János Sándor

Biography

Born: Budapest, Hungary  
Hungarian-Canadian conductor János Sándor is a familiar name to consumers of budget-line CDs on the Laserlight and Delta labels, among others; he has also recorded for the flagship label of his home country, Hungaroton. He often favored the Central European light music that has delighted audiences from the Strauss family's time until the present, and thus has conducted performances of marches, dances, and works of national flavor that have been Read more frequently anthologized. Sándor was born in Budapest, where he earned honors as a graduate of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music. While still a student he took third prize at the International Young Conductors Competition in Besançon, France. He paid his dues as a conductor of the regional Györ Philharmonic Orchestra and Opera Pecs in Hungary in the 1960s and early '70s, and in 1975 he became conductor of the Budapest State Opera. Hungarian musicians were somewhat freer than those from other East Bloc countries, but the degree to which Sándor was able to travel and make music in the West was somewhat unusual and perhaps resulted from his specialty in working with young musicians. In Hungary he was a co-founder of the youth orchestra Jeunesses Musicales and conductor of an international music camp organized around the orchestra in Pecs. That led to guest conducting engagements at international youth orchestra festivals in Switzerland, Scotland, and, as early as 1974, Canada, where he was featured at the first Festival of Canadian Youth Orchestras in Alberta. By the late '80s Sándor was comfortably ensconsed at the top levels of Hungarian musical life: his recordings of Bartók with the Budapest Philharmonic on Hungarton, undertaken as part of the label's complete edition of the composer's music, were internationally praised and awarded, and from 1986 to 1989 he served as head of the music department at Budapest's Academy of Drama and Film. In 1991, however, he moved to Canada. He landed guest conducting engagements with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and other ensembles in the western regions of both Canada and the U.S. Soon he was able to exploit his enthusiasm for working with young players: he was made artist-in-residence at British Columbia's University of Victoria and then music director and conductor of its symphony orchestra. Sándor became music director of the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra in 1998 and has conducted youth ensembles in other parts of Canada, as well. In 2000 he directed musicians of all ages in the first performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 8 in E flat major, "Symphony of a Thousand," ever mounted on Vancouver Island. He has maintained musical connections in Hungary and holds the title of Music Director Emeritus of the Györ Philharmonic. Sándor and his violinist wife, Maria, live in Victoria, British Columbia. As of 2009 he continued to serve as conductor of the University of Victoria Orchestra. Read less
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  • 1.
    Dinner Classics
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 9063 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini,  Anton Rubinstein,  Zdenék Fibich,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Deborah Sipkai,  János Bálint,  Dénes Várjon  ... 
    Conductor:  Béla Bánfalvi,  Janos Kovács,  Emil Tabakov,  Pavel Urbanek  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Mozart Ensemble
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    Top 100 Favorite Classical Melodies
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94027 Release Date: 05/04/2010   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Georges Bizet,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Sara Crombach,  Vladislaw Warenberg,  Martijn van den Hoek,  Marc Grauwels  ... 
    Conductor:  Bohdan Warchal,  Enrique Bátiz,  Mark Ermler,  Georgi Robev  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Harp Ensemble,  London Baroque,  Musica ad Rhenum  ... 
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    Great Symphonies - The Highlights / Various
    Label: Delta Records   Catalog: 1198370 Release Date: 12/06/2005  
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Alison Hargan,  Kolos Kováts,  Ute Walther,  Eberhard Büchner
    Conductor:  Herbert Kegel,  János Ferencsik,  Hans Graf,  Sandor Végh  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Hungarian State Orchestra,  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra  ... 
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    Classic Emotions - Ecstasy Vol 2
    Label: Laserlight   Catalog: 14509 Release Date: 01/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Léo Delibes,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Halina Czerny-Stefanska,  Sebastian Weigle
    Conductor:  Norbert Neukamp,  Heinz Fricke,  Adám Fischer,  Vassil Kazandjiev  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Strings,  Vienna Strauss Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Romantic Moments Vol 5 - Mendelssohn
    Label: Laserlight   Catalog: 14055 Release Date: 11/10/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Miklós Perényi,  Zoltán Kocsis,  Emmy Verhey
    Conductor:  János Sándor,  Arpád Joó,  Janos Kovács
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Strings,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Dream Melodies Vol 4 - Romantic Symphonies
    Label: Laserlight   Catalog: 14044 Release Date: 01/31/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Gustav Mahler,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Conductor:  János Sándor,  Pavel Urbanek,  Janos Kovács
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Prague Festival Orchestra,  Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra
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