“The sense of an orchestra actually enjoying themselves, wanting to communicate this joy as directly as possible, the generosity and talent and spirit of it all is quite overwhelming,” said one enthusiastic review following the BFO’s performance at the BBC Proms.
Listening to the Budapest Festival Orchestra, journalists often turn to expressions such as “perfect” or “one-of-a-kind”. We are regularly invited to return to some of the most prestigious concert venues in Europe and the USA. In addition to our audiences demanding encore after encore at the end of each of our performances, they often don’t want to let the orchestra leave the stage.
Wherever we go, we are always able to surprise our audiences by showing them that we are more than just an orchestra: our musicians are also quite skilled as a choir! “Someone who was playing the viola a minute ago is now standing next to the flautist. And then they begin to sing, without instrumental accompaniment, in perfect clarity, letting their outstanding soprano voices ring out. (...) Amazing!” wrote a critic for the Süddeutsche Zeitung.
One of the highlights of this year’s season is our return, for the first time since 1998, to the Hollywood Bowl. We will perform at the Lincoln Center in New York twice, and we will also be return visitors to the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and the Barbican in London. We are delighted to be on tour again with Sir András Schiff, and to return to one of Belgium’s largest and most renowned classical music event series, the Klarafestival.
The Vicenza Opera Festival, founded in 2018 by Iván Fischer, continues: in addition to opera performances, we will also be giving community chamber music concerts. We want everyone to be able to enjoy the music of the BFO! Therein lies the incredible power of our orchestra, able to speak to any audience.
Together, as a community, we are at home everywhere.
Orsolya Erdődy Deputy Managing Director