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.

Győriványi Ráth György


Place of Birth
Date of Birth

György Győriványi Ráth
He was born in Budapest, and began his music studies playing the trumpet, the cello and the piano. He received his diploma as a conductor in 1987 at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music Budapest under Ervin Lukács. In 1981-82 he participated in the Bartók Seminar led by László Somogyi at Szombathely. In 1983 he studied under Kurt Masur in Weimar, in 1984 and 1985 under Franco Ferrara in Siena with Leonard Bernstein’s scholarship, and in 1987 under Leonard Bernstein, Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Seiji Ozawa in Tanglewood with Sir George Solti’s scholarship.

In 1986 he won third prize and the audience award at the V. International Conductor’s Competition held by the Hungarian Television and first prize at the Toscanini Conductor’s Competiton in Parma.

He has appeared as an opera conductor in many opera houses in metropolises around the world, conducting opera productions at the Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires), the Teatro Municipal (Săo Paolo), the Würtembergische Staatstheater (Stuttgart), the Hamburg Opera House, the National Theatre in Mannheim, the Opera House in Rome, the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova, the Verona Arena, the Teatro Lirico "G. Verdi" di Triest, the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, the Teatro Gerio in Parma, the Teatro La Fenice in Venice and the Lyric Opera in Chicago.

In his home country first he conducted Verdi’s Traviata (Csücs / Bándi / Morozov) at the Hungarian State Opera, Budapest in 1988. In Italy he made his opera debut in 1995 with Verdi’s Macbeth at the Rome Opera (Nucci / Guleghina). In Germany at State Opera, Stuttgart he stood in to conduct without rehearsal Verdi’s Macbeth in 1996. He conducted a series of performances of Verdi’s Macbeth (Zchau / Rouillon), and a series of Puccini’s Turandot in 1997/98 (Patané / Nagore). In 1998 he conducted Verdi’s Macbeth also in Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires (Nucci / Makris).

In the USA he made his debut at the Lyric Opera, Chicago in 1998/99 with Boito’s Mefistofele (Dessi / Margison / Ramey). He is regularly invited as a jury member to international conductor’s competitions, namely in 1995 and 1997 Toscanini Competition in Parma, Matacic Competition in Zagreb, Ferrara Competition in Rome.

He has conducted concerts with orchestras including the Radio of the Berlin Radio, the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, the Luxembourg RTL Orchestra, the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, the Brabant Orchestra, the Netherlands, the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Lisbon, the Chile Symphony Orchestra, the RAI Orchestra in Milan, the ORT Orchestra in Florence, the Toscanini Orchestra in Parma, the Swiss-Italian Radio Orchestra, the Belgrade Philharmonic, the Zagreb Radio Orchestra, the Ljubljana Philharmonics, the Ljubljana Radio Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra of the Hungarian Radio, the State Concert Orchestra, Hungary, the Orchestra of the Budapest Philharmonic Society, the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, the Sofia Philharmonic, the Auckland Philharmonia, the Taipei City Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of the Italian Radio, the Verdi Orchestra, Milan and the Orchestra of the Verona Arena.

He has collaborated with the most prominent artists at concerts and opera productions. Among others, Marcello Alvarez, Renato Bruson, Ray Charles, José Cura, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, Daniella Dessi, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Maria Guleghina, Sumi Jo, Zoltán Kocsis, Ildikó Komlósi, Gidon Kremer, Sergei Leiferkus, Éva Marton, Elena Mosuc, Francesca Patane, László Polgár, Dezső Ránki, Vadim Repin, Sylvia Sass, Gabriele Schnaut, Luciana Serra, Grigory Sokolov, Alan Titus, Ilona Tokody, Carol Vaness and Lylia Zilberstein has sung or played under his baton.

From 1986 to 1992 he was permanent guest conductor of RAI Symphony Orchestra, Torino, from 1989 to 1992 the principal guest conductor of the Zagreb Philharmonic, from 1990 to 1996 permanent guest conductor at Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Seville. Since 1990 he has been maintaining a continual cooperation with the Hungarian Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra with whom he has given several concerts, gone on tour and recorded extensively.

From 1993 to 1995 he was the principal conductor and director of Music with the Rome Chamber Orchestra and Choir. From 2001 to 2002 he was the Director of Music and Artistic Director at the Hungarian State Opera House. From 2002 to 2004 he was Principal Guest Conductor with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2005 he has been Permanent Guest Conductor with the Hamburg Staatsoper. In 2006 he was Mandatory Director of Music at the Hungarian State Opera Budapest. Since 2008 he has been Permanent Guest Conductor and since 4 October 2010 Mandatory Music Dierector at the Hungarian State Opera Budapest.
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
1990 Masters Of Classical Music Vol.1-5 Laserlight 35800 5 CDs
1993 Romantic Moments Vol.1-5 Laserlight 35865 5 CDs
1996 Classic Masterworks - Antonin Dvorak Capriccio C49039
1998 Lendvay Kamilló: 5 Concerto
(Five Concertos)
Hungaroton HCD 31787
2004 Classic Moods - Bach, Gounod, Beethoven, Schubert, Wieniawski, Dvorak, Bruch, Grieg Capriccio C18413