Laureate of the 2018 International Nino Rota Conducting Competition and semi-finalist in the 2017 Fitelberg Competition, Sándor Károlyi is rapidly building a reputation as a conductor of both orchestral and operatic repertoire. At present he holds the position as Chief conductor of the Monferrato Classic Orchestra. From January 2020 he will have a steady collaboration with them involving major Romantic, post-Romantic Repertoire and a Beethoven Project; marking the beginning of performances and live recordings of all Beethoven symphonies alongside other works of contemporary Italian composers.
Károlyi has worked with the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, the Budapest Symphony Orchestra MAV, the North Czech Philharmonic, the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie, the Collegium Musicum Orchestra, the Orchestra della Magna Grecia and the Orchestre de Dijon Bourgogne amongst others. From 2014 until 2016, he held the position as Music Director of the Akademisches Symphonie Orchester Wien (ASO Wien), an active youth orchestra in the Viennese musical life. All projects are available commercially and recorded professionally for the Orchestra’s own CD label. Highlights of this collaboration include a tour of Italy and performances of Carmina Burana.
As a conductor for opera, Károlyi recently directed La Finta Giardiniera with the Summeracademy of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and works regularly with opera companies and ensembles in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Repertoire includes Die Fledermaus, Le Nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan tutte, Nabucco, Dido and Aenas, Der Opernball, Don Pasquale, Lucia di Lammermoor and La Bohème.
Károlyi received his musical education in Geneva, Florence and Vienna where he studied piano, trombone, cello, conducting, composition and Jazz. From 2009 to 2016 he studied conducting in Vienna at the Conservatory (Prof. Georg Mark) and the University for Music and Applied Arts (Prof. Johannes Wildner) where he obtained his Bachelor and Masters degrees with highest honours. On kind recommendation from Mariss Jansons, Károlyi then advanced his conducting studies with Professor Sophie Rachlin and attended international masterclasses with Paavo Järvi, Daniele Gatti and Piero Bellugi.
During the summer season 2020 Sándor is delighted to be conducting two Rossini Operas; Il Barbiere di Siviglia, where he returns to the post as direttore for Ticino Musica Festival (Lugano) and La Cenerentola for the New Generation Festival 2020.