The Hungarian conductor Gábor Káli ended the 17/18 season on a high note: after winnng first prize at the Hong Kong International Conducting Competition in early 2018, in August 2018 he won the prestigious Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award. As part of the prize, in summer 2019 he returned with huge success to Salzburg Festival at the helm of the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna.
The season 18/19 saw Gábor Káli conducting Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Mozart's Magic Flute at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich and the same opera in the Opera House of Budapest. In November he conducted the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, in March-April he created sensation when at Iván Fischer's invitation he replaced the ailing music director at a major European-US tour of the brilliant Budapest Festival Orchestra earning in Budapest, Hamburg, Paris and Luxembourg excellent reviews and standing ovations. Later in the season he conducted the Cologne Chamber Orchestra and was touring with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
In 2019/20 he leads in Graz a new production of Bizet's The Pearl Fishers, and conducts The Magic Flute at Christian Thielemann's invitation in the Semperoper in Dresden, as well as in the Hungarian State Opera House. He is also guest of four different symphony orchestras in Hungary and conducts in Finland (Kuopio Symphony Orchestra), France (Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse), Poland (Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra), Austria (Brucknerorchester Linz, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra) and Ireland (Irish Chamber Orchestra).
In 2020/21 he is due to make his debut in the Bayersiche Staatsoper in Munich, in the Staatsoper in Hamburg, in Theatre du Capitole de Toulouse and return to the Semperoper of Dresden. His concert engagements include appearances at the helm of Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre de Paris, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Philharmonie Zuidnederland, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra.