Biography Mihály Menelaos Zeke
Conductor and pianist Mihály Menelaos Zeke was born 1982 in London into a musicians' family and grew up in Budapest and Athens. At the Athens Conservatory he studied piano, violin, horn, music theory and singing, while also having organ lessons with Nicolas Kynaston. Additionally he studied Biology at the Athens University. In 2004 he moved to Germany to study sacred music and piano at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart, going on to complete a master’s degree in choral and orchestral conducting with Prof. Denis Rouger and Prof. Richard Wien. He attended various masterclasses with Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Nicole Corti, Bernard Tetu, Jörg-Peter Weigle, Georg Grün, Peter Dijkstra, Graham Johnson and Kathryn Goodson. In 2006 he received the Kyveli-Horn scholarship for choral conducting and in 2011 the scholarship of the Stuttgart Music University's Friends' Society. His franco-german chamber choir “Candides” won the 1st Prize at the 2014 International Choral Festival of Neuchâtel. As an accompanist, Mihály has assisted Julia Hamari, Dunja Vejzovic, Ulrike Sonntag, Helmuth Rilling and Frieder Bernius. His lied duo with Rabea Kramp has won numerous distinctions in Germany and Slovenia. From 2012 to 2015, Mihály was a member of the German Ministry of Culture's acclaimed „Dirigentenforum“ programme for promising young conductors. He was Chorus Master at the Opéra de Dijon between 2012 and 2015, a period in which the chorus made significant advances in different areas of the operatic, oratorio and a-cappella repertoire. Starting in 2015 he is artistic director of Arsys Bourgogne, succeeding the legendary Pierre Cao at the head of one of France's most prestigious vocal ensembles. He has since collaborated with La Fenice (Monteverdi Vespers), Accentus (German romantic double and triple choirs), the Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne (Mendelssohn Psalms and Mozart Vespers) and others. Arsys is currently turning increasingly to contemporary music: their newest programme, "L'inconsolable Orphée", combines new works by Benoît Menut, Jean-Baptiste Masson and Árpád Solti to existing compositions by Messiaen, Milhaud and Markeas. Connecting early and contemporary music is a central part of the Mihály's projects, notably in the dialogue between J.S. Bach and composers such as Philippe Hersant or Giacinto Scelsi. Mihály lives in Tübingen and is Professor for choral and orchestral conducting at the Protestant University for Sacred Music. October 2018.