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Mihály Kaszás was born in Budapest in 1982. Studying at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München from 2001 to 2009, he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the timpani and percussion department (under teachers Peter Sadlo és Raymond Curfs), and continued on there from 2008 through 2012 for his bachelor's studies in conducting (under teacher Bruno Weil). He has taken part in several master classes, including with Yuri Simonov, Péter Eötvös and László Tihanyi, and has also studied with Gergely Vajda. After a scholarship with the Bayerische Staatsoper lasting from 2005 to 2007, he appeared with the Münchner Symphoniker, the Bad Reichenhaller Philharmonie and the Georgisches Kammerorchester Ingolstadt between 2008 and 2012, and also worked with Munich's Ensemble Octopus, the Garchinger Symphonieorchester and Sinfonietta Baden (Austria), among other ensembles. Since 2008, he has participated as assistant conductor in several productions and with several ensembles, including at the invitation of Ensemble Octopus, the Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland (Così fan tutte, Weikersheim), the Münchner Symphoniker and the Nationaltheater Mannheim. In 2016, Dan Ettinger invited him to serve as assistant conductor at the Bayerische Staatsoper's production of Turandot. His first recording was made in 2013, in which he conducted the works of Cornelius Hirsch in Munich. He has played percussion in a number of orchestras, including the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischer Rundfunks, the Mahler Kammerorchester, the Bamberger Symphoniker, the Münchner Philharmoniker and the Gustav Mahler Jugendsorchester. He made his debut at the Hungarian State Opera House in the summer of 2013, conducting its performances of The Taming of the Shrew.
Mihály Kaszás