Biography

Zoltán Pad (1980) studied with Péter Erdei in Budapest and with Michael Gläser in Munich. He worked as choir leader at the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, then he became chief conductor of Kodály Choir Debrecen (2009-2014).
Since 2014 he is chief conductor of the Hungarian Radio Choir.

In March 2018 Zoltán worked with the SWR Vokalensemble in Stuttgart.

In July 2017 he conducted twelve concerts with the World Youth Choir, in June he was invited to the Polish Radio Choir as a guest conducter.

July 2016 he was chorus master of a new oratorio „Halleluja” composed by Péter Eötvös at the Salzburg Festival. It was performed by the Hungarian Radio Choir and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Harding. Additional concerts in November in Vienna and in Budapest, conducted by Péter Eötvös.

He conducted several contemporary a cappella pieces as first performance with the Radio Choir – most of them were also recorded for the Hungarian Radio.

As choir master he has been working with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker, Daniel Harding, Péter Eötvös and the Vienna Philharmonic, Helmuth Rilling, Pier Giorgio Morandi, Ennio Morricone, Zoltán Kocsis, Tamás Vásáry, Iván Fischer, Ádám Fischer, György Vashegyi, Martin Haselböck, Florian Helgath, Howard Arman.

Zoltán Pad has been invited to orchestras to conduct oratoric works. He worked with the Hungarian Radio Orchestra, Kodály Philharmonic Orchestra, Győr Philharmonic Orchestra, Oradea Philharmonic Orchestra and Alba Regia Symphony Orchestra.

Between 2009 and 2014, he worked as chief conductor of the Kodály Choir Debrecen, which is one of the few professional choirs in Hungary. During the years Zoltán conducted 130 concert with the choir in Hungary and in Europe, and he prepared 130 more concerts.

Among many other pieces he conducted Concerto for Choir  by Alfred Schnittke, Vigilia by Rautavaara, The Sealed Angel  by Rodion Shchedrin and the oratorio The Company of Heaven by Benjamin Britten as Hungarian first performance.
Under his direction, the Kodály Choir was awarded Prima Award.

He was the choir master of the joint chorus of the Kodály Choir Debrecen and the Choir of the Hungarian State Opera in Verdi’s Aida production in Doha in 2012, which was the first opera performance in the history of Qatar.

He finished his doctoral studies in 2011 with summa cum laude, the title of his DLA thesis is: The 'Passion' of Dietrich Buxtehude.

In 2007, he won the Audience Award and a Special Prize at the 4th International Competition for Young Conductors (organised by Europa Cantat).

Zoltán Pad has been teaching choir conducting at the Liszt Academy’s Kodály Institute since 2005.

Zoltán Pad is regularly invited guest at music workshops and conducting master courses worldwide, he is regularly working with youth choirs. He is a returning jury member at international choir and conductor competitions.

Between 2009 and 2014 he was member of the Artistic Board of Béla Bartók International Choir Competition – in 2013/14 artistic director of the contest.

In March 2018 he was awarded Ferenc Liszt Prize.