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.

July 2021