Conductor Gergely Sugar
Hungarian born conductor and horn player Gergely Sugar received his principal education at the famous Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest and at the University of Music in Vienna, where his professors included composers Ivan Madarasz, Adam Kondor, conductors Tamas Gal, Laszlo Kovacs, and horn-players Friedrich Gabler and Adam Friedrich.
At the age of 21 he became one of the youngest members of the Budapest Festival Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Ivan Fischer who influenced him to persuade his conducting carrier. After winning the horn-audition and becoming a member of the prestigious Wiener Symphoniker at the age of 23, Gergely continued his conducting studies with legendary conductor educator Maestro Jorma Panula in St. Petersburg, Russia, Dutch orchestra creator Maestro Kees Bakels and David Gimenez Carreras.
His first conducting engagement included the St. Petersburg Academic Festival Orchestra, in Russia, the chamber-players, chamber choir, brass ensemble and youth orchestra of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra throughout Malaysia, as well as the Kammersymphonie der Wiener Symphoniker at the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna. Gergely Sugar has been cover conductor for Christoph von Dohnanyi and Thomas Hampson for Arnold Schoenbergs ‘A Survivor from Warsaw’, collaborated and conducted works by the American composer John Adams in Vienna, premiered compositions by Miguel Kertsman and led the Illustrated Chamber Performances Concert Series at the Petronas Twin Towers with the works of Leopold and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn, Antonin Dvorak, Johann Strauss and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in Kuala Lumpur.
His upcoming performance highlights in the 2017 season include works by Gustav Mahler (‘Das Lied von der Erde’), violin concertos by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Kurt Weil, and works by Conlon Nancarrow, Aaron Copland, Sergei Prokofiev, Ludwig van Beethoven and Igor Stravinsky.
Gergely’s recordings as soloist of the Christoph Förster Horn Concerto, ‘Jugend’ by Siegfried Karg Elert, Septett Op.20 by Ludwig van Beethoven and Robert Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro are available at the labels Solo Musica München, Hungaroton and Schloss Weinzierl respectively.
Gergely Sugar is University Professor at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria. Gergely resides in Vienna with his wife violinist Orsolya Korcsolan and his son Natan.