Budapest Festival Orchestra
News April 14, 2013

New Chairman of The Board of Directors of the Budapest Festival Orchestra Foundation

The Budapest Festival Orchestra Foundation is proud and delighted to announce that Mr. András Simor will become the new chairman of its Board of Directors from April 10th. He will replace earlier Chairman Mr. Miklos Marschall. The Orchestra wishes to express its gratitude to Mr. Marschall, who has led the Budapest Festival Orchestra for two decades of extraordinary success.

Mr. Simor will bring love of music, commitment and loyalty to the Budapest Festival Orchestra and considerable business and philanthropy experience to the foundation. The orchestra’s new international Board of Directors will work to find and raise world wide support for this orchestra which is considered by experts as one of the very best of the world.

Short biography of András Simor:

After a successful career as an investment banker and subsequently as head of a professional services firm, during the last six years Mr. Simor served as the Governor of the National Bank of Hungary. Most recently he has been appointed as Vice President, Policy at the London based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Iván Fischer, Music Director:

„András is the perfect chairman for this great orchestra. I admire his wisdom, commitment, empathy and leadership qualities. I am very much looking forward to work with him Our goal is to share the beauty of music with millions of people – young and old -  all over the world.”

András Simor:

„I am delighted to have been selected to serve as Chairman of the Board of one of the best symphonic orchestras of the world. I admire their passion for music and their relentless determination to serve as Hungary’s cultural ambassadors. The new international Board will strive to provide wider domestic and international support for the orchestra to fulfill their mission: to share the joy of music in Hungary and beyond.”

Miklós Marschall, ex-chairman of the BFO:

„I am happy to hand over the chairmanship of the BFO Board to Andras: a trusted colleague, a music lover. With his leadership , the success story of BFO will continue.”

Stefan Englert, Executive Director:

„András will be a key for the strategic development of the BFO in the next years. With his widespread network and his excellent management skills he will guide our operations and fundraising activities.  I am very much looking forward to work with András in  the future.”