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Sándor Gyüdi

Sándor Gyüdi, born in Hungary, started his music education as a violoncello player, later as a singer but decided not to pursue music after graduating from high school. Only after receiving a diploma in mathematics and physics from the Szeged University in 1983 did he finally decide on a musical career.

After receiving his diploma in conducting from the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, in 1988, he was appointed conductor and choir director at the Szeged National Theatre. After his opera debut in the season 1989/90 he conducts a large repertoire (Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi, Wagner, Puccini etc.) not only in Hungary but also abroad. His charismatic personality, distinctive musical ideas and wide symphonic and oratorio repertoire have captivated audiences of his concerts in nineteen European countries and in Mexico, where he has been frequently reinvited.

In 1990 Sándor Gyüdi became associated with the Szeged Symphony Orchestra and was appointed their Director & Principal Conductor in 1999. He has been primarily responsible for enhancing the reputation of the Szeged Symphony Orchestra, who have had wide acclamation on their extensive tours at home and abroad. Recognizing his excellent musical performance, in 2006, he was awarded by the prestigious Liszt Prize. In 2008 he was appointed General Director of the Szeged National Theatre while remaining Artistic Director & Principal Conductor of the Szeged Symphony Orchestra.
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