York Höller Topic - Horizont - Mythos - Schwarze Halbinseln
NEOS 10829 May 2010
Zsolt Nagy was born in Gyula, Hungary in 1957. He began his musical career as a coach and conductor at the City Theatre of Békécsaba (1976/79). At the age of 23 he took up conducting studies with István Párkai at the Academy of Music in Budapest (diploma in 1984). He was twice awarded a Soros Foundation Scholarship for studies in Milan and Paris (1988, 1989). He participated in the seminars given by Peter Eötvös during the Bartók Festivals (1985–89) and subsequently worked as his assistant in the Institute for New Music at the Karlsruhe Conservatory (1990–95). Between 1995–97 he served as Music Director of the Institute of Music Theatre. He was a guest lecturer at the International Eötvös Institute in Stuttgart (1995), Cologne (1997) and Eden-koben (1998, 2006).
Since 1999 he has held the post of Chief Conductor and Artistic Adviser of the Israel Contemporary Players. In 2002 he was appointed professor of conducting at the Paris Conservatory. He was Artistic Director of the masterclasses for conductors organized by the Janácˇek Philharmonic Orchestra in Ostrava and of the Masterclass for Young Conductors for New Music (held at the Music Centre in Jerusalem). Zsolt Nagy has worked with many important orchestras and ensembles. He has over 500 first performances to his credit, as well as numerous radio recordings and CDs. He received a special award for the promotion of new Israeli music.