ZUGLÓ PHILHARMONIA FROM BUDAPEST
Gergely Ménesi, conductor
The Zugló Philharmonics from Budapest was established in 1954, but in 2006 it became a professional music ensemble. It unites approximately 100 highly professional young musicians who are joined by a 120-member choir when needed. They regularly perform around Europe – in Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Finland and other countries. Their performances are distinctively youthful, partly due to the average musicians' age and partly as a consequence of the leadership of the cellist Kálmán Záborszky who has directed the choir since 1988. As proud holders of the National Youth Orchestra title won in 2011, they have recorded a number of CDs, many radio and television broadcastings and cooperated with finest musicians, like János Ferencsik and Tamás Vásáry, and conductors, among which Yuri Simonov, Kobayashi Ken-Ichiro and Zoltán Kocsis.
The programme which includes works by Hungarian composers will be presented for the first time in Nova Gorica led by the conductor Gergely Ménesi who studied conducting at Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music. Since 2001 he is assigned as professor at Liszt Academy in various departments (solfeggio, music theory – till 2004). Now is engaged as conductor of Symphony Orchestra of Liszt Academy. From 1998 he collaborates as conductor of University of Gyor Orchestra. In the past he has worked as guest professor and principal of master classes for conducting, chamber music, solfeggio and music theory at University of Miskolc and St. Stephen Conservatory. As conductor he has appeared in Sweden, Slovakia, Poland and Germany, beside this he was a guest conductor at the TV Mezzo classical music show and on the EBU – both broadcasted live. He is active also as opera conductor. At 9th János Ferencsik International Conducting Competition he won 2nd prize.
F. Erkel: Hunyadi László Opera - Overture
Z. Kodaly: Dances of Galánta
F. Liszt: Les préludes
B. Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra, Sz. 116, BB 123