The Hungarian conductor Gábor Káli ended the 17/18 season on a high note with winning the prestigious Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award. In summer 2019 he will therefore return to the Salzburg Festival and conduct the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna in concert as well as in a CD production.
The season 18/19 will see Gábor Káli conduct Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein and a tour with the Cologne Chamber Orchestra to Portugal. In November he is with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra in Taipei and Taichung which is followed by a reinvitation to the Old Buda Symphony Orchestra at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest. Gábor Káli will also be touring with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra through their homeland stopping also in small villages in the south. Following Ivan Fischer’s invitation to assist him on a tour with the Budapest Festival Orchestra he will be on the road again in April.
He has been enjoying a close relationship with the Hungarian State Opera in his hometown Budapest since 2015 where he conducted the new production of Don Pasquale in 2016 and the revival of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore in 2017. This December Gábor Káli is returning for a run of the Magic Flute, the opera with which he debuts at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich at the opening of the season.
Gábor Káli, who also is the recipient of the first price and the orchestra price of the 1. Hong Kong International Conducting Competition, worked with the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, the Zlin Philharmonie Festival Orchestra, the Kodály Philharmonie, the Philharmonie Bohuslav Martinů and the Sonarten Ensemble for contemporary music in Barcelona. Last March he was invited as piano soloist and conductor by the Ensemble Kontranste with an all Kurtág programme.
He joined the Staatstheater in Nürnberg as Kapellmeister and Assistant to the Generalmusikdirektor Marcus Bosch before taking the post of First Kapellmeister and Deputy Music Director in 2015. Productions he conducted include Wozzeck, La Bohème, Attila, From the House of the Dead, Ballo in Maschera, Rigoletto, Les pêcheurs de perles, Arabella and Otello.
Before joining the house in Nürnberg he conducted The Barber of Seville in Münster and Orpheus at the Staatstheater Darmstadt as well as being a house conductor at the Theater in Aachen, where he was in charge of the production of Hans Werner Henze’s children’s opera Pollicino with 120 young participants as well as working with the Youth Orchestra Aachen.
Gábor Káli started to study piano and conducting at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest and moved to Berlin from 2004 to 2009 for continue his conducting studies with Prof. Lutz Köhler at the Universität der Künste. He joined the Dirigentenforum of the Deutsche Musikrat where he engaged in masterclasses with Kurt Masur, Colin Metters and Sian Edwards. He also took part in courses with Peter Eötvös, Bernhard Haitink and David Zinman and the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich.