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This year the Budapest Festival Orchestra, which was founded in 1983 by Iván Fischer and Zoltán Kocsis, celebrates its 30th anniversary. Already in its early years numerous renowned conductors and soloists collaborated with the Orchestra, such as Georg Solti, who served as Principal Guest Conductor until his death in the fall of 1997, Sándor Végh, András Schiff, the violinists Yehudi Menuhin, Pinchas Zukerman, and Gidon Kremer, and the pianists Radu Lupu and Richard Goode. The Budapest Festival Orchestra gives some forty concerts each season in its homeland; every September a Mahler Festival takes place in the Budapest Art Palace, and in February the Orchestra then presents a “concert marathon” which focuses on the oeuvre of a particular composer. The Budapest Festival Orchestra, which since 1992 has operated as an independent foundation, is a regular guest at the major festivals and in the great musical metropolises. It has performed at the Salzburg Festival, the Konzerthaus and the Musikverein in Vienna, Carnegie Hall in New York and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, the BBC Proms in London, the Maggio Musicale in Florence, and the Prague Spring Festival. In August 2013 the Orchestra presented a production of Mozart’s Figaro, which Iván Fischer both staged and conducted, at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York; in 2011 they performed Don Giovanni there. Besides appearances in such European cities as Turin, Paris, Geneva, Hamburg, Amsterdam, and Munich, the musicians will also tour in the 2013-14 season to give several concerts in China and Taiwan. Through its “Cocoa Concerts” the Budapest Festival Orchestra offers a successful series for children, while its midnight concerts regularly appeal to teens and twentysomethings.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 26 August 1986 in works by Franz Liszt and Franz Schubert.