Budapest Festival Orchestra

Budapest Festival Orchestra | Iván Fischer | soloists

Wagner

Tue, 23.08. | 19.30

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

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    Budapest Festival Orchestra

    Budapest Festival Orchestra | Iván Fischer | soloists

    Iván Fischer  conductor
    soloists  
    Richard Wagner (1813–1883)
    Siegfried-Idyll
    Die Walküre. Concert performance of the first act

    Budapest Festival Orchestra

    The Budapest Festival Orchestra was founded in 1983 by Iván Fischer and pianist Zoltán Kocsis. Many renowned conductors worked with the orchestra early on, most notably Sir Georg Solti, who served as Principal Guest Conductor until his death in the fall of 1997, as well as such soloists as the violinists Yehudi Menuhin, Pinchas Zukerman, and Gidon Kremer, and the pianists András Schiff, Radu Lupu, and Richard Goode. In Budapest, the musicians give about 40 performances per season in the MüPa Concert Hall and in the Franz Liszt Academy. In addition, they make regular guest appearances at important festivals and in the major music capitals. They have performed at the Salzburg Festival, the Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, the BBC Proms in London, the Maggio Musicale in Florence, and the Prague Spring Festival. Since 2018, the Budapest Festival Orchestra has been the resident orchestra at the Vicenza Opera Festival. It regularly commissions compositions and presents world premieres. With projects such as the “Midnight Music” cycle, it specifically addresses a young audience. Every June, it invites around 500 Hungarian children and young people — Roma and non-Roma — to Heroes’ Square in Budapest, where they can dance to live music. It also organizes the Bridging Europe Festival, which focuses on a different European cultural nation each year. The Budapest Festival Orchestra has been run as an independent foundation since 1992 and is supported by the State of Hungary, the City of Budapest, and national and international circles of friends.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 26 August 1986 in works by Franz Liszt and Franz Schubert.

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    Iván Fischer

    Born into a family of musicians in Budapest in 1951, Iván Fischer studied piano, violin, cello, and composition in his native city before completing his conducting training with Hans Swarowsky and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. He spent the early years of his career in Great Britain and in 1983 founded the Budapest Festival Orchestra, which he led to international fame and over which he still presides as Artistic Director. He has also served as Music Director of the Opéra de Lyon and Principal Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. From 2012 to 2018, he was at the helm of the Berlin Konzerthausorchester, which subsequently named him Honorary Conductor. As a guest conductor, Fischer is primarily associated with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Concertgebouworkest, as well as with the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra. The Vienna Staatsoper, London’s Royal Opera House, the Opéra national de Paris, and numerous other renowned companies have invited him to conduct operas. Fischer is also a stage director and has presented productions of Mozart operas, Verdi’s Falstaff, and staged concerts. In 2018, he established the Vicenza Opera Festival, where he will conduct Monteverdi’s Poppea in the fall of 2021. Fischer has also been extremely creative in developing new concert formats, inventing cocoa concerts for toddlers, midnight concerts for students, surprise concerts without an announced program, and the “Mittendrin” series, in which the audience is seated in the middle of the orchestra. As a composer, he has written chamber music, choral works, the music theater piece The Red Heifer, and the children’s opera The Gruffelo. Fischer received the Kossuth Prize in 2006, Hungary’s most important cultural award, and in 2011, the Royal Philharmonic Society Award. Iván Fischer is a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music, and an honorary citizen of Budapest.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 26 August 1986 with the Budapest Festival Orchestra in works by Liszt as well as Schubert.

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