Jànos Fürst initially studied the violin at the Liszt Academy in his native Budapest and then later at the Brussels Conservatory where he was awarded the Premier Prix. For the next decade Jànos Fürst worked as first violinist in different orchestras and then in 1963 he founded the Irish Chamber Orchestra. After this, he began dedicating himself solely to conducting.
Jànos Fürst has achieved international fame through his work (both as Chief Conductor and Guest Conductor) with the main European orchestras - Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Bilbao, Lisbon, Prague, Budapest, Varsovie, Helsinki, Stockholm, Copenhagen, London, Dublin, Glasgow -.
He has also collaborated with orchestras in the USA, Canada, Latin America, Australia, New-Zealand, Israel, and Japan.
In the operatic field, Jànos Fürst spent nine years as Music Director of Marseilles Opera and has also been a regular Guest at the English National, Scottish Operas, and most recently at the Royal Stockholm Opera.
Mr Fürst has succeeded in balancing his work in the concert hall with a passion for all forms of musical theatre. He conducted the Premier production of Peter Maxwell Davies’s full length Ballet Salomein Copenhagen which was subsequently recorded for EMI.
Jànos Fürst has also dedicated himself to the development of young musicians.
In Dublin in 1980 he gave his first courses and has since developed a personal method and philosophy regarding the teaching of conducting.
His performance of Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in the final concert of the London Symphony Orchestra’s Bruckner Cycle was greeted with much acclaim.
In 1997 he was made the Professor of conducting at the Paris National Conservatory of Music. A position he occupied for five years. Some of his students have been awarded international prizes and are now working with professional orchestras.
Since 2002, he has continued to share his passion for music and conducting through his masterclasses held in the principal European cities, in Australia and also in South-East Asia.
Jànos Fürst is currently the artistic director of the Szeged Symphony Orchestra in Hungry.
Recent and forthcoming collaborations include the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Helsinki Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, RTL Luxembourg, Netherlands Radio Symphony, the Symphony Orchestra of Finland, the Prague’ Philharmonic Choir and the Gurzenig Orchestra of Colon, the Szeged Symphony Orchestra, with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and for the final of the Rostropovich competition with the Orchestra of Paris etc.
Masterclasses are also scheduled in London, in Canton China with the Youth Orchestra of Asia, in Paris with the Ile De France Orchestra etc.
Soon to be published, Jànos Fürst’ first book, Up Beat, Aspects of Conducting, contains many personal insights into the art of conducting.