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Péter Eötvös

Peter Eötvös

Péter Eötvös (pronounced ; born 2 January 1944) is a Hungarian composer and conductor.

Eötvös was born in Odorheiu Secuiesc/Székelyudvarhely, Szeklerland, Transylvania (then part of Hungary, now in Romania). He studied composition in Budapest and Cologne. From 1962, he composed for film in Hungary. Eötvös played regularly with the Stockhausen Ensemble between 1968 and 1976. From 1979 to 1991, he was Musical Director and conductor of the Ensemble InterContemporain (EIC). From 1985 to 1988, he was principal guest conductor with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He is principal guest conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra since 2003.[1] The recording of Berio’s Sinfonia with Peter Eötvös and London Voices (DG) received the BBC Music Magazine’s Award for “Technical excellence in recording” in 2006.[2]

Eötvös's music shows the influence of a variety of composers. As director of the Ensemble InterContemporain, he was exposed to many exotic and respected samples of concert music, as is evidenced in the variety of timbres and sound-worlds within his music. Extended techniques such as over-pressure bowings coexist with lyrical folk songs, and synthesized sounds. Eötvös also is technologically competent, and provides detailed instructions on how to mix instruments for electronic manipulation or amplification. His first large scale compositions were for film. This often reflects on his later pieces in moments of atmospheric airiness. Two of his compositions for orchestra and voice, Atlantis and Ima, were inspired by Sándor Weöres' poem Néma zene.[3]

Most of his works are published by Schott Music, Mainz.[4]

In august 20, 2015 he was decorated with Hungary's highest decoration, the Grand Cross of the Order of Saint Stephen of Hungary.[5]


  • Works 1
    • Stage works 1.1
    • Orchestra works 1.2
    • Ensemble works 1.3
    • Chamber music, vocal music, electronic and solo works 1.4
  • As conductor 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Stage works

Orchestra works

  • DoReMi (Violin Concerto No. 2), violin and orchestra (2012)
  • Cello Concerto Grosso (2011)
  • CAP-KO, concerto for piano, keyboard and orchestra (2005)
  • Jet Stream, trumpet concerto (2003)
  • IMA, for choir and orchestra (2002)
  • zeroPoints, for orchestra (1999)
  • Two monologues, for baritone and orchestra (1998)
  • Replica, viola concerto (1998) - recorded by Kim Kashkashian on ECM Records
  • Atlantis, for Orchestra (1995)
  • Psychokosmos, zymbalon concerto (1993)
  • Chinese Opera, for orchestra (1986)

Ensemble works

  • da capo (Mit Fragmenten aus W. A. Mozarts Fragmenten), for cimbalon or marimba and ensemble (2014)
  • Octet (2007), for brasses
  • Octet, for soprano and eight brasses (2007)
  • Snatches of a conversation, for ensemble (2001)
  • Paris–Dakar, for ensemble (2000)
  • Shadows, for flute, clarinet and ensemble (1996)
  • Psy, for ensemble (1996)
  • Triangel, percussionist and ensemble (1993)
  • Brass – The Metal Space, Actions for seven brasses and two percussionists without conductor (1990)
  • Steine, for ensemble (1985–90)
  • Windsequenzen, for ensemble (1975/1987)
  • Endless Eight II. — Apeiron musikon, for ensemble (1988–89)
  • Endless Eight I., for ensemble (1981)
  • Intervalles-Interieurs, ensemble and electronics (1981)

Chamber music, vocal music, electronic and solo works

  • Erdenklavier-Himmelklavier, for solo piano (2003)
  • Two poems to Polly, solo cello (1998)
  • Der Blick, tape (1997)
  • Psy, tape (1996), first version for harp, alto flute/piccolo and viola; second for harp, alto flute/piccolo and violoncello
  • Psalm 151, for percussion (1993)
  • Thunder, solo timpani (1993)
  • Korrespondenz, for string quartet (1992)
  • Drei Madrigalkomödien, for 12 voices:
  • "Insetti galanti" (1970–90)
  • "Hochzeitsmadrigal" (1963–76)
  • "Moro Lasso" (1963–72)
  • Elektrochronik, tape (1974)
  • Cricketmusic, tape (1970)
  • Mese (Märchen /Tale/Conte), tape (1968)

As conductor


  1. ^ "Peter Eötvös". Retrieved 18 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra - Biography". Retrieved 18 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Biography". Retrieved 18 March 2010. 
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External links

  • Official Peter Eötvös website
  • Lyon National Opera where Three Sisters premiered in 1998, and where Lady Sarshina premiered in March 2008]
  • Ricordi Berlin (publisher) biography, work list
  • Editio Musica Budapest (publisher) biography, work list
  • A biography on IRCAM's website (French)
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