György Ráth is the Musical Director and Conductor of the Opera de Nice since 2017. He worked regularly at the Budapest Opera House for 15 years and was the 10th chairman-conductor of the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra with which he conducted for the first time Mahler´s Symphonic Poem in two parts. Thought to be lost for many years, he reconstructed the work from the original manuscripts and was awarded the Doctor Liberalium Artium title from the University of Pécs.
Known for his energized and passionate interpretations, Maestro Ráth has led main orchestras and in opera houses around the world. With a broad repertory that embraces classical music from Bach to Bartók, to operas by Mozart to Verdi and from Puccini to Janácek, he has consistently received critical and public acclaim.
Maestro Ráth has been a regular with opera houses such us the Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires, Hamburg State Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Teatro la Fenice, Teatro Reggio di Torino, Teatro dell’ Opera di Roma, Nice Opera Côte d’Azur and the Arena di Verona, among others.
He has led the Berlin Radio Orchestra, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestra RTL Luxembourg, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Brabant Orchestra in Holland, Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, Real Orchestra de Sevilla, Symphonic Orchestra of Santiago de Chile, RAI Orchestra Milano, ORT Orchestra Firenze, Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini in Parma, Lugano Radio Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic, Zagreb Philharmonic, Zagreb Radio Symphony Orchestra, Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, Hungarian Radio Orchestra, Hungarian State Orchestra, Budapest Philharmonic Society Orchestra, Liszt Ferenc Chamber Orchestra, Sofia Philharmonic, Auckland Philharmonic, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, RAI Orchestra, La Verdi Orchestra, Orchestra Arena di Verona, Palermo Symphony Orchestra, Nice Philharmonic, Cannes Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, among others.
Maestro Rath has collaborated with artists such as Gidon Kremer, Viktoria Mullova, Uto Ughi, Girgorij Sokolov, Kocsis Zoltán, Mario Brunello, and with renowned singers such as Marcelo Alvarez, Renato Bruson, José Cura, Daniela Dessì, Norma Fantini, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Franco Farina, Maria Guleghina, Sumi Jo, Éva Marton, Cristina Gallardo Domâs, Leo Nucci, Giacomo Prestia, Samuel Ramey, Vadim Repin and Sylvia Sass.
György Ráth started his career in 1986 by winning the Toscanini competition in Parma.
He studied with László Somogyi and Ervin Lukács, as well as from Franco Ferrara in Italy, Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa in the United States, Kurt Masur in Germany and Karl Österreicher in Austria. He wrote a book on conducting, which includes his personal experience and what he had learned from his Hungarian teachers.
György G. Ráth regularly teaches young musicians.