András Ligeti has established an international reputation both as a violinist and conductor. Born in 1953 in Pecs, Hungary, he studied violin and conducting at Budapest's Franz Liszt Academy.
Immediately following his graduation in 1977, he was appointed both concert master and conductor of the Hungarian State Opera, positions he held until 1985. He then became associate conductor of the Budapest Symphony Orchestra and in 1997 he was appointed music director of the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra. He accepted the position of music director of the Taipei Symphony Orchestra in 2005.