Guest conductors


Conductor and violist Kisun Sung is currently music director of Gangnam Symphony Orchestra and professor in conducting and viola performance at Ewha University of Seoul, Korea. Since his formal conducting debut at age 17, has conducted many ensembles around the world including the National Symphony (Washington, D.C.), New Jersey Symphony, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Carlos Chavez Sinfonica, New Amsterdam Symphony, Philharmonische Staatsorchester Halle, Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, Nova Filarmonia Portguesa and most of the important Korean orchestras including Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Korean Symphony Orchestra. He was invited by Daniel Barenboim to be Apprentice Conductor of the Chicago Symphony where he rehearsed the ensemble and worked extensively with the maestro. He was the youngest participant and second place winner at the Pedro Freitas de Branco conducting competition in Lisbon, Portugal, with a prize that included an invitation to lead four performances with the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra.An accomplished violist, Mr. Sung has performed extensively as a viola soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra player. He played principal viola under Leonard Bernstein at the Pacific Music Festival in Japan. He earned degrees from the Curtis Institute, the Juilliard School and Seoul National University.From 2000 to 2006, he served as the faculty member of the Juilliard School. As a result of his artistic achievement, the Korean government named him as Young Musician of the Year 2004. In the spring semester of 2016, he has been invited by Cornell University in USA to be guest professor for orchestral conducting.He enjoys meditation and believes that music is one of the strongest God-given tools that can unite people and bring peace to the world.

Sándor Gyüdi was born in Szekszárd, Hungary. He completed his primary and secondary school studies in Pécs. At that time he learnt playing the violoncello and later also singing. After the secondary school he continued his studies at the Faculty of Science of the University of Szeged, where he got his Master’s Degree in 1983.

As a university student he founded the Canticum Chamber Choir, winner of numerous international choir competitions. He had become more and more active in the field of music and he decided on a musical career. After earning his degree in 1988 from the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest, he was appointed conductor and choir director at the Szeged National Theatre. As a conductor, his wide range of repertoire covers the works of the greatest opera composers. Besides Hungary, he was invited to conduct operas in several other countries including France, Spain, the Netherlands and Great-Britain.

From 1990 he has conducted orchestral concerts with great success. He has been the choirmaster of Vaszy Viktor Choir since 1988. From the beginning of the 1990s Sándor Gyüdi conducted the Szeged Symphony Orchestra in many of their opera and orchestral rehearsals. He was appointed their musical director and conductor in 1999, and at the present time he is the principal conductor and artistic director of the orchestra. Since 2008 he has been the General Director of the Szeged National Theatre.

  • Sándor Gyüdi’s musical career has been acknowledged by several awards:
  • Artisjus Award (1986, 2004)
  • Vaszy Viktor Commemorative Medallion (1990)
  • Vaszy Viktor Award (1996)
  • Golden Ring for the Culture of Szeged (2001)
  • Löw Lipót Award (2003)
  • For Szeged Medal (2004)
  • Liszt Ferenc Award (2006)
  • Gregor József Award (2007)
  • Foundation for Szeged Award (2007)