Martin Rajna is one of the most outstanding young conductors emerging from Hungary. He was recently appointed chief conductor of the Győr Philharmonic Orchestra, and was also selected for the mentoring programme of the Peter Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation, where he works with masters such as Péter Eötvös, György Kurtág, Magnus Lindberg, Georges Aphergis or Fabián Panisello. He has been a regular guest conductor with leading symphonic orchestras of Hungary and directed critically acclaimed performances with renowned soloists, such as Dezső Ránki, Fülöp Ránki, Kristóf Baráti, Barnabás Kelemen or Andrea Rost.
In the season of 2021-22 he will appear again as guest conductor with Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra and St. Stephen Philharmonic Orchestra, and will also direct the Symphony Orchestra of Miskolc. In early 2022 he will conduct Ferenc Erkel’s opera Bánk Bán at the National Theatre of Győr. His debut as musical director of the Győr Philharmonic Orchestra will be Béla Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle, and will also lead his orchestra at the Richard Strauss marathon, organized by the Budapest Festival Orchestra. He will also perform Bruckner’s 1st symphony, a piece rarely to be heard in Hungary.
In 2018, Rajna won Hungary’s Junior Prima Award, becoming the youngest ever conductor to receive the award. As part of the prize, he was invited by Tamás Vásáry to direct a performance of Beethoven’s cantata Der Glorreiche Augenblick by the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir in early 2019.
Born in 1995, Rajna studied piano and composition at the Bartók Conservatory until 2015 and then gained admission to the Department of Conducting at the Liszt Academy, from which he graduated with a master’s degree in autumn 2020. From 2021 he will study in the conducting class of Nicolás Pasquet and Ekhart Wycik at Hochschule für Musik FRANZ LISZT Weimar. In 2017, he received a National Higher Education Scholarship. He has participated in several conducting courses, including those tutored by Péter Eötvös, György Vashegyi, and Zsolt Hamar.
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