The remarkable, young, Hungarian conductor, András Vass, a protégé of Ivan Fischer, has recently emerged on the international scene.
Born in Romania, he completed intensive musical studies in piano, percussion, composition and conducting. Graduating from the High School of the Arts in Tirgu-Mures as “Student of the Year,” he entered the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest with the highest entry score, where he studied composition with Ervin Lukács, András Ligeti and Tamás Gá. He earned his Master of Music degree in conducting with honors and won the Donáth Ede Memorial Prize. András Vass made his professional conducting debut with the North Hungarian Orchestra in 2001 on its Town Hall Evening Series after which he appeared in concert cycles with the Tirgu-Mures Philharmonic as a pianist and celesta player and as conductor for Mozart Piano concertos with Dana Borsan and an evening of Verdi's arias with Eszter Sümegi. He has worked with several important Hungarian orchestras including the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music Symphony, the MAV Symphony Orchestra, the Solti Chamber Orchestra of Budapest, the Savaria Symphony Orchestra and the Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra among them. He has worked with renowned Hungarian artists such as pianist Gabor Csalog, violinist Barnabas Kelemen, cellist Laszlo Fenyo and violinist György Lakatos as well as the Romanian violinist, Bálint Székely and the French organist Olivier Latry. During the 2005-06 season came his lucky break; he was selected from more than 50 aspirants from 17 countries to become assistant conductor to Maestro Ivan Fischer with the Budapest Festival Orchestra. In summer 2006 the Hungarian edition of Gramophone Magazine carried a feature on this most promising conductor. Since then he has continued to work regularly with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and to be invited as a guest conductor with the Tirgu-Mures Philharmonic Orchestra as well as other orchestras in Hungary and Romania. In 2009 he was named Permanent Conductor of the Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to his native Hungarian Maestro Vass speaks Romanian, English and Italian.