“The sound of the Budapest Festival Orchestra is unique. It’s not so much the timbre of individual instruments, more the voluptuous textures they create and the exquisitely blended chords.” London Evening Standard
The Budapest Festival Orchestra amazes its audiences not only in Hungary, but around the whole world. We share our passion with music-lovers across the globe, in music’s most important international venues. Whether at the Musikverein in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam or New York’s Carnegie Hall, the orchestra brings the magic of music to listeners, delighting audiences in a unique way. The BFO are regularly invited to play at such major festivals as the Salzburger Festspiele, the Lucerne Festival, the BBC Proms and the Edinburgh Festival. The overwhelming interest from audiences in cities which regularly host the world’s leading orchestras shows the significance, value and the appreciation for BFO.
The value of the orchestra is underlined further by the professional accolades they receive. This is emphasised by Gramophone magazine, as they rank the Festival Orchestra among the world’s ten best orchestras; those that have built outstanding reputations over the past few decades.
The tireless work of Iván Fischer and the musicians has secured the BFO a place among the most sought-after of international ensembles, reinforcing the relevance and importance of outstanding Hungarian musical culture. The BFO serves as an ambassador to a country whose contribution to the development of classical music in the 20th century has few rivals.
Highlights of the touring schedule for the upcoming season include taking up residency at the San Sebastian Festival, a Far East tour with performances in China and Korea, and a major US tour with concerts in New York, Chicago and Boston.
Our orchestra entices the entire world, while bestowing the exceptional qualities of Hungarian culture on international audiences.