Zoltán Pad

Internationally renowned conductor, Zoltán Pad, has been chief conductor of the Hungarian Radio Choir since 2014.

His extensive repertoire ranges from Renaissance music to recently composed works, and he is a devoted interpreter of Hungarian contemporary music, and the works of Bartók, Kodály and Ligeti. Between 2009 and 2014, he was a member of the Artistic Board of the Béla Bartók International Choir Competition, and held the position of artistic director of the contest in 2013/14. In December 2012, under his direction, the Kodály Choir was awarded the Prima Award of Hungary. In March 2018, he was awarded the Liszt Prize and in 2022 Lajtha-prize in honour of his work. He is also a committed pedagogue and leads workshops and conducting courses all around the world.

In recent years, Pad has received the opportunity to conduct outstanding ensembles including the SWR Vokalensemble in Stuttgart, the MDR Radio Choir in Leipzig, the NDR Vokalensemble in Hamburg, the French Radio Choir, the ChorWerk Ruhr, the Polish Radio Choir, the Arsys Bourgogne Chamber Choir, the Croatian Radio Choir, the Cracow Singers and the World Youth Choir.

In 2023, he will make his debut with the Netherlands Radio Choir, perform a Reger-Brahms programme with ChorWerk Ruhr, and be the guest of SWR Vokalensemble.

Zoltán Pad conducted Chamber Choir Ireland in a concert celebrating the rich Hungarian choral tradition entitled ‘Hungarian Rhapsody‘, as part of the Hugh Lane Gallery’s ‘Sundays @ Noon’ concert series in October 2022.