Eötvös Péter

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Péter Eötvös (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈpeːtɛr ˈøtvøʃ]; 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. 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.

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 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.

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

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

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Thirty Pieces for Five Orchestras / Music for Piano John Cage - Peter Eötvös 1
1991 Earth Dances Sir Harrison Birtwistle; BBC Symphony Orchestra, Péter Eötvös 1
1994 UR / Corrente / Duo Concertante / Joy Magnus Lindberg; Eötvös Péter, Ensemble InterContemporain 1
1999 Three Sisters Peter Eötvös; Lyon Opera Orchestra, Kent Nagano 1
2003 What Next? Elliott Carter, Paul Griffiths; Peter Eötvös 1
2005 Sinfonia / Ekphrasis Berio; Göteborgs Symfoniker, Peter Eötvös 1
2012 Bartók / Eötvös / Ligeti Béla Bartók, Eötvös Péter, György Ligeti; Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, Eötvös Péter 2
Levitation Eötvös, Nielsen, Sallinen; Kojo, Sundqvist, Aalto, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Lintu, Kamu 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Dufourt: Antiphysis / Ferneyhough: Funérailles / Harvey: Mortuos plango, vivos voco / Höller: Arcus Dufourt, Ferneyhough, Harvey, Höller; Ensemble intercontemporain, Pierre Boulez, Peter Eötvös 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 Atlantis Péter Eötvös 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Bartók / Eötvös / Kurtág Béla Bartók, Péter Eötvös, György Kurtág; Kim Kashkashian, Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra, Péter Eötvös 1

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