Gregory Vajda

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Gregory Vajda (born Vajda Gergely; August 13, 1973)[citation needed] is a Hungarian clarinetist, composer and conductor.

Early life and education[edit]

He was born in Budapest in 1973 to bassoonist József Vajda (born 1947) and operatic soprano Veronika Kincses.[citation needed] After attending the Béla Bartók Secondary School, where he learned to compose and play the clarinet, he studied conducting at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music with Ervin Lukács.[citation needed]



Vajda has been resident conductor of the Oregon Symphony, based in Portland, Oregon, since 2005; the 2012–2013 season marks his last with the orchestra.[1]

In 2008, Vajda was one of eight finalists chosen for the position of music director of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra in Fort Wayne, Indiana.[citation needed]

In 2009, Vajda began serving as artistic and music director of Music in the Mountains, based in California.[1] More recently, Vajda was named music director and conductor of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra in Huntsville, Alabama.[1]


As a composer, recent performances have included a chamber opera, Magic Mountain, presented at the 25th Davos Festival in Switzerland, 2010.[citation needed]


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