"Le chef d’orchestre Peter Csaba devant un orchestre transcendé par sa musicalité contagieuse, a réalisé, dans le même concert, des versions hautes en couleur des deux Rhapsodies et de l’exigeante Symphonie de chambre de Georges Enesco."
Le Monde de la Musique - June 1999
Péter Csaba - conductor / violinist - was born in 1952 in Roumania (Cluj) in a family of Hungarian musicians.
He started studies of violin, composing and conducting in his home town and later in Bucharest at C. Porumbescu Conservatory of Music. Among his professors were Peter Zsurka and George Manoliu for violin, Ede Terényi for composing and conducting.
Prize-winner of several national and international competitions, namely the Competition Niccolo Paganini in Genova, he started a successful international career with intensive tours in Europe and in Asia including several recordings for radio, television and international record companies.
He has lived in France since 1983, and became a professor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique (CNSMD) in Lyon, super-soloist at the Lyon Opera House and the Orchestre National de Lyon, orchestras he often conducted.
From 1995 until 2010, he was the Artistic Director of the Besançon Symphony Orchestra (France).
From 1993 to 2002, Péter Csaba was Artistic Director and Chief Conductor in Sweden of the Musica Vitae Chamber Orchestra and Artistic Leader of the Euro Musica Vitae Festival which he created for European young talents. In 1986, he founded the Virtuosi di Kuhmo chamber orchestra in Finland. Several recordings and concert tours testify to this dynamic artistic period. He also acted as Artistic Director of the Lapland Festpiel (Sweden) and in 2000 as Artistic Director of the Kuhmo Festival in Finland.
His chamber music partners were among many others Oleg Kagan, Natalia Gutman, Krystian Zimerman, Maria Tipo, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Peter Frankl, Franz Helmerson, Tabea Zimmermann, Gary Hoffman, Paul Neubauer, Ralf Gothoni, Zoltán Kocsis, Miklós Perényi, J-F Heisser, Dezsö Ránki, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Steven Isserliss, Bella Davidovich.
His wish to help young musicians develop their talent and skills became a reality at CNSMD in Lyon when he accepted the responsibility of the orchestra class in 1996.
He was director of the Maurice Ravel Academy in Saint-Jean de Luz (France) and since 2001 he is Artistic Director of Encuentro de Musica y Academia in Santander (Spain), allowing him to provide a wonderful opportunity for young musicians to meet and perform together with world famous artists in more than 60 concerts.
Péter CSABA has given concerts in more than 60 countries and conducted orchestras, such as Helskinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Finlandia Sinfonietta, Lyon Opera Orchestra, Lyon National Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (England), Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bordeaux National Symphony Orchestra, Lille National Orchestra, Montpellier National Orchestra, Orchestre d’Auvergne, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Turku Symphony Orchestra, Budapest MÁV Symphony Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, Odense Symphonic Orchestra, Lisbonne Metropolitana Orchestra, Orchestra Symphonica Siciliana in Palermo, RIAS Orchestra Berlin, Kyushu Symphony Orchestra Fukuoka (Japan), Geidai Phylharmonic Orchestra, Toho Symphony Orchestra (Tokyo), Stockholm New Chamber Orchestra, Norfolk Festival Orchestra (USA), Berkeley Symphony Orchestra (USA), National Orchestra of Lithuania, Orchestra Freixenet de la Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía de Madrid, National Orchestra of South Africa (Pretoria), Haifa Symphony Orchestra, Navarra Symphony Orchestra (Spain), Granada Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra….
Many renowned soloist have performed under his baton: Pierre Fournier, Dimitri Bashkirov, Natalie Gutman, Peter Frankl, Neil Mackie, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, James Galway, J-J. Kantorow, Zachar Bron, Hansjörg Schellenberger, Radovan Vlatkovic, Anne Queffélec, Brigitte Engerer, Régis Pasquier, Håkan Hardenberger, Cristian Lindberg, Roland Pöntinen, Akiko Suwanai, Thomas Zehetmair, György Pauk, Isabel van Keulen, Zoltán Kocsis, Miklós Perényi, Boris Berezovsky, Nicolai Lugansky, David Guerrier, Jean-François Heisser.
Peter Csaba closely collaborated with great composers as Alfred Schnittke, Sofia Gubaidulina, Gilbert Amy, Eric Bergman, Bruno Mantovani, Pascal Dusapin, Xavier Montsalvatge, Kaja Saariaho, Ede Terényi, György Kurtág, Edith Canat de Chizy, Betsy Jolas, Henri Dutilleux.
For his remarquable contribution to development of Swedish musical life and the quality of his artistic work with the Musica Vitae Orchestra he was unanimously elected in 2002 member of the Royal Academy of Sweden and received the prestigious Spelmanen Prize.
Peter Csaba recorded for Ondine, Hungaroton, Bis, Praga, Harmonia Mundi, Caprice and other companies.
His CD with works by Sibelius, recorded with the Virtuosi di Kuhmo, was chosen by the American public radios the best classical record of the year 1995 in the USA. His recording of Shostakovich's Chamber Symphony is considered by musical critics as one of the best ever made of this piece.
Peter Csaba takes up the position of Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the MÁV Symphony Orchestra Budapest (Hungary) from September 2012.
He received the prestigeous award Legion of Honour (Ordre National de la Légion d'honneur) by the French Republic on the 1st January 2017. Péter Csaba became "the Knight of Legion of Honour (Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur) for spreading the French culture and music around the world.
Sound : Mendelssohn : Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Orchstra in D minor , 3rd movement
Design : Peter Gosztonyi