The Hungarian musician Peter Eötvös combines three careers in one. In high demand as a guest conductor with major orchestras and opera companies, he has also held several permanent conducting posts over the years – with such ensembles as the Radio Chamber Orchestra and the Ensemble InterContemporain. He is also regarded as a successful composer of opera, chamber music, solo concertos and many other works, written for leading musicians from all over the world.
Among his most recent compositions are the opera Senza sangue (a work commissioned by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the Kölner Philharmonie), the percussion concerto Speaking Drums, the works for ensemble Dodici and da capo, and the oratorio Halleluja (premiered at the Salzburg Festival in 2016). He is also a respected teacher, having established the International Eötvös Institute in 1991 and the Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation in 2004 to train young composers and conductors, and gives regular masterclasses and lectures.
Eötvös first conducted the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1997 and has returned several times since, leading it in a number of works commissioned by the RCO, including his own CAP-KO and compositions by Peter-Jan Wagemans and Tristan Murail. In October 2017, he will be leading the orchestra and organists Iveta Apkalna and László Fassang in the premiere of his Multiversum, a new work co-commissioned by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.