This year the Budapest Festival Orchestra once again invited musicians to enter its biannual Sándor Végh competition as soloists. Participation is voluntary, and the competition is increasingly popular among BFO musicians: 36 musicians entered this year, which is a new record. Given the high standards of the competition, even Special Awards were handed out this year.
Musicians of the Festival Orchestra demonstrated their talents to an esteemed jury, proving that they hold their own even when performing a piece of their choice as soloists. This year’s winners, who will be the soloists of the Haydn-Mozart Plus series in the next season, are:
Rossini: Concerto for Bassoon
Andrea Bressan – bassoon
Weber: Clarinet Concerto in E flat major
Roland Csalló – clarinet
Vanhal: Double Bass Concerto in D major
Zsolt Fejérvári – double bass
Besides the three winners, the BFO will also put on the following productions:
Telemann: Concerto in F major
Gyöngyvér Oláh – baroque violin
Emese Gulyás – baroque violin
Gabriella Nagy – baroque violin
Frank Martin: Ballade for Flute
Anett Jóföldi – flute
Frigyes Hidas: Florida Concerto for Tenor and Bass Trombone
Balázs Szakszon and Norbert Zakó – trombone
Music director Iván Fischer underlined that due to the extremely high standard the jury had decided to feature both the winners above and three other productions in the orchestra’s future music programme.
Jury members for the 2014 Sándor Végh Competition: Iván Fischer, conductor, BFO music director; György Konrád, violist, regular BFO guest musician; György Lakatos, bassoonist, key figure in the contemporary music scene; Lajos Lencsés, oboist, soloist of the Stuttgart Radio Orchestra; Tamás Major, violinist and BFO concertmaster, and András Vass, conductor of the Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra.