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Peter Eötvös

The native form of this personal name is Eötvös Péter. This article uses the Western name order.

Péter Eötvös (pronounced [ˈpeːtɛr ˈøtvøʃ]; Hungarian: Eötvös Péter) (born January 2, 1944) is a Hungarian composer and conductor.

Eötvös was born in Odorheiu Secuiesc/Székelyudvarhely, Szeklerland, Transylvania (then part of Hungary, now in Romania). He studied composition in Budapest and Cologne. From 1962, he composed for film in Hungary. Eötvös played regularly with the Stockhausen Ensemble between 1968 and 1976. From 1979 to 1991, he was Musical Director and conductor of the Ensemble InterContemporain (EIC). From 1985 to 1988, he was principal guest conductor with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He is principal guest conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra since 2003.[1] The recording of Berio’s Sinfonia with Peter Eötvös and London Voices (DG) received the BBC Music Magazine’s Award for “Technical excellence in recording” in 2006.[2]

Eötvös's music shows the influence of a variety of composers. As director of the Ensemble InterContemporain, he was exposed to many exotic and respected samples of concert music, as is evidenced in the variety of timbres and sound-worlds within his music. Extended techniques such as over-pressure bowings coexist with lyrical folk songs, and synthesized sounds. Eötvös also is technologically competent, and provides detailed instructions on how to mix instruments for electronic manipulation or amplification. His first large scale compositions were for film. This often reflects on his later pieces in moments of atmospheric airiness. Two of his compositions for orchestra and voice, Atlantis and Ima, were inspired by Sándor Weöres' poem Néma zene.[3]


  • Angels in America, opera (2002–2004)
  • As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams, opera (1998–99)
  • Atlantis, for Orchestra (1995)
  • Le Balcon, opera (2001/02)
  • Der Blick, tape (1997)
  • DoReMi (Violin Concerto No. 2), violin and orchestra (2012)
  • Drei Madrigalkomödien, for 12 voices:
  • "Insetti galanti" (1970–90)
  • "Hochzeitsmadrigal" (1963–76)
  • "Moro Lasso" (1963–72)
  • CAP-KO, concerto for piano, keyboard and orchestra (2005)
  • Cello Concerto Grosso (2011)
  • Chinese Opera, for orchestra (1986)
  • Cricketmusic, tape (1970)
  • Elektrochronik, tape (1974)
  • Endless Eight I., for ensemble (1981)
  • Endless Eight II. — Apeiron musikon, for ensemble (1988–89)
  • Erdenklavier-Himmelklavier, for solo piano (2003)
  • Harakiri, opera (1973)
  • IMA, for choir and orchestra (2002)
  • Intervalles-Interieurs, ensemble and electronics (1981)
  • Jet Stream, trumpet concerto (2002)
  • Korrespondenz, for string quartet (1992)
  • Lady Sarashina (opera), opera (4 March 2008, Opéra de Lyon)
  • Love and Other Demons, opera (10 August 2008, Glyndebourne Festival)
  • Mese (Märchen /Tale/Conte), tape (1968)
  • Paris–Dakar, for ensemble (2000)
  • Psalm 151, for percussion (1993)
  • Psy, for ensemble (1996)
  • Psychokosmos, zymbalon concerto (1993)
  • Radames, chamber opera (1975/97)
  • Replica, viola concerto (1998) - recorded by Kim Kashkashian on ECM Records
  • Shadows (1996)
  • Snatches of a conversation, for ensemble (2001)
  • Steine, for ensemble (1985–90)
  • Three sisters, opera (1996–97)
  • Thunder, solo timpani (1993)
  • The Tragedy of the Devil (Die Tragödie des Teufels), opera (February 2010, Bavarian State Opera)
  • Triangel, percussionist and ensemble (1993)
  • Two monologues, for baritone and orchestra (1998)
  • Two poems to Polly, solo cello (1998)
  • Windsequenzen, for ensemble (1975/1987)
  • zeroPoints, for orchestra (1999)

As Conductor

  • ECM 1817)
  • ECM 1887)
  • ECM 1789)


External links

  • Official Peter Eötvös website
  • Lyon National Opera where Three Sisters premiered in 1998, and where Lady Sarshina premiered in March 2008]
  • (French) IRCAM's website.

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