Gregory Vajda, Music Director & Conductor
Born in Budapest, the son of renowned soprano Veronika Kincses, Gregory studied clarinet and conducting at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music. Hailed as a “young titan” by the Montreal Gazette after conducting the Montreal Symphony, Gregory completed his tenure as Assistant Conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in 2005. He then took over as Resident Conductor of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2005-06 season, a position he still holds. In 2009, he was appointed Artistic and Music Director of Music in the Mountains, Nevada City, California - only the second conductor to hold that position in the festival’s 28-year history.
“This season is about voices,” said Gregory. “Every instrument in a symphony has its own unique voice, and this season we will showcase some of those beautiful voices through solos and guest artist performances. But for some of our performances, we’ll add the human voice, one of the most beautiful musical instruments in the universe. The season promises to be varied, entertaining, and vocal — in every way.”
Gregory’s mother, a European opera sensation, is one of those voices. But that’s only one of the wonderful treats planned for this spectacular season.
For more information, please visit Gregory's website.