Máté Hámori is a prominent member of the generation of young Hungarian conductors. After his studies of composing and piano artist he graduated as a conductor on the Academy of Music Budapest in 2006. In 2003, he established the Teatro di Musica chamber orchestra that performed several concerts in the following years and started several season ticket series. From 2005 on, he conducted the majority of national symphonic orchestras, he is a recurring guest of Philharmonic Orchestra of Győr and the Miskolc Symphonic Orchestra. As of 2012, he has been the permanent conductor of the Szolnok Symphonic Orchestra, and since 2009 he has been helping the work of the Kodály Zoltán World Youth Orchestra as the assistant to Tamás Vásáry. He performed in several European cities in France, Italy, Bohemia and Rumania. His partners were, among others, Andrea Rost, Tamás Vásáry, Lajos Lencsés and András Csáki.
In May 2013 debuted in the Erkel Theater as the conductor of the opera László Hunyadi. Later, in November that year, he conducted the premier of Benjamin Britten’s opera The Rape of Lucretia at the Budapest Opera House. He considers essential to put up music from the 20th century and contemporary compositions, he also contributed to the ordering and presentation of several new compositions, including those of Márton Kerékfy, Árpád Kákonyi, Péter Zombola, Balázs Horváth. In January 2013 he presented compositions of Máté Hollós and Iván Madarász with the Philharmonics of Győr on the Budapest Mini Festival, with huge success.
Among contemporary music, he considers important to musically educate the youth. Since 2006, he conducted several hundreds of school and youth concerts from the Great Hall of the Academy of Music, to community centers of villages of some hundred residents, to the most diverse places. He presented several operas to children in this manner, including compositions of Donizetti, Mozart and Haydn, as many new types of concert formulas are attached to his name. He created rhymed narration to Benjamin Britten’s composition The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, and in a program based on Bartók’s and Ravel’s compositions he mixed the contemporary tale with sand animation.
He is art director of the Danubia Orchestra Óbuda since September 2013. In the season of 2013–2014, he launched several series with the orchestra targeting new audiences. These included the three-part Mozart and Beethoven series hosted by the grand hall of BMC, or the youth concerts in primary schools around Óbuda. His long term plans comprise raising and stabilizing the artistic level of the orchestra, and developing a community that represents significant values and is attractive even for the youth.
In the year of 2017 he received the Order of Merit of the Hungary Republic (civilian) because of his outstanding activity.
In 2018 the Danubia Orchestra Óbuda led by him won the Hungarian Heritage Award.
On the 15th of March 2019 he received the Ferenc Liszt Award for his superior activity as a musical performer.
Domonkos Héja was born in 1974 in Budapest in a family of musicians. He played the piano, the viola and also studied percussion instruments. He graduated as a conductor and a percussionist at Liszt Ferenc University of Music in 1998. In that very year he won the 9th International Conducting Competition of the Hungarian Television, and won two further prizes on the Mitropoulos Conducting Competition in Athens.
In 1993, he founded Danubia Youth Symphonic Orchestra and until 2011 he was its senior conductor and art director. Domonkos Héja regularly conducts the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra, the State Philharmonic Orchestra of Kosice, the Berlin Symphonic Orchestra and further internationally recognized orchestras across Europe and Asia.
He debuted in the Hungarian State Opera House in 2001 with Puccini’s opera the “La Boheme”. Between 2005 and 2011 he filled up the post of first conductor in the Opera House of Chemnitz, Germany. As the most promising member of the generation of young Hungarian conductors, he received Liszt Prize in 2003, a Gundel Prize and the Junior Prima Prize in 2008.
He produced the recording of several successful CDs and DVDs. Along with a wide repertory of symphonies and operas, he also likes to conduct contemporary compositions, to the greatest pleasure of the audience. Between 2011 and 2013, he worked as the senior musical director and senior conductor of the Hungarian State Opera House.