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Gyula Cseszkó

Born in Adelaide to Hungarian and Dutch parents, Jules obtained a Bachelor degree in Music Performance on the Viola and as a young man made his conducting debut at the Adelaide Town Hall. Conductor Henry Krips commented after observing Jules at this performance, that the "young man showed great promise". Life has been a journey for Jules and his family, since being married 15 years ago to the love of his life, Elonie. After over a decade of preaching, he decided to return to music and pursue his childhood dream of conducting.

He began teaching viola at Prince Alfred College in Adelaide and was Assistant Director for Marie Clarke Singers' production of Romberg's Desert Song. He also formed the Marlene Orchestra which performed two concerts and provided backing tracks for a pop CD.

Jules moved with his family to Melbourne in 2002 to commence a Master's degree in Conducting at Melbourne University, studying under Professor John Hopkins OBE on a Research Training Scholarship, where he conducted the Melbourne University Orchestra on numerous occasions. This was an empowering experience - significant performances included the 2002 Geelong Advertiser's Concerto Competition, an amazing program comprising the Barber Violin Concerto, the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 2 and the Vine Piano Concerto. Other performances included the Melbourne premier performance of Natalie Williams' Chambers of the South, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat, Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite and Schumann’s Piano Concerto.

Jules has also conducted the Ballarat Symphony Orchestra, the Victorian Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Preston Symphony Orchestra, the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra, Apollo Health Music Society, the Diamond Valley & Eltham Community Orchestra and directed the Henri Touzeau Strings at Melbourne Youth Music. He also spent two years from mid-2003 conducting and teaching in America, including the role Director of the Orchestral program at Greater Atlanta Christian School and conductor of the Da Salo Solisti.

The Australian life called he and his family back to Melbourne; now being more appreciative of his home country, he has enjoyed a busy year so far. On 23 July 2006, Jules conducted the Ballarat Symphony Orchestra to critical acclaim for their winter concert with soprano Suzanne Donald and cellists Lachlan Dent and Michael Dahlenberg. He was also engaged as permanent conductor for the Frankston Symphony Orchestra & Peninsular Music Society Choir after stepping in for the last rehearsal to perform Haydn's Oratorio The Creation. He has been busy as a replacement conductor at Canterbury Girls Secondary College Orchestra and for the Monash Chorale, as Tutor for Melbourne University Undergraduate Conducting Class, and he has served as Conductor and Manager of the University's Conductor's Orchestra.

Jules has also studied with conductors Nicholas Braithwaite, Carl Crossin, Shalom Ronly-Riklis, Carlo Felice Cillario, Denis Vaughan and Graham Abbott.

He considers it a joyous privilege to make music with Zelman Symphony.

Gyula Cseszkó has appeared with the Zelman Symphony in the following concerts:

25 August 2007
26 August 2006

The above details were supplied by the individual conductor and were current at the time of their last performance with the Zelman Symphony.

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