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February 13, 2017, 3:55 pm, Press reviews

An Orchestra Triumphs Over Trump’s Travel Ban

The Budapest Festival Orchestra and its conductor, Ivan Fischer, gave two of the freshest, least conventional Beethoven performances of the season at Lincoln Center this week. Music students unexpectedly rushed the stage to join them in a soaring section of the Fifth Symphony, and incognito choristers popped up among the audience members to sing the Ninth’s “Ode to Joy.” Michael Cooper, New York Times.

January 31, 2017, 12:06 pm, Press Releases


With over a thousand dancing feet, nearly a hundred musicians and one conductor, the Budapest Festival Orchestra (BFO) will once again be giving a free concert on Heroes’ Square on 10 June. The heroes of the event will be the young people, Roma and non-Roma from privileged and less-privileged backgrounds, for whom the preparations have just started all over the country. Once again, the Dancing on the Square project will see Iván Fischer and the BFO gather more than 500 young people for a show of tolerance. When it comes to music and dance, no-one is disadvantaged – that’s what this project is all about. It’s a cause championed by the likes of János Lackfi and Sándor Zwack.

January 30, 2017, 4:37 pm, Interviews

Budapest’s Iván Fischer: Master Innovator

When the Budapest Festival Orchestra performers Beethoven, it’s never business as usual. The orchestra assembles, strings downstage; winds, brass, and percussion fill the rear of the stage. The conductor mounts the podium and another concert begins. But when the ensemble is the Budapest Festival Orchestra and the conductor is its founder and spirit guide, Iván Fischer, there are sure to be delightful departures from that tried-and-true scenario. Widely hailed as a “consummate showman” who combines a puckish sense of humor with probing musical curiosity, Fischer rarely adheres to the canon law of concert performance. We can’t say for sure what he will do when he takes the stage of David Geffen Hall on February 5 and 6 for two all-Beethoven concerts, but it is safe to say that, with this “intoxicating conductor-orchestra team,” there will be surprises. By Madeline Rogers, Playbill.

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January 24, 2017, 12:11 pm, News

BFO’s new ticketing system

Dear Music-lovers, To offer you a more seamless and complete service, the Budapest Festival Orchestra is switching to a new ticket vending platform from 1 February. During the two days preceding the switch, 30 and 31 January, temporary disruptions in service may occur from time to time. Thanks to the early launch in February, you […]

January 19, 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 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 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.”