungarian National Opera Orchestra. In July he concluded his Artistic Director and Conductor position with Music in the Mountains, CA – a position held since 2009.

The 2011/12 season combined he returned to the Seattle Symphony and Edmonton Symphony with his debut leading the Toledo Symphony, while highlights of 2010/11 included a subscription series with the Oregon Symphony featuring the US premiere of his work “Duevoe,” a return to Atlanta Opera conducting La boheme, and re-engagements to the Baltimore Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley and Round Top Festival. Debuts with the Louisiana Philharmonic and Huntsville Symphony rounded out the season.

Vajda’s 2009/10 season began with a stint at the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, followed by his first return to the Hungarian State Opera since emigrating to the US. In his adopted country he led subscription concerts with the Oregon Symphony, debuts with the Seattle, Grand Rapids and Memphis symphonies, and returned to the San Antonio Symphony and Symphony Silicon Valley.

Season 2008/09 marked the conductor’s introduction to the Salzburg Festival as assistant conductor to Peter Eötvös. He conducted the final performance of Bartok’sBluebeard’s Castle with the Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna State Opera Chorus, before returning to the Atlanta Opera to lead La Cenerentola. On the orchestra stage, he conducted the Toronto, Edmonton, San Antonio, and Silicon Valley symphonies. He also helped inaugurate the widely talked-about EMPAC at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY) with a performance of Grabstein für Stephan by György Kurtag.

While assistant conductor with the Milwaukee Symphony, a position he relinquished in 2005, Gregory Vajda led several regional tours and had opportunities to conduct the Canadian Brass, Maureen McGovern, the KingSingers, as well as the Milwaukee Symphony in a yearlyclassical subscription series. In past seasons, Vajda appeared with St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic, the Winnipeg, Louisville, Charlotte and Omaha symphonies, the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Ensemble Intercontemporain, led the Klangforum Vienna in performances of Péter Eötvös’ As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams and Three Sisters (as part of the Wiener Festwochen), gave the premiere of his chamber opera The Giantbaby at the New Theatre in Budapest, and the premiere of Hungarian composer György Ránki’s opera King Pomade’s New Clothes at the Hungarian State Opera. He has also conducted at the festivals of Avignon and Strassbourg, at the Woodstock Mozart Festival, Grant Park Festival and the Mostly Mozart Festival in Lincoln Center.

In addition to conducting, Vajda is also a gifted clarinetist and composer. He conducted his own composition for the silent film The Crowd at the Auditorium of the Louvre, with American pianist Jay Gottlieb. He has also recorded his piece Duevoe with the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. He was honored with the Zoltán Kodály State Scholarship for composers for the year 2000, and the Annie Fischer State Scholarship for music performers in the year 1999. In 2020 and 2022 he won the ARTISJUS-prize.

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

see also: Vajda Gergely - conductor
Title Type Year
3 Pantomimes Chamber Music 1997
The Golem Stage work 2005
A fiatal nyár / Young Summer Solo voice(s) with ensemble 2006
The Music Gene Solo voice(s) with ensemble 2021
Alice Études Chamber Music 2016
The Giant Baby Opera 2001
Bagatelles canoniques / Canon Bagatelles Ensemble 2021
From Left To Right Ensemble 2019
Barbie Blue Opera 2006
Barbie Blue Overture Fantasy Symphony orchestra 2011
Barbie Monologues Solo voice(s) with orchestra 2007
Blechoper / Tin Opera Chamber Music 1998
Bluebox Ensemble 0
Fool´s Fairy Tale Symphony orchestra 2023
Budapest Revue Chamber Music 2024
Captain Hume’s Last Pavin Instrumental solo 2018
Clarinet Symphony Concerto 2016
Conversations with Children Chamber Music 2008
Csárdás Obstiné – Hommage to Ferenc Liszt Concerto 2011
Csárdás-cadenza Instrumental solo 2018
Dome Chamber Music 2017
Drop Shadow Chamber Music 2021
Drums Drums Drums Concerto 2015
Furious Flowers Chamber Music 2012
Duevoe Symphony orchestra 2004
Electro Csárdás Orchestral work 2021
Flower Blue Chamber Music 2016
Turning Chamber Music 1998
Fuhrleute / Transporters Opera 2019
Lightshadow-Trembling Instrumental solo 1993
Georgia Bottoms Opera 2014
Gulliver in Faremido Ensemble 2010
Gulliver Suite String orchestra 2013
Haarom Aalom Chamber Music 2002
Harsh Chamber Music 2007
Hommage a György Kurtág Chamber Music 1993
How To Draw A Tree Chamber Music 2018
Hypertext Ensemble 2001
A Serious Consideration of Endless Eternity Symphony orchestra 2024
Accompaniment Without A Song Instrumental solo 2019
Childhood Solo voice(s) with ensemble 2006
La Foule / The Crowd Chamber Music 2001
La persistance de la mémoire / The Persistence of Memory Instrumental solo 0
Le Tombeau de Messiaen - Prélude Ensemble 1994
Lessons with Vivaldi Ensemble 2021
LoFi Sonata Chamber Music 2022
L´analphabète Solo voice(s) with ensemble 2020
Macroscope Ensemble 2007
Medals Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 2022
All Things Happen To All Choir and orchestra 2023
Minute Machinery Instrumental solo 2022
Murder at the ZOO Ensemble 2020
Märchenende / Fairytale Endings - hommage à Robert Schumann Chamber Music 2020
Non-figurative Chamber Music 1997
Opening ∞, Closing ∞ Solo voice(s) a cappella 2020
Orlando´s Awakening Orchestral work 2012
Pater Noster Solo voice(s), choir & orchestra 2006
Post-Apocalyptic Pastorale Ensemble 2023
Prelude to Drop Shadow Chamber Music 2021
Purcell Variation Symphony orchestra 2005
Rough and Ready Symphony orchestra 2017
Schnitte Chamber Music 2015
Solo I. Instrumental solo 2000
Solo II. Instrumental solo 2000
Souvenir from Toggenburg Instrumental solo 2005
Gloomy Sunday Variations Symphony orchestra 2018
The Cloak, the Boat and the Shoes Solo voice(s) with orchestra 2016
The Rogue Harmonica Ensemble 2010
The Rooster´s Crowing Wind orchestra 2016
Further Conversations with Children Chamber Music 2020
Tristan Etude Chamber Music 2002
Troccata Chamber Music 2019
Dance and Sidesong Chamber orchestra 1997
Under-Song Vocal music 2020
There´s a Woman - hommage to Péter Esterházy Instrumental solo 1996
Magic Mountain Opera 2010
Void Instrumental solo 2011
Vacuum Live and prerecorded music 2008
Fort Fanfare Symphony orchestra 2022
You Will Cry at the End Ensemble 2022
Music Box Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 2024
Bracket-Song Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 1992
Bracket-songs Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 1996
sol-Étude Instrumental solo 2014
Persistent Dreams Instrumental solo 1991
Five Phenomena Chamber Music 2005