Death of a Hungarian maestro

Death of a Hungarian maestro


norman lebrecht

March 31, 2020

We are receiving reports of the death of Zoltan Pesko, a leading figure in Hungarian musical life and a close friend of the Kurtags. He was 83.

Abroad, he was Lorin Maazel’s assistant at the radio orchestra in Berlin. He was also chief conductor in Lisbon.


  • Peter San Diego says:

    Sad news. I only knew him from recordings; he struck me as a fine conductor. I especially admired his recording on Arte Nova of Liszt’s Totentanz (with Jitka Cechova), two symphonic poems, and especially, two transcriptions (Nuages gris, Unstern!) by Heinz Holliger. Those last two works are simply astonishing, and the performances very fine.

  • pjl says:

    his recordings of the 8 PETRASSI concerti for orchestra are very important….recorded in various venues: Maida Vale, St Pancras Town Hall, Marl, Hungary, Giuseppe Verdi Hall