Andras Deak was born in Budapest. He studied piano and composition at the Béla Bartók Vocational Secondary School for Music and then graduated at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest under famous Hungarian and foreign professors including Ervin Lukács, Franco Ferrara, and Péter Eötvös. In 1983 he received his first diploma in choral conducting in 1986 his second diploma in orchestral conducting.
From 1985-91 he was Music Director of the Salgótarján Symphony Orchestra, and he has been the principal Conductor of the Danube Symphony Orchestra since 1991.
In 1995 Mr. Deák was named one of Hungary’s best conductors in the Hungarian Television’s János Ferencsik International Conductor’s Competition. In his native country he regularly performs on radio and television. In 1997 and in 2006 he recorded two CDs with the Danube Symphony Orchestra.
Since 1995 he has been the leading conductor of the “Danube Concert” classical music series in Budapest, which is aimed to help foreign visitors to gain an insight into the rich and historic music culture of Hungary.
Since 2000 he has been one of the leading guest conductors of the “Salute to Vienna” concert series, which is the only North American New Year’s Concert officially endorsed by the City of Vienna.
Over the years he has appeared in many major cities and prestigious concert halls with leading orchestras, such as at the Jack Singers Hall in Calgary with the Calgary Philharmonic, the prestigious Kravis Center in West Palm Beach and the Broward Center in Ft. Lauderdale with the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra, the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, in Baltimore and at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC with the Baltimore Symphony and in Chicago with the famous Chicago Civic Opera Orchestra.
He also conducted the “Salute to Vienna” concerts at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto with the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra and most recently at the Walt Disney Concert Hall with the San Diego Symphony in January 2014. 2008 was marked Maestro Deak’s New York debut at Lincoln Center and his Philadelphia debut at the Kimmel Center for “Salute to Vienna”.
As a result of his successful debut in Chicago with the “Salute to Vienna” concert in 2006, he has been invited back as guest conductor by the Chicago Philharmonic.
In addition to his many appearances in the US and Canada Maestro Deák is regularly guest conducting in Finland, Slovakia, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Israel, Austria, Mexico Bulgaria.
The musician from Turin studied piano and composition at his hometown conservatory while simultaneously deepening his literary and philosophical interests at the University of Turin.
He studied orchestra conducting (Bachelor and Master of Arts) under Professor Georg Mark at the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität and in Milano at the Conservatorio G. Verdi with Maestro Vittorio Parisi.
He has been scholarship holder of the foundation” Associazione per la Musica De Sono”.
Directly after his education he became assintant conductor of the Houlencourt Soloists Chamber Orchestra, where he worked together with artists like Guy Braunstein, Boris and Evelyn Berezovsky and Richard Galliano.
In the seasons 2013-15 he served as assistant condcutor of Walter Kobera for the Neue Oper Wien (Vienna) and in the season 2015-16 he was assistant condcutor of Philippe Jordan at the Vienna Symphony Orchestra for several projects.
2017 he was appointed music director of the Wiener Hofburg Orchester and Wiener Residenzorchester.
Recent engagements include his debut appearances with the Orchestra of the Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli, Orchestra Filarmonica Toscanini, Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino, Festival Pergolesi Spontini, Teatro GB. Pergolesi di Jesi, Orchestra da Camera Polledro, Savaria Symphony Orchestra (Hungary), Szolnok Symphony Orchestra (Hungary) and Orchestra Filarmonica de Stat Arad (Romania).
Since the summer 2018 he is faculty member in the opera and conducting departments of the Vienna Summer Music Festival, where he conducted „La Boheme“ and where in 2019 he will lead the productions of „Gianni Schicchi“ and „Suor Angelica“.
Active as mentor for young conductors and coach for singers, 2019 he will be guest conductor in the Opera Studio of the Conservatorio di Milano for the production of „Don Giovanni“.
In the Season 2019/20 he will debut in the Theater Basel (Switzerland) with „La Boheme“.
Giuseppe Montesano won several prizes in national and international festivals and competitions both in choral and in orchestra conducting (Among them: 1st prize at the International Competition for Orchestra Conductors in Graz 2011, 1st prize at the International Competion for Opera Conductors in Costanta 2016, „Premio dell´istituzione concertistica Magna Grecia“ 2017)
He conducted several concerts, operas and operettas in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Irland, Italy, Romania, Russia, Hungary and USA.