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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.

Nagyzenekari hangverseny, Leonidas Kavakos
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 […]

November 3, 2016, 4:38 pm, Press Releases

Budapest – Capital of Music

The Budapest Festival Orchestra (BFO) has produced a comprehensive musical plan entitled Budapest – Capital of Music, which they sent to Budapest Mayor, István Tarlós, in September.

October 27, 2016, 11:07 am, Press Releases

The 10th Marathon at Müpa Budapest

The Budapest Festival Orchestra and Müpa Budapest are organising their tenth grand joint Marathon on 22nd January 2017, the Hungarian National Day of Culture. Besides Johannes Brahms’ four symphonies, the all-day event includes his piano compositions, chamber orchestra and chamber music works, and choral pieces. The performers are all outstanding musicians on the Hungarian music scene. Iván Fischer and the BFO will bring the day to a close with a surprise concert.

October 26, 2016, 8:44 pm, Uncategorized

The beat of the drum lifts the disadvantaged youngsters of Cserdi

It was the drums and the paper trumpets which really got the children of Cserdi fired up at the Budapest Festival Orchestra’s concert. Members of the orchestra took their Music Castle community programme to the underprivileged village to both entertain and help build the community. An article by Vince Ballai, Abcúg.

October 26, 2016, 2:44 pm, Uncategorized

“Only the truly brave dare to take the stage”

How one of the hottest orchestras in the world met the children of Cserdi? The Budapest Festival Orchestra went to Cserdi, a predominantly Gypsy village in Baranya county, to play Schubert and Vivaldi. What happened was a miracle. The colleague of wmn.hu, Judit Kárpáti, was there to tell the story.

October 25, 2016, 2:25 pm, Uncategorized

“Being open and inclusive”

The Budapest Festival Orchestra’s performance on Saturday afternoon was a real treat for everyone in the Baranya county village of Cserdi.

October 19, 2016, 1:33 pm, Press Releases

Daniel Barenboim, Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra to perform together in Budapest’s largest Synagogue

For the last two years, the Budapest Festival Orchestra has been bringing music to abandoned synagogues all over Hungary. Over half million Hungarian Jews were killed in the Holocaust and today most synagogues in Hungarian towns and villages are either abandoned or used for non-religious purposes. The Budapest Festival Orchestra provides free concerts to the local communities all over Hungary in these forgotten synagogues. A guest rabbi tells the story of the Jewish community that once thrived in the locality and enlightens the audience about the history of the building and about Jewish customs.

Daniel Barenboim_copyright Thomas Bartilla
October 13, 2016, 6:17 pm, Press Releases

A Match Day Atmosphere at the Festival Orchestra’s Concert

When a symphony orchestra lays down their instruments and starts to sing, the result is amazing. Especially if a Hungarian ensemble sings in Chinese or Korean. The Budapest Festival Orchestra (BFO) got audiences out of their seats in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xi’an and Seoul. And those who were there in the Chinese capital got to experience the world première of Iván Fischer’s latest composition, completed just days beforehand and performed by Dejan Lazić.

Iván Fischer_Ning Feng@Sun Nan
September 22, 2016, 5:05 pm, Interviews

“Playing and cooking have a lot of similarities”

It was close that the Chinese violinist Ning Feng almost became something totally different from a musician. He is a really sensitive and lyrical soloist who could also imagine himself as a chef or a photographer. He plays a Dutilleux violin concerto with the Budapest Festival Orchestra in September. Enjoy the interview with him!