A bicoastal conductor with Old World sensibilities.
Born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia), Majkut graduated from the State Conservatory and served as Assistant Conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic while earning his Ph.D. in conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts. While studying, he worked with the Slovak Philharmonic, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Slovak State Philharmonic and Slovak Sinfonietta.
Majkut came to the U.S. as a Fulbright scholar in 2003 and earned a D.M.A., his second doctorate, in 2008, at the University of Arizona. He also studied with Gianluigi Gelmetti at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy and Salvador Mas Conde at the Wiener Meisterkurse in Vienna, Austria.
Maestro Majkut is in his 3rd season as Music Director of the Queens Symphony Orchestra in New York. Performing in a variety of ethnically diverse communities, the orchestra has expanded its season and is quickly gaining popularity in the dynamic borough of 2.35 million people.
Majkut has been serving as Music Director of the Rogue Valley Symphony (RVS) in Ashland, Oregon since 2010. The RVS has experienced a remarkable growth under his leadership. The 50th season of the orchestra, with five world premieres and a star-studded line-up of soloists, earned him an invitation to the 2018 League of American Orchestras conference as a featured presenter in the Frontiers: Risk + Reward session. For the upcoming “Season of Women,” he lined up a roster of exclusively female soloists, representing the broadest swath of backgrounds and ethnicities.
Maestro Majkut’s ability to inspire the orchestra and deliver exciting, polished and powerful performances results in enthused audiences and many sold out concerts. He has been called “amazing, supremely gifted” and “an incomparable, unique and perhaps irreplaceable asset” by the press in Oregon.
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