A bicoastal conductor with Old World sensibilities.
Majkut has been serving as Music Director of the Rogue Valley Symphony in Ashland, Oregon since 2010. The RVS has experienced a remarkable growth under his leadership and received a national recognition for its ambitious programming.
Majkut is also the Music Director of the Queens Symphony Orchestra in New York, a position he has held since 2017. Performing in a variety of ethnically diverse communities, the orchestra has expanded its season and quickly gained popularity in the dynamic borough of 2.35 million people.
During the pandemic, Majkut imagined a series of films and shorts, replacing live productions of the RVS and the QSO. He also created a succession of “quarantine videos.” Under the title “What Goes Through The Conductor’s Head,” they offer an insight into a conductor’s score study process.
Born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia), Majkut earned his Ph.D. in conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts while serving as Assistant Conductor of the Slovak Philharmonic. Majkut came to the U.S. as a Fulbright scholar in 2003 and earned a D.M.A. in 2008 from the University of Arizona. He also studied at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy and at the Wiener Meisterkurse in Vienna, Austria.
In 2021/2022, Majkut is looking forward to joyous music-making with his ensembles, a return to the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra and an appearance with the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra in Connecticut.
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