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Hungarian born Huba Hollókői began his musical studies as a violinist at the age of four. After graduating at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, he continued to study conducting at prestigious class of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. As a conductor, Hollókői has worked with many of the world's leading symphony orchestras and soloists, including the Netherland Philharmonic Orchestra, Residentie Orchestra, Noord Netherland Orchestra, Dutch Ballet Orchestra (The Netherlands), Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Kuopio Symphony Orchestra (Finland), Sønderjyllands Symphony Orchestra (Denmark), OSUG Symphony Orchestra (Mexico). He made his Concertgebouw debut in 2017 with the Philharmonie Südwestfalen (Germany). In the same year he also worked with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra as assistant of Semjon Bychkov. In Hungary, Hollókői works with the MÁV Symphony Orchestra and the Danubia Symphony Orchestra regularly, as well as the Miskolc Symphony Orchestra, Győr Symphony Orchestra and the Budapest Strings. In the 2020-21 season, he will debut at the Kecskemét Symphony Orchestra, Witold Lutoslawski Chamber Philharmonic in Lomza, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Nuove Musiche (Italy).

Hollókői is a sought after opera conductor; several of his productions have received critical acclaim, including Bizet's Carmen, Verdi's Rigoletto, Mozart's Magic Flute, Marriage of Figaro, Cosi's fan Tutte, and Beethoven’s Fidelio (Finland), and Mozart’s Don Giovanni (DNOA). He conducted a number of new music premiers; on the "Iubiți Muzica Româneasca!" festival in Oradea, with the UMZE Ensemble in Budapest, and also prepared the premiere of Monique Krüs's opera, Anne Frank.

From 2015 to 2017, he was the assistant conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, where he worked closely with Markus Stenz, Bernard Haitink, Edo de Waart, John Adams, Vladimir Jurowski, and other internationally renowned conductors. Meanwhile, he has conducted productions at the Dutch Ballet in The Hague for two seasons.

He is the main organizer of MasterclassBudapest masterclasses, where he also teaches conducting and coaches young soloists. Besides making arrangements for various ensembles, he also composes his own music.

As a soloist, Hollókői has performed throughout Hungary, England, Germany, Italy, Finland, Austria, Netherland and Japan. He regularly leads orchestras with his violin, and is founder of Taiga Quartet. In 2010 he had the honour of sharing the podium with Eiji Oue on the "NDR Musiktag - Hannover" (Vivaldi: Seasons). He has been invited to international festivals, including the Young Hungarian Talents in Focus in London, Herbstliche Musiktage in Bad Urach and Helsinki's Musica Nova. He worked as concertmaster with Joensuu City Orchestra and Vaasa City Orchestra for two seasons.

Aside from a degree in symphony and opera conducting from Leif Segerstam and Jorma Panula at the Sibelius Academy, Hollókői received a master's degree from the Dutch National Master Orchestral Conducting program under Jac van Steen, Kenneth Montgomery and Ed Spanjaard. He participated in the master classes of Kurt Masur at the prestigious Verbier Festival, Johannes Schläefli, Zoltán Peskó, Atso Almila and Yuri Simonov.

​Hollókői Huba received several prizes both from notable violin and conducting competitions such as: János Koncz Violin Competition, 2nd Citta'di Brescia Giancarlo Facchinetti International Conducting Competition. He was one of the three finalists of the 53rd Besancon International Conducting Competition in 2013. In 2014, he received a scholarship from the Anton Kersjes Fonds, and in 2019 the scholarship of the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

Portrait by Zsofi Raffay
 

[Photo: Zsófi Raffay]