Péter Eötvös

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Péter Eötvös (2018). Photo: Gáspár Stekovics

Péter Eötvös [ 'peːtɛr ˈøtvøʃ ] (born January 2, 1944 in Odorheiu Secuiesc , Hungarian Székelyudvarhely , Transylvania ) is a Hungarian composer and conductor .

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Eötvös was born in the Hungarian-speaking Szeklerland , which had belonged to Romania since the Treaty of Trianon in 1920 , but was occupied by Hungary from 1941 to 1944 after the Second Vienna Arbitration . His father was stationed there as a soldier, his mother was a pianist and music teacher. The family fled to Dresden from the advancing front , but soon returned to Hungary.

At the age of 14 he was accepted by Zoltán Kodály at the Budapest Music Academy , where he studied from 1958 to 1965. In 1966 he received a scholarship to study conducting at the Cologne University of Music . From 1968 to 1976 a collaboration with Karlheinz Stockhausen's ensemble followed. From 1971 to 1979 he worked at the studio for electronic music of the WDR in Cologne . From 1979 to 1991 he was musical director of the Ensemble intercontemporain on a call from Pierre Boulez . In 1991 he founded the International Eötvös Institute for Young Conductors and Composers in Budapest. Between 1992 and 1998 he was teaching at the Karlsruhe University of Music , which he resumed in 2002. From 1998 to 2001 he was a professor at the Cologne University of Music. He also regularly leads master classes and seminars around the world.

As a conductor Péter Eötvös is regularly invited by the following orchestras: Concertgebouw Orchestra , Berlin Philharmonic , Munich Philharmonic , Vienna Philharmonic , Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra , Orchester Philharmonique de Radio France , BBC Symphony Orchestra , Cleveland Orchestra and NHK Symphony Orchestra . He has also conducted at opera houses such as Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Royal Opera House in London, Opéra National de Lyon , Brussels Opera House La Monnaie / De Munt , Festival Opera in Glyndebourne and Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. He was also principal guest conductor with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Hungarian National Philharmonic, the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra of the SWR , the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. From 1994 to 2004 Péter Eötvös was also chief conductor of the Radio Chamber Orchestra in Hilversum.


Works (selection)

Orchestral works

  • 1993: Psychocosmos . World premiere by the RSO Stuttgart
  • 1995: Atlantis . World premiere by the RSO Cologne
  • 1998: Two monologues for baritone and orchestra from Tri Sestri . World premiere by the SWR symphony orchestra
  • 1999: zeroPoints . World premiere by the London Symphony Orchestra
  • 1999: Replica for viola and orchestra. World premiere by the London Symphony Orchestra
  • 2002: IMA . World premiere by the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne
  • 2003: Jet Stream . World premiere by the BBC Symphony Orchestra London
  • 2006: Seven - Memorial for the Columbia Astronauts . For solo violin and orchestra
  • 2008: Concerto for two pianos and orchestra . World premiere by the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne .
  • 2011: Cello Concerto Grosso . World premiere by the Berlin Philharmonic
  • 2012: DoReMi for violin and orchestra. World premiere by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra .
  • 2012: The Gliding of the Eagle in the Skies . World premiere by the Euskadiko Orkestra.
  • 2013: Speaking Drums for percussion and orchestra. World premiere by the Orchester Philharmonique de Monte Carlo.
  • 2016: All vittime senza nome for orchestra. First performance by the orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala Milano .
  • 2018: Reading Malevich for orchestra. World premiere by the orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy.

Ensemble works and chamber music

  • 1985–1990: stones
  • 1990: Brass - The Musical Space Action piece for seven brass instruments and two percussionists
  • 1992: Correspondence for string quartet
  • 1993: Triangle musical actions for a creative drummer and 27 instruments
  • 1993: Psalm 151 in memoriam Frank Zappa for solo percussion or four percussionists
  • 1996: Psychokosmos: PSY Trio (for cimbalon, flute and cello)
  • 1996: Shadows for flute, clarinet and chamber orchestra
  • 2007: Octet for winds
  • 2007: Octet for soprano and eight wind instruments
  • 2010: Schiller: energetic beauty , premiere: May 6, 2011 Witten Days for New Chamber Music 2011, Ensemble Modern , Schola Heidelberg
  • 2011: Autumn day for girls' choir a cappella
  • 2014: da capo (with fragments from WA Mozart's fragments) for cimbalom or marimba and ensemble
  • 2016: The Sirens Cycle for coloratura soprano and string quartet
  • 2018: Secret Kiss , melodrama for speaker, flute, clarinet, violin, violoncello and percussion

Solo works

  • 1993: Psalm 151 in memoriam Frank Zappa for solo percussion
  • 1993/2001: Dervish dance for solo clarinet
  • 1998: two poems for Polly for cello solo
  • 2003: Erdenklavier - Himmelklavier for piano solo
  • 2011: Dances of the Brush-Footed Butterfly for piano solo



Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Article in the Munzinger Archive , Internationales Biographisches Archiv 49/2018 from December 4, 2018, online .
  2. ricordi.de. Retrieved June 19, 2014 .
  3. adk.de. Retrieved June 19, 2014 .
  4. sadk.de. Retrieved June 19, 2014 .
  5. ksta.de. Retrieved June 19, 2014 .
  6. Péter Eötvös at Schott Music , accessed on June 15, 2020.
  7. Péter Eötvös at Schott Music , accessed on June 15, 2020.