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January 18, 2017, 11:09 am, Press Releases

Absolute music, night and day

A Marathon from Brahms, Müpa Budapest and the BFO There are only five days to go before the music of Johannes Brahms fills Müpa Budapest. Have you ever heard all four symphonies of the giant of romantic composition played consecutively? Do you like surprises? Do you have the stomach for marathon amounts of music that […]

January 16, 2017, 6:43 pm, Interviews

The clearest and most vivid statement by Richard Goode

The first piano teacher of Richard Goode was the Hungarian Elvira Szigeti which might be one of the reasons for the fact that he loves playing for the Hungarian audience so much. When he first met Iván Fischer they felt instant rapport and this harmony between them is still alive. Read our interview with Richard Goode and meet at our concerts on 27, 28 and 29 January, Müpa Budapest!

January 11, 2017, 10:29 am, Interviews

“Don’t practice so much, because you will become a musician”

For the Norwegian cellist, Truls Mørk there are no technical boundaries: he plays expressively and severely with inspiring inner tension. Some years ago he suffered from an illness which paralysed half of his body, but he got back and some say that now he plays even better. Read the interview of Fidelio with him!

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January 6, 2017, 8:57 am, News

Change of program

Dear Audience! We are sorry to announce that although Paavo Järvi was very much looking forward to his Budapest concerts, he cannot come to Hungary due to health reasons. The concerts of the Budapest Festival Orchestra in Müpa Budapest, on 12, 13 and 14 January will be conducted by the Finnish Pietari Inkinen. The program […]

January 4, 2017, 9:33 am, Interviews

“Hungarian music have accompanied me since my early childhood”

Imagine that you are in Estonia, walking by a window of a family house. All of a sudden, you realise that some Bartók music is played in the living room. Or Kodály. The internationally acknowledged conductor, Paavo Järvi was brought up in a way that the closeness of Hungarian music was absolutely natural for him. He is leading the Budapest Festival Orchestra on 12, 13, 14 January, Müpa Budapest. Read an interview with the Estonian conductor.

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December 14, 2016, 4:35 pm, Press reviews

Iván Fischer and Daniel Barenboim light up Dohány Street Synagogue

Iván Fischer and his Budapest Festival Orchestra want to play in every abandoned synagogue in Hungary. Daniel Barenboim joined them for a memorable fundraiser. The music critic of The Observer had the chance to participate in the concert and published a report about our initiative and the concert itself, saying: “Free from any symphonic boundaries, this remarkable orchestra must also be the world’s most versatile.”

December 13, 2016, 8:50 am, Press Releases

Harry Potter and Nick Cave outshone by the BFO

A concert by the Budapest Festival Orchestra (BFO) has made it into The Daily Telegraph’s top 30 artistic highlights of 2016, as compiled by the critics. This in a week when the BFO also found great success in some of Europe’s most prestigious concert halls. Even the normally conservative and critical audiences at the Vienna Musikverein and the Frankfurt Alte Oper gave the orchestra, and soloist Leonidas Kavakos, a standing ovation.

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December 7, 2016, 10:40 am, Press reviews

In memoriam Zoltán Kocsis: tribute by the Budapest Festival Orchestra tops a stunning concert

The Budapest Festival Orchestra had a busy week. On Thursday, they performed a fund-raising concert with Daniel Barenboim as soloist, while on the next day, they presented the first of a four-concert series with the thought-provoking combination of compositions by Franz Schubert and Béla Bartók. Critical review, Zoltán Szabó, Bachtrack.

November 30, 2016, 9:58 am, Interviews

His humour is like that of Beethoven

He learned almost everything from his Hungarian teacher, Ferenc Rados. The Greek violin virtuoso? Leonidas Kavakos is coming to Hungary to play together with the Budapest Festival Orchestra. We were talking about the humour and genious of Béla Bartók and the unbeliavable musical talents of Hungary. Interview.

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November 6, 2016, 7:36 pm, News

Farewell to Zoltán Kocsis

With deep shock and sadness I heard the news that Zoltán Kocsis passed away. He was a musical giant, one of the rare geniuses. His impact on our whole generation is immeasurable. On behalf of the Budapest Festival Orchestra and myself, deeply moved I say  farewell to my co-founding partner, to a colleague of many […]