Preparing to step onto the stage is a tense moment. We let go of the bad and keep the good. Our instruments, the most expressive interpreters of our thoughts and emotions, wait with us. They hold within all our resolve and churning desires. We are inseparable and ready for anything.
„The orchestra is made up of a lot of musicians, a lot of people. So many destinies, world views, opinions, sensitivities… During a performance the joy of music-making binds us together and takes us over yonder, to a higher world… The listener feels these changes of state, gets attuned to them, and they help to achieve a higher level of resonance. Before stepping onto the stage, the musician keeps his instrument and its sound safe and warm, considering the moments of the composition that require most attention… much like a pilgrim who, before stepping into the sanctum, brushes the dust off his coat.” István Kádár, violin
„It is not only the instruments that need to be tuned into one, but also the techniques; styles need to be adjusted to a given piece, and to provide a uniform style of play within a section you need to adjust yourself to your colleagues. On the other hand, we begin to tune ourselves into the piece during the first rehearsal, and that stays with us all the way to the concert. Thirdly, we need to get attuned to the conductor’s thoughts, movements and working methods, in order to be able to create the best sound imaginable. When all these pieces are in place, then we can perform well.” Károly Kaszás, double-bass
„For me it means that both the industrious, ever improving Musicians are happy to share the fruits of their labour, and that the children and adults in the audience reach a higher emotional state, a higher frequency, which increases the happiness of all regardless of gender, age, skin colour and nationality…” Ágnes Fogarasi, audience member
„I spend the whole day before a concert preparing for it. I get dressed and put on my make-up with joy in my heart; the hustle and bustle in the concert hall before the orchestra comes on stage is exhilarating. Tuning quietens the audience down, while the event itself brings an indescribable emotional experience. Every concert in the past 60 years has been a CELEBRATION!!!!!” Bea Herzfeld, audience member