Ajtony Csaba, is music director to the UVic Symphony Orchestra in the Canadian Victoria, and conductor of the Central-European chamber Orchestra (mikamo) in Vienna. In the season 2016/17 he worked with the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra (hr-sinfonieorchester), the Hungarian Radio Orchestra, the Transparent Sound Festival in Budapest and members of the Ensemble Intercontemporain Paris. Past years have seen him conducting most major Hungarian orchestras, Radio-Symphonieorchester Vienna, Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra as well as reoccurring engagements at the Darmstadt New Music Festival, SiMN (Curitiba - BR) and Wien Modern. He is co-founder of the SALT Festival. Csaba started off by winning prizes as composer in Hungary, Austria and later Germany. After the success of his music theatre gentle birth he has been resident composer and conductor at the Festspielhaus Dresden (EZKH) and assistant conductor to the Hungarian National Filharmonic Orchestra. His opera debut was with 25 conducting the Hungarian première of Shostakovhich’s Cheryomoushky. He graduated from the University of Music Vienna with distinction and worked as Kapellmeister at the Studiobühne, where he was lead conductor on the productions Vivaldi Gloria ed Imeneo, Maxwell-Davis Miss Donnithorne, Purcell Dido és Aeneas, Schönberg Erwartung and Bartók Bluebeard’s Castle. Between 2010 and 2016 he worked with Maurizio Arena in Teatro Mancinelli (Orvieto, Italy) on historic interpretation from Puccini and Verdi. As conductor of the multimedia concert cycles Hermes and recycled in 2008-2010, he directed mikamo in the prime concert halls of Bratislava, Prague, Cracow, Bucharest, Budapest, the Konzerthaus and Austrian Broadcast in Vienna as well as concert tours in China. In performance, composition and research he is exploring the change in connection of gestures and music through time and geographical space. His research on conducting gestures has been featured at conferences of the Oxford Conducting Institute and ISGS’7 Conference at Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris.
Ajtony Csaba is a conductor, composer and performer, developing a project/set of performances using the conducting gestures as source material, aiming for a gestural syntax that interlinks the visual and auditory channels.