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Acclaim

"The production effortlessly combines the traditional and contemporary, comedy and poignancy, and behind the slapstick of the movements, the quality of the delivery of the orchestral and choral scores, conducted by Gergely Vajda, bring to life the emotion of the characters and a depth of meaning.”

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Sarah Bradbury, The Upcoming

"Gregory Vajda drew a rich, fleet sound from the Szeged Symphony Orchestra... This was a highly impressive performance from all parties"

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Dominic Lowe, Bachtrack
Review: Impassioned Paremski delivers a fierce Prokofiev performance at Symphony Silicon Valley

"Vajda's performance of Janacek's resplendent 'Sinfonietta' left little doubt of his ability to move an audience. His execution of the 'Andante con moto' through fanfares and brilliant textural passages rendered heartfelt expressivity and a ripened, sustained sweetness with a touch of elegance."

Elijah Ho, San Jose Mercury News

"While certainly not a traditional concerto for clarinets (as those instruments were used as part of the larger wind team as much as they were featured soloists), the piece’s overall effect was a scintillating, almost irradiated texture, especially when the entire percussion section was in full swing."

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Alexandra Ivanoff, bachtrack
Doctor Faust - Hungarian State Opera

"Having observed Vajda's career for almost two decades we can establish the fact that whatever he undertakes, he delivers it on an evenly high level."

Café Momus
Omaha Symphony offers a night of stirring change, thrilling performance

"Charismatic guest conductor Gregory Vajda didn’t just subtly coax an imaginative performance out of the orchestra; he commanded a highly fluid one, one filled with heady imagination, subtle touches and substantial energy."

Kim Carpenter, Omaha World-Herald
The Tenor - Hungarian State Opera

"Luckily there are qualities of this production that cannot be questioned, and they come from the conductor and the orchestra. The orchestra of the Hungarian State Opera was in a great shape. We sure would like to have both the quality of sound and the high level ensemble playing for future premieres this season. This quality, no doubt is mostly coming from the preparatory work of Gregory Vajda. We must emphasize that Vajda has been showing the virtues of a born opera conductor. His connection with the singers and stage action is exemplary. Under his baton the orchestra not only plays beautifully, but provides dramatic musical action in every moment. Gregory Vajda drew attention with his great conducting of three different opera productions at other venues last season. It has been a pleasure to see him getting his own production at the Hungarian State Opera. Based on the end result, we can only hope that this won't be the last time."

Gabor Boka, Operavilag.net

"With the orchestra, guest conductor Gregory Vajda and piano soloist Lilya Zilberstein delivered dazzling performances in repertoire by (and inspired by) Bach, Beethoven, Stravinsky and Shostakovich."

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Jennifer Hambrick, Columbus Dispatch
Kamio wows Symphony Silicon Valley audience
"Vividly conducted by Gregory Vajda, the orchestra sounded great: big and lusty, full of dusky colors in the strings, and right in step with Kamio -- and ready to listen, as she played the first movement's cadenza."
Richard Scheinin, San Jose Mercury News
No Tickets for Bayreuth? Budapest Has a Wagner Festival, Too
"This year Mr. Fischer shares responsibilities with Gergely Vajda, who presides over a smoothly running performance. One will not soon forget the stunning close of Act 2, as Lohengrin and Elsa enter the minster for their wedding and the sound of the full orchestra, bolstered by the Palace of Arts pipe organ, reverberated through the hall."
George Loomis, New York Times
Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra concert gives patrons their money's worth, and more
"Young, dynamic Gregory Vajda (b. 1973 in Budapest) was guest conductor. He directed with a steady baton, deploying graceful hand motions to elicit needed tempo and volume variation.

"Maestro Vajda contributed deep interpretive insight with Kodaly’s Dances of Galanta. Under his baton the five sections, played without break, glowed with fresh intensity and beauty. Cellos excelled, as did oboe and clarinet. Various harmonies echoed those of the Mideast and Eastern Europe, making for engaging tonalities. Vajda and the orchestra made us want to hear more — much more — Kodaly."
C.J. Gianakaris, Kalamazoo Gazette
Vancouver Symphony concert featured stellar performances by violinist Kwak and conductor/composer Vajda
"Sarah Kwak, the new concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony and Gregory Vajda, the former resident conductor of the Oregon Symphony, made outstanding debuts with the Vancouver Symphony on Saturday."
James Bash, Oregon Music News
"Vajda's Hungarian roots made his interpretation of Béla Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra notable, and it was clear these musicians experience a high comfort level under his leadership.

"It is difficult to decide which of these masterworks fared better in Vajda's steady hands. Brahms' Second may be the slightest of his four symphonies, but it's still plenty hefty. The conductor is not yet 40, but he showed a mature understanding of this composer and a true affection for his genius.... Ultimately the Bartók, which opened the program at a monumental level, was the pièce de résistance, however, and probably the favorite of more listeners. Vajda made it sound less austere and more warm and accessible than many versions." Read More...
Colin Seymour, San Jose Mercury News
Guest conductor lends expert touch to SSO Mozart program
"Under him, the small orchestra (most of the musicians are playing for Seattle Opera's 'Madama Butterfly' this week and next), performed Mozart's Divertimento in F major and the Violin Concerto No. 2 in D major with a light touch that arrested attention from the first notes. The string players used slight and only occasional vibrato, creating a true harmonic sound, and often less bow, allowing notes to sound as though released by the bow rather than pushed. Using less bow also made fast runs cleaner and lighter, flickering off the string, and Vajda took fast movements truly fast at a good Baroque tempo."
Philippa Kiraly, Seattle Times
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