Gergely Kesselyàk

Born: Budapest, 1971. He graduated from Piarist Secondary School of Budapest in 1989, and obtained his degree in conducting at Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music as a student of Ervin Lukács in 1995. 

Education: Master of Music Conductor Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest Degree 1995 

Training Programs: Master class: 1993, 1995: Jurij Szimonov
Music studies: violoncello, contrabass, piano, music theory 

Competitions: 1994: Parma, Arthuro Toscanini Competition, 3. price
1995: Budapest, MTV National Conductor Competition, 3. price 


  • Since 1993 conducted the leading Symphony Orchestras in Hungary: the National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the Hungarian Radio and Television, the Matáv Symphony Orchestra and the MÁV Symphony Orchestra
  • Since 1993 Stage plays:
    Hungarian State Opera House, Budapest Operetta and Musical Theatre, Hungarian Opera of Cluj- Napoca, National Theatre of Szeged, National Theatre of Miskolc, Csokonai National Theatre in Debrecen, Szigliget Theatre in Szolnok, Petőfi Theatre in Veszprém, National Theatre of Győr, National Theatre of Pécs
  • 1995-1997: the leader of the Hungarian Youth Radio Orchestra    
    1994-2001: guest conductor of the Hungarian State Opera    
    Since 2001: conductor-in-residence of the Hungarian State Opera
  • Since 2016: principal conductor, director of the Hungarian State Opera 

Guest conductor: Austria, Czech Republic, Croatia, France, Italy, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Ukraine, Chile, China, Egypt, Japan, Oman, Peru 

Music director: 
1997 – 2002: founder and music director of the opera division of the Miskolc National Theatre 
2001 – 2003: founder music director of the Bartók+ International Opera Festival 
2002 – 2006: artistic director of the BudaFest Summer Opera and Ballet Festival
2005 – 2012: artistic director of the Szeged Open-Air Festival  
2005 – 2006: music director at the Hungarian State Opera   
Since 2011 Director of the Bartók Plus Opera Festival

Certificate of merit:
2005 – Liszt Prize
2012 – Meritorious Artist 

Directing: 1999: Miskolc National Theatre, G.Verdi: Rigoletto     
2002: Miskolc National Theatre, G.Donizetti: L’elisir d’amore
2002: Bartók+ Opera Festival, Bartók B.: Bluebeard’s Castle     
2003: Hungarian State Opera, W.A.Mozart: Don Giovanni
2004: Szeged Open-Air Festival, G.Verdi: Nabucco 
2008: Szeged Open-Air Festival, G.Puccini: Turandot 
2013: Miskolc National Theatre: G.Verdi: Nabucco
2014: Csokonai National Theatre, Debrecen: G.Verdi: Nabucco
2015: Hungarian State Opera, G.Verdi: Nabucco 
2015: Miskolc National Theatre, G.Puccini: Tosca 

Experience: More than 1500 performances conducted.