Fürst, János

János Fürst (August 8, 1935 – January 3, 2007) was a Hungarian-born conductor and violinist. János Fürst originally studied the violin at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in his native Budapest. After the 1956 Soviet invasion of Hungary, he continued studies at the conservatory in Brussels. He attended the Conservatoire de Paris and there won a Premier Prix. He took a job in 1958 with the Radio Éireann Symphony Orchestra, and developed his career as an orchestra leader. In 1963, Fürst founded the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and developed his conducting career from that point. On the formation of the Ulster Orchestra in 1966, Fürst became its concertmaster, and later its assistant conductor in 1971.[2] He held positions as Chief Conductor and Music Director with orchestras in Malmö (1974–1977), Aalborg (1980–1983), Dublin, Winterthur (1990–1994) and was Chief Guest Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Fürst was music director of the Opéra de Marseille from 1981 to 1990.[1] He was also a frequent guest at English National Opera, Scottish Opera and the Royal Stockholm Opera. In 1978 he conducted the premiere of Salome by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.

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János Fürst (August 8, 1935 – January 3, 2007) was a Hungarian-born conductor and violinist. János Fürst originally studied the violin at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in his native Budapest. After the 1956 Soviet invasion of Hungary, he continued studies at the conservatory in Brussels. He attended the Conservatoire de Paris and there won a Premier Prix. He took a job in 1958 with the Radio Éireann Symphony Orchestra, and developed his career as an orchestra leader. In 1963, Fürst founded the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and developed his conducting career from that point. On the formation of the Ulster Orchestra in 1966, Fürst became its concertmaster, and later its assistant conductor in 1971.[2] He held positions as Chief Conductor and Music Director with orchestras in Malmö (1974–1977), Aalborg (1980–1983), Dublin, Winterthur (1990–1994) and was Chief Guest Conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Fürst was music director of the Opéra de Marseille from 1981 to 1990.[1] He was also a frequent guest at English National Opera, Scottish Opera and the Royal Stockholm Opera. In 1978 he conducted the premiere of Salome by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.

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