Martin Majkut Music Director

Our Music Director

Photo courtesy of Christopher Briscoe

Photo courtesy of Christopher Briscoe

Martin Majkut, Conductor

Named a 2016 Emerging Artist by the League of American Orchestras, Martin Majkut has served as Music Director of the Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra (RVSO) in Ashland, Oregon since 2010. Majkut was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia). He graduated from the State Conservatory in orchestral conducting and piano performance and served as Assistant Conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic while earning his Ph.D. in conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts. Majkut’s relationship with the Slovak Philharmonic opened doors for him to additional Slovak orchestras – the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Slovak State Philharmonic and the Slovak Sinfonietta, among others.

Under the leadership of Dr. Majkut, the RVSO has experienced a remarkable renewal. Majkut has attracted new talent to leadership positions and grew the ensemble. The orchestra is enjoying an unprecedented level of support and enthusiasm in the community. Its educational offerings have significantly expanded and currently include four different programs. The RVSO budget has remained balanced while growing 78 per cent between 2010 and 2015.

Majkut’s ability to inspire the orchestra and deliver exciting, polished and powerful performances results in enthused audiences and many sold out concerts. Majkut has been called “amazing, supremely gifted” and “an incomparable, unique & perhaps irreplaceable asset” by the press.

Majkut came to the University of Arizona as a Fulbright scholar in 2003. He earned a D.M.A., his second doctorate, in 2008, along with the Distinguished Graduate Student Award. While in Tucson, he served as the Resident Conductor of the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra and the Arizona Opera Studio Artist in Conducting. Dr. Majkut studied with Gianluigi Gelmetti at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy and Salvador Mas Conde at the Wiener Meisterkurse in Vienna, Austria.

Recent guest-conducting engagements include “Into the Woods” at both the Wallis Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills, CA and at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, and a return to the Slovak Sinfonietta. Majkut is looking forward to his debut with the Queens Symphony Orchestra in Queens, NY in July 2016. He will lead the inaugural concert of the Slovak National Youth Orchestra (SNYO) in August 2016. Next season, Majkut will return to the Academy of Performing Arts Symphony Orchestra in Slovakia and Brava! Opera Theater in Oregon.

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