As from August 2008 Béni Csillag is conductor of The Gents.
Béni Csillag (Budapest, 1976) began his music education with violin
lessons at the age of 6. In 1995 he started studying choir and
orchestral conducting and music theory on the Liszt Academy of Music in
Budapest (Hungary). He got his first degree as choral conductor and
music teacher in 2001.
During his study he worked as conductor of the opera class in
productions of L’incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi) and Le Nozze di
Figaro (Mozart). He was assistant to Péter Oberfrank in Puccini’s Il
Trittico in the Szeged National Theater.
Since September 2005 Béni lives The Netherlands and continues his
choral conducting study on the Masters course of the Royal Conservatory
in The Hague (The Netherlands) with Jos van Veldhoven en Jos Vermunt. In
September 2008 he graduated with honor for his Master exam.
Both in 2003 and 2007 Béni Csillag was selected for the Eric Ericson
Masterclass in Haarlem (The Netherlands). Here he followed Masterclasses
with leading choral conductors like Hartmut Haenchen, Uwe Gronostay,
Simon Halsey and Robert Sund. Both times he worked extensively with the
Dutch Chamber Choir and the Dutch Broadcasting Chorus.
In 2004 he was assistant of Tonu Kaljuste in Vigevano (Italy) with
the World Chamber Choir, a small version of the World Youth Choir, which
Béni also had sung in several years. Next to conducting The Gents, he
also is artistic leader of the ‘Leiderdorps Kamerkoor’, ‘Kamerkoor
Animato’ and the ‘Utrechtse Studenten Cantorij’. Béni is also teacher at
the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague.