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Hungarian born Huba Hollókői, winner of the 2nd Citta'di Brescia Giancarlo Facchinetti Conducting Competition in 2019, began his musical studies as a violinist. Playing since the age of four, he has received several prizes from notable national and international solo and chamber music competitions.
As a conductor, Hollókői has already worked with most leading Dutch orchestras, including Netherland Philharmonic Orchestra, Residentie Orkest, Noord Netherland Orchestra, Holland Ballet Orchestra, and was assistant conductor of Semyon Bychkov with the Concertgebouw Orchestra. Between 2015-17 he was assistant conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, where he worked closely with Markus Stenz, Bernard Haitink, Edo de Waart, John Adams, Vladimir Jurowski, among others.
In 2017-18 he had his debut concert in Het Concertgebouw with Philharmonie Südwestfalen. As a devoted advocate of new music, he conducted several premiers on the ”Iubiți Muzica Româneasca!” Festival in Oradea, and with the UMZE Ensemble in Budapest. He led two opera productions in Finland; Bizet's Carmen and Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro.
Further engagements include returning to Philharmonie Südwestfalen, debut concert with Hungarian Symphony Orchestra Miskolc, Carmina Burana with Joensuu City Orchestra, and a new production of Beethoven's Fidelio with the Oulu Symphony Orchestra.
Recently, he worked with Slovak Sinfonietta, MAV Symphony Orchestra and the Danubia Symphony Orchestra (Hungary), Sonderjollands Symfoniorkester (Denmark), Sinfonia Lahti, Kuopio Symphony Orchestra (Finland), Filharmonica Banatul Timisoara and Arad Filharmonia (Romania), and with Orkest van het Osten in Enschede. As an opera conductor, he received excellent reviews with Mozart’s Zauberflöte, Verdi's Rigoletto in Finland, with Don Giovanni and Anne en Zef (by Monique Krüs) in the Netherlands. He led the ballet productions by The Dutch Don't Dance Division in The Hague for two seasons.
Hollókői received his diploma in orchestra and opera conducting at the Sibelius Academy in 2012, under Prof. Leif Segerstam and Jorma Panula, and holds a master degree of the National Master Orchestral Conducting Program in Holland, which he completed under the guidance of Jac van Steen, Kenneth Montgomery, and Ed Spanjaard. He participated on masterclasses by Kurt Masur, Johannes Schläefli, Zoltán Peskó, Atso Almila, and Yuri Simonov.
During his studies, he regularly assisted the Dutch National Youth Orchestra (NJO), and worked with acclaimed international conductors and soloists, such as Stefan Asbury, Xian Zhang, Clark Rundell, and Rosanne Philippens (violin). He also worked with Kenneth Montgomery at the Irish National Orchestra and The Belfast Philharmonic, and with Ed Spanjaard in Maastricht and Graz.
As a soloist, Hollókői has performed throughout Hungary, England, Germany, Italy, Finland, Austria, Netherland and Japan. In 2010 he had the honor 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.
Huba Hollókői was one of the three finalists of the 53rd Besancon International Conducting Competition in 2013. In 2014, he received the Conducting Scholarship of the Anton Kersjes Fund.
He is the main organizer of MasterclassBudapest conducting masterclasses, where he also teaches as assistant to Jorma Panula.
[Photo: Zsófi Raffay]