The Hungarian conductor and organist, István Bán, completed his studies in Hungary, among other things in molecular genetics. He then moved to Vienna to further his musical pursuits. There he studied church music and organ performance by Peter Planyavsky, and choral and orchestral conducting by Erwin Ortner and Jordi Casals.
István Bán regulary performes all over Europe. During his long membership at the Arnold Schoenberg Chor which is directed by his professor, he absorbed the skill of authentic interpretation from Nikolaus Harnoncourt who made a great impression on him. As a conductor, Bán received a personal recommendation from Nikolaus Harnoncourt, that encouraged him to found the ensemble and to continue this practice of historic performance while starting his own new path.
István Bán is Musical Director of the period instrument ensemble, Musica Vivax Wien, comprises a young generation of musicians renowned throughout numerous Baroque ensembles and symphonic orchestras. Since 2006, he has been the leader of the Bach Cantatas Concerts at the Lutheran Church in the Buda Castle, Budapest where he is also employed as the main organist. In addition, he is a member of the Hungarian Handel Society.