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Ligeti András

conductor, violin

Place of Birth
Date of Birth

Born in the city of Pécs on August 5, 1953, Ligeti can hardly remember a time when music was not at the center of his life. His father, himself a musician, started the 5-year-old András on violin. In 1970 these studies continued at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, where he received a diploma as a violinist in 1977. There he took an especial interest in contemporary music. In 1974 he was admitted to the conducting department, where he was a student of András Kórodi. He was awarded a conducting diploma in 1979. Ligeti�s career began in 1977 as the concertmaster of the State Opera House in Budapest. He soon became a conductor there, holding that position from 1981-5. During this period he won first prizes for his violin playing at competitions, such as the Weiner Competition in Budapest (1975) and the Sonata Competition at Indiana University in the USA (1980). Further studies took him to the Music College of Vienna as a Solti scholar student of Karl Österreicher (1980). In 1986 he was the assistant of Claudio Abbado with the Mahler Youth Orchestra.
In 1985 Ligeti became conductor of one of Hungary�s leading symphonic ensembles, the Hungarian Radio Orchestra, and was its principal conductor from 1990 to 1993. But his successes have not been limited to his home country. Ligeti has also appeared with the philharmonic orchestras of Dresden, Dortmund, Stuttgart, the Radio Orchestra of Berlin and the Symphony Orchestra of Berlin. He has conducted orchestras in Bergen, Oslo, Madrid, Taipei, Sapporo, Nagoya, Kanazawa and Israel. Other engagements have been with the Suisse Romande, the Festival Orchestra of Toronto, the Nouvelle Orchestre de Paris, the Santa Cecilia of Rome, the Japanese Chamber Orchestra, the Webern Ensemble of Vienna and the Philharmonics of Seoul and the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. In the British Isles he has led the BBC Philharmonic, as well as the BBC orchestras of London, Scotland, Belfast and Dublin.
From 1998 to 1999 he was the permanent conductor of Opera North in Leeds, and since January 2001 he has been the principal guest conductor of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. He has made numerous recordings for the Hungarian Radio, Hungaroton, NAXOS and Conifer as well as other labels. He has been awarded several times with Hungary�s most prestigious forms of recognition in the field of music, he got the Liszt Award (1988), Bartók-Pásztory Prize twice (1988, 2001), and also received the title Merited Artist recently in 2002. András Ligeti is currently music director of the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, Matáv in Budapest, a post he has held since February 1997. In this short time he has developed that orchestra into a vibrant, exciting group that excels in the Romantic and Modern repertory. Though his repertory stretches from the late Baroque, up through contemporary Hungarian works, András Ligeti feels closest to the music of Mahler and Brahms, Stravinsky and Bartók.

In 2007 he was awarded the Kossuth Prize.

Current performances of András Ligeti
Koncertkalendárium (
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
Classical Inspirations Vol.2 Naxos 8.551236
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: The Romantic Mozart Naxos 8.570076
With Love to You Naxos 8.557789
Stor Musik for Sma Oron - Children's Music Compilation
(Big Music for Little Ears - Children's Music Compilation)
Naxos 8.503156
Lugna Bla Timmar - Blue Hours Naxos 8.503024
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Colours of Mozart Naxos 8.551238
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Piano Concertos Nos.9 and 23 Naxos 8.571044
The Enchanted Lake - Sensual Music by Mozart, Mahler, Grieg, Sibelius, Rahmanyinov, Csajkovszkij, Borodin, Liadov, Shostakovich and others Naxos 8.555358DK
Listen, Learn and Grow with Mozart Naxos 8.554569UK
1987 Csemiczky: Commedia senza parole; Előhívó ének; Kyrie; Antiphonae No. 2
(Csemiczky, Miklós: Commedia senza parole; Summoning Song; Kyrie; Antiphonae No. 2)
Hungaroton SLPX 12854 Own
1988 Fiatal zeneszerzők csoportja, Antológia 2.
(Young Composer's Group, Anthology 2.)
Hungaroton SLPX 12946 LP
1988 Grieg, Edvard: Piano Concerto - Schumann, Robert: Piano Concerto Naxos 8.550118
1990 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Piano Concertos Nos.12, 14 and 21 Naxos 8.550202
1990 Liszt Ferenc: Piano Concerto No.2 - Fantasy on Hungarian Folk Themes - Weber: Polonaise brillante - Weber: Freischutz Fantasie Capriole CA15631
1990 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Piano Concertos Nos.9 and 27 Naxos 8.550203
1990 Balassa Sándor: A harmadik bolygó
(Balassa, Sándor: The Third Planet)
Hungaroton SLPX 31186 LP
1990 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Piano Concertos Nos.17 and 18 Naxos 8.550205
1990 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Piano Concertos Nos.13 and 20 Naxos 8.550201
1990 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Piano Concertos Nos.20 and 21. Naxos 8.550434
1990 Durkó Zsolt: Refrains; Ornamenti; Laude; Cantata No.2 Hungaroton SLPX 12753 LP
1990 The Instruments Of Classical Music Vol.6-10 Laserlight 15980 5 CDs
1991 Liszt Ferenc: Malediction - Grande fantaisie symphonique on Themes from Berlioz's Lelio - Fantasie on Motive from Beethoven's Ruinen von Athen Capriole CA14011
1991 101 Great Orchestral Classics, Vol.8. Naxos 8.551148
1991 101 Great Orchestral Classics, Vol.6 Naxos 8.551146
1992 The Best of Grieg Naxos 8.551108
1993 Schumann: The Best of Schumann Naxos 8.551112
1993 Classical Music Start-Up Kit Vol.1: 1500-1825 Naxos 8.550779
1994 101 Great Orchestral Classics, Vol.4. Naxos 8.551144
1994 Bartók Béla: Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 2 and 3 Naxos 8.550771
1994 Bartók Béla: 2 hegedűverseny Nos. 1,2
(Bartók, Béla: Violin Concertos Nos.1,2)
Hungaroton HCD 31543 Own
1995 Mendelssohn, Liszt, Grieg: Piano Concertos Naxos 8.553267
1995 Romance Naxos 8.553216
1995 Kurtág György művei
(Works by György Kurtág)
Hungaroton HCD 31290 Own
1996 Brahms, Johannes: Piano Concerto No.2 - Schumann, Robert: Piano Concerto in a minor Naxos 8.553268
1996 Classic Masterworks - Pjotr Tchaikovsky
(Classic Masterworks - Peter Tchaikovsky)
Capriccio C49031
1996 Classic Masterworks - Franz Liszt Capriccio C49037
1996 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: The Romantic Mozart Naxos 8.552211
1997 The Best of Mozart Naxos 8.556653
1997 Concertos for Brass Quintet & Orchestra
(Concertos for Brass Quintet & Orchestra)
Koch-Schwann 3-1542-2 H1
1997 The Best of Grieg Naxos 8.556658
1997 The Best of Schumann Naxos 8.556662
1997 Kortárs magyar szerzők művei cimbalomra
(Works for cimbalom by Hungarian Contemporary Composers)
Hungaroton HCD 31669
1997 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Adagio Naxos 8.552241
1998 Cinema Classics Vol.3 Naxos 8.556623
1998 Cinema Classics Vol.7 Naxos 8.556627
1998 Cinema Classics Vol.5 Naxos 8.556625
1998 Sonata - Classical Favourites for Relaxing and Dreaming Naxos 8.556609
1998 Beethoven, Ludwig van: Berceuse - Classical Favourites for Relaxing and Dreaming Naxos 8.556610
1999 Válogatás Strauss, Wagner, Sosztakovics, Sztravinszkij, Rachmanyinov, Verdi műveiből Távközlési Zenei Al. MHSO 04 Own
2000 Listen, Learn and Grow, Vol.2: Lullabies Naxos 8.554790
2000 Ferenc Farkas: Fruit Basket/ Omaggio a Pessoa/ Rose Madrigal/ Correspondances/ Aspirationes Principis Hungaroton HCD 31978
2000 Beethoven, Ludwig van: III. "Eroica" szimfónia Op.55
(Beethoven, Ludwig van: Symphony No.3 "Eroica" Op.55)
Távközlési Zenei Al. MHSO 05 Own
2001 The Best of Bartók Naxos 8.556693
2001 Mahler, Gustav: VI. szimfónia
(Mahler, Gustav: Symphony No.6)
Távközlési Zenei Al. MHSO 06 Own
2001 50 éves a Hungaroton - Karmesterek (1951-2001)
(Fifty Years of Hungaroton - Conductors, 1951-2001)
Hungaroton HCD 32074-77 4 CDs
2002 Mahler, Gustav: III. szimfónia; Strauss, Richard: Rózsalovag
(Mahler, Gustav: Symphony No.3; Strauss, Richard: Der Rosenkavalier)
Távközlési Zenei Al. MHSO 08-09 Own
2002 Liszt Ferenc: A-dúr zongoraverseny; Brahms: III. F-dúr szimfónia Op.90
(Liszt: Piano Concerto in A major; Brahms: Symphony No.3 in F major Op.90)
Távközlési Zenei Al. MHSO 07 Own
2002 Classical Moments 3: Classical Music to Relax to Naxos 8.555359
2002 Classical Moments 1: Classical Music to Wake Up to Naxos 8.555357
2002 Classical Moments 5: Classical Music to Dine to Naxos 8.555361
2002 Classical Moments 2: Classical Music for Love Naxos 8.555358
2003 Adagio Chillout Naxos 8.556783
2003 Dallamok Itáliából
(Melodie d'Italia)
Távközlési Zenei Al. MHSO 10 Own
2004 Strauss, Richard: Don Quixote/ Sosztakovics: Jazz szvit No. 2. Magánkiadás MSHO 12 Own
2004 Mozart for Meditation Naxos 8.557548
2004 Classic Moods - Grieg, Schumann, Faure, Tchaikovsky, Puccini, Debussy, Brahms, Mussorgsky Capriccio C18420
2004 Respighi, Ottorino: Roman Trilogy Távközlési Zenei Al. MHSO 11 Own
2004 Music Colors - Hungarian Contemporary Music (1989-2004) BMC HMIC BMC PCD 015 Not for sale - only for promotion
2004 Kortárs magyar trombitaversenyek
(Hungarian Contemporary Trumpet Concertos)
Hungaroton HCD 32251
2005 Night Music Vol.10 Naxos 8.556824
2005 The Very Best of Mozart Naxos 8.552111-12 2 CDs
2005 Liszt Ferenc: Dante Symphony - A la Chapelle Sixtine - Hungarian Rhapsodies - Piano Concertos - Totentanz - Wanderer Fantasy Capriccio C49450
2005 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: The Genius of Mozart Naxos 8.570116
2005 Schumann, Robert: Piano Concerto in A minor - Introduction and Allegro appassionato Naxos 8.557547
2005 Klassisk musik för harmoni
(Classical Music for Harmony)
Naxos 8.990116
2006 A Musical Journey - Salzburg: A Musical Tour of the City's Past and Present Naxos 2.110517 VHS
2006 Perfect Summer Wedding Naxos 8.557979
2006 The Very Best of Liszt Naxos 8.552131-32 2 CDs
2007 Bartók Béla - A Portrait Naxos 8.558200-01 2 CDs
2007 Pártos Ödön: Dicsőítő ének/ Hegedűverseny/ Fúziók
(Ödön Pártos: Song of Praise/ Concerto for Violin and Orchestra/ Fusions)
Hungaroton HCD 32450
2007 Cinema Classics 2007 Naxos 8.556834
2007 In Balance with Classical Music Naxos 8.503180DK
2007 Lytte Laere og Lege - Vuggeviser
(Listen, Learn and Play - Lullabies)
Naxos 8.570712
2007 20 Klassiska Favoriter
(20 Classical Favorites)
Naxos 8.570566
2008 Lytte Laere og Lege med Mozart - Leg og Fantasi
(Listen, Learn and Grow with Mozart)
Naxos 8.570903
2008 Stimulerande - Musik för Kropp och Själ
(Stimulant - Music for Body and Soul)
Naxos 8.572148
2009 The Very Best of Cinema Classics Naxos 8.578021-22 2 CDs
2010 The Naxos Mozart Album Naxos 8.578126
2011 My First Mozart Album Naxos 8.578204
2011 Liszt Ferenc: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 - Fantasies Naxos C7095
2012 Beethoven, Ludwig van: Piano Concerto No.5 - Mozart, W.A.: Piano Concerto Naxos 8.572934
2012 Min Forste Mozart
(My First Mozart Album)
Naxos 8.578233
2013 Lassik ohne Krise: Ganz grosses Kino Naxos 8.551306-07 2 CDs