ENO is pleased to announce young conductor Gergely Madaras as the inaugural recipient of the ENO Charles Mackerras Fellowship. This award to an exceptional emerging conducting talent is an initiative of ENO, in association with the Philip Loubser Foundation, and celebrates the great legacy of Sir Charles Mackerras.
Fast gaining an international reputation as one of the most exciting young European conductors of his generation, Gergely Madaras is currently completing his tenure as the Leverhulme Junior Fellow in conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music. He is resident conductor of the Grazioso Chamber Orchestra of the Hungarian National Philharmonic, and serves as assistant conductor to Pierre Boulez and the Lucerne Festival Academy, as well as to Sir Mark Elder and the Aldeburgh World Orchestra. Madaras has been a conducting fellow at Tanglewood, Aspen and Lucerne. He worked alongside and studied with conductors such as James Levine, Pierre Boulez, Herbert Blomstedt, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Mark Elder and David Zinman. His guest conducting engagements led him to work with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Wroclaw Philharmonic and Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne among others.
As the first ENO Charles Mackerras Fellow, Madaras has the unique opportunity to learn, work and develop through a structured two year programme, receiving mentoring from ENO’s Music Director Edward Gardner with the opportunity to assist him in his ENO work, prestigious guest conducting and recording engagements.
Madaras said, ‘I am delighted to have this opportunity to be part of the world-class team at ENO, under the guidance of Edward Gardner, a key figure in the international opera scene. To be granted this unique chance to assist a conductor leading his company is a great privilege and I look forward to benefiting from his guidance during my time at ENO.’
ENO worked with colleagues including other leading Music Directors and conservatoires to create a long list of potential candidates for the Fellowship. A selection panel then led an interview and audition process, involving singers and the ENO Orchestra. On the panel were Ed Gardner, ENO Music Director (chair), Martin Fitzpatrick, ENO Head of Music, Paul Hughes, General Manager BBC Symphony Orchestra, Valerie Masterson, singer and Gonzalo Acosta, ENO Associate Leader.
ENO Music Director Edward Gardner said, ‘When we met Gergely and saw him conduct the orchestra and the singers, it was clear to the whole panel and orchestra that we had found a real talent. His dynamic, assured style, and empathy for the musicians he works with is a pleasure to watch and I and everyone at ENO look forward to his development with us.’