The duo of Erika Sebők on flute and Clément Noël on the English horn, the violin duo of Mária Gál-Tamási and Anikó Mózes, and István Kádár’s solo violin performance proved to be the best at the 2015 edition of the Budapest Festival Orchestra’s (BFO) Sándor Végh Competition.
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On 28 February, the Budapest Festival Orchestra performed Symphony No. 8 by Schubert and the Unfinished Symphony No. 9 by Bruckner at the Palace of Arts. According to the background story of the Schubert piece, the manuscript was lost and was only found in 1865, well after the composer’s death. It was then that the […]
Recent times have clearly proved that the Budapest Festival Orchestra’s community projects are needed both in Budapest and around the country, therefore the orchestra will continue the free concert series between 10 and 16 November, this time including children programmes as well. The orchestra plans to give community concerts at as many provincial venues as possible, enabling local people to become familiar with the magic of live music.
In collaboration with Rabbi Slomó Köves, the Budapest Festival Orchestra has launched a new community programme series in abandoned synagogues in Hungary in order to raise awareness of Jewish heritage and to educate local communities of the diversity that was once prevalent throughout Hungary.
As part of its community programmes, the Budapest Festival Orchestra visited three Hungarian churches, over and above the synagogues and homes for the elderly, to make a gift of music for the lovers of Baroque and those who find it difficult to visit a concert hall. The churches were filled to capacity on each occasion, and thus the music of Bach could touch almost a thousand souls.
The notion that “music belongs to everyone” is not an empty slogan with the Budapest Festival Orchestra but a specific goal. The BFO often performs outside the concert hall so that as many people as possible can hear one of the world’s leading orchestras at a live event, including those who might not otherwise have the opportunity to enjoy our performances.
The concert programme has changed: instead of the originally announced harpsichord concerto by C. P. E. Bach, we will present Mozart’s piano concerto in C major (K. 246), a piece relatively seldom performed at concerts. Jos van Immerseel, who will lead the Baroque ensemble of the Festival Orchestra at the concert, will play the piece […]