Károlyi SándorSándor Károlyi was born 1989 in Munich from a Hungarian father and a Swiss mother. He grew up in Munich, Geneva and Vienna. Currently, he works as regular guest conductor at the Budapest MÁV Symphony Orchestra, the Alba Regia Symphony Orchestra in Hungary and the Orchestra Collegium Musicum in Pommersfelden, Germany. He is also the assistant of Gábor Takács-Nagy at the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, the Manchester Camerata, the Budapest Festival Orchestra and the Orchestre de Dijon-Bourgogne in France. In 2008 he studied conducting in Florence with Piero Bellugi. From 2009 to 2016 he studied conducting in Vienna, where he obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree with honours at both the Conservatory (Prof. Georg Mark) and the University for Music and Applied Arts (Prof. Johannes Wildner). On recommendation by Mariss Jansons he also takes conducting lessons from Sophie Rachlin.
From 2014 until 2016, Károlyi held the position as Music Director of the Akademisches Symphonie Orchester Wien (ASO Wien), a youth orchestra active in the viennese musical life. He also conducted the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orquesta de Cordoba, the Proarte Orchester, the kons.sinfonie.orchester, the Philharmonic Orchestra Györ, the Schönbrunn Orchestra Vienna and the Wiener Singverein. Furthermore he has conducted the world premiere of a piece by Johannes Berauer with members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in the Musikverein. Future projects also include an assistantship at the Orchestre de Dijon-Bourgogne in February and his comeback to the Collegium Musicum in Pommersfelden, Germany.