From Hungarian origin, Péter Csaba was born in Transylvania (Rumania) and lives in Lyon (France) since 1983. Studied violin, composition and conducting in Cluj, and later in Bucharest. He has been awarded several international prizes, among them, the Paganini Prize in Italy.
He holds the Chair of Orchestra at the Conservatory of Music in Lyon and is also artistic director and principal conductor of the Besançon Symphony Orchestra.
He has founded two chamber orchestras: Les Solistes de Lyon and the Virtuosi di Kuhmo in Finland. Péter Csaba has travelled throughout the world as violinist and conductor, working with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Stockholm Chamber, Birmingham Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, Warsaw Symphony, Radio Prague Symphony, Lyon National and Opera Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Hungary Symphony and Lisbon Metropolitan, among others. He also works with artists such as Krystian Zimerman, Pierre Fournier, Natalia Gutman, James Galway and Peter Frankl, to name but a few.
His master classes enjoy great prestige. He has been artistic director of the 2000 Kuhmo Music Festival in Finland and, for many, of the Lapland Festival in Sweden.
Between 1993 and 2001 Péter Csaba has also been artistic director and principal conductor of the Swedish Orchestra "Musica Vitae" with which he toured Europe and Asia developing both the orchestra and the institution achieving the best level in Scandinavia. With enormous success he was the initiator of the Swedish music festival Euro Musica in which the most brilliant young European musicians participate.
Péter Csaba has made various recordings both as conductor and violinist with a very varied repertoire. His performance of Shostakovich's Symphony, Op. 10 has been acclaimed by the critics as "the best version of all the recordings produced of this work" and his CD's with works of this composer, both as conductor and violinist, have been distinguished throughout the world. Since 2002 he is the Artistic Director of the Encuentro de Música y Academia de Santander. Péter Csaba has been elected member of the prestigious Royal Swedish Academy for his contribution to the development of the music life in Sweden and the promotion of the art of music all over the world.