The Hungarian composer and conductor Peter Eötvös has for some time been considered one of the most prominent and influential musicians of our time. 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. At the invitation of Pierre Boulez he conducted the first concert of the electronic music institute IRCAM in Paris after which he was artistic director of Ensemble intercontemporain until 1991. Peter Eötvös 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 for which he received numerous composition prizes.
Among his most recent compositions are the opera Senza sangue which was performed on many stages for two seasons from 2014 onwards, the percussion concerto Speaking Drums, the works for ensemble Dodici and Da capo, and the oratorio Halleluja which premiered at the Salzburg Festival in 2016. He is also a driven and 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 multiple 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. His most recent appearance with the orchestra was in 2017 in Amsterdam, Hamburg, Brussels and Budapest in the world premiere of his Multiversum for orchestra, organ and Hammond organ.