Dear Music Fans,
Six season ticket series, three festivals and the cream of the world’s soloists. You’ll find all this and more in the Concerto Budapest 2019/20 season!
Once again, we are launching our well-known and popular season ticket series: Stars, Geniuses, Volumes, Favourites, Hungarian Gems and Manó. In addition to the Day of Listening and Mozart Day, there is a new festival that members of the orchestra are preparing for: the inaugural Beethoven Days in April2020, during which we celebrate the brilliance of the composer in the concert halls of Müpa Budapest, BMC and the Liszt Academy over four days.
Gidon Kremer is welcomed back as an old acquaintance. Once again he joins Concerto Budapest with the ensemble he founded, Kremerata Baltica. For the very first time, Grammy winner Mikhail Pletnev, who just like Kremer launched his career with a triumph at the Tchaikovsky competition, conducts the orchestra from the piano. Similarly, this is the first time we welcome Russian-Italian violinist Sergei Krylov. He takes the solo in the Violin Concerto No. 1 by Shostakovich under the baton of AndrásKeller.
Another foreign violinist is Antje Weithaas, who not only has a captivating stage presence but is also characterized by modesty and a firm intention to place the music first. In a Hungary themed concert, we hear the violin play of Savitri Grier with Tamás Vásáry conducting: the young musician who graduated from Oxford performs Leó Weiner’s second violin concerto in Pest Vigadó. Family ties connect Dutch violinist Gwendolyn Masin to Hungary, so it is not surprising that we can also greet her as a soloist to the #Hungarian Gems series. Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux is also an old acquaintance of the orchestra. This time she plays the solo of Bernstein’s Serenade under the baton of Zoltán Rácz.
“Khatia is a young pianist of extraordinary talent. I was impressed by her exceptional pianistic gift, natural musicality, imagination and her brilliant virtuosity.” These enthusiastic words about Khatia Buniatishvili come from her legendary fellow artist Martha Argerich. The Georgian pianist is a regular guest of Concerto Budapest, and she plays at the head of the orchestra in two concerts. Other female pianists include Anna Vinnitskaya and Anna Shelest, and Israeli Matan Porat – who took his diploma at the Juilliard School of New York – will also pay us a visit.
Naturally, the best in Hungarian music, those who have won a name internationally, too, cannot be omitted from our season: audiences will come across Zoltán Fejérvári, László Fenyő, GáborHomoki and Dénes Várjon at the head of the orchestra. The ensemble is conducted (in addition to András Keller)by Hungarians Tamás Vásáry, Domonkos Héja, György Vashegyi, GergelyDubóczky and Zoltán Rácz, who also appears as artistic director and principal conductor of Ligeti Ensemble established from artists of Concerto in 2018. Our audience will find we offer not only the Hungarian greats of classical music, but folk music as well: in March, Muzsikás Ensemble and Mária Petrás, and in April Lajos Sárközi and orchestra join the musicians of Concerto. Heinz Holliger, the Swiss composer-oboist-conductor who is today a key figure of contemporary music life, directs Concerto Budapest at a double concert, and Estonian conductor Neeme Järvi brings a Russian programme to the capital.
We look forward to seeing you at our concerts next season as well!
Six global guest artists, including Estonian legendary conductor Neeme Järvi revisiting Budapest after more than two decades, and Georgian pianist phenomenon Khatia Buniatishvili who has worked in partnership with Concerto Budapest for several years, feature in the season ticket concerts. As do the two magicians of the violin, Antje Weithaas and Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux, not to forget one of the most significant and multifaceted artists of European music, Heinz Holliger. Audiences have not one but two opportunities to meet him at season ticket recitals, both as conductor and instrumentalist. The list would not be complete without mentioning two pianists, Dénes Várjon and Zoltán Fejérvári, who regularly partner the orchestra, plus Zoltán Rácz, who among many other projects is preparing for a Steve Reich presentation in Hungary in January, and naturally the conductor of the first three concerts of the series, music director of Concerto Budapest, András Keller.
Seven evenings in the company of music’s unquestionable giants and restless geniuses, plus a complimentary Premier concert offering the possibility of a modern-day discovery and the chance to be among the first to marvel at a composition fresh out of the creative workshop. This is the experience on offer with this season ticket series bringing Concerto Budapest into the orbit of such luminaries as Heinz Holliger and Neeme Järvi, Khatia Buniatishvili and Matan Porat, László Fenyő and György Vashegyi. Pure music to the ears: Bartók and Berlioz, German and Russian Romantics, the cream of English composition and even sacred music by Haydn and Arvo Pärt. The Premier concert features a presentation of a reworked and rearranged Concerto for Viola by excellent contemporary artist Gyula Csapó: Gábor Homoki’s solo shows his deep commitment to the work and the piece is conducted by the remarkably gifted young musician Gergely Dubóczky.
Season ticket holders are promised audience-pleasing performance artists and hit numbers at these five Müpa Budapest concerts. For example, concert pianist Mikhail Pletnev plays and conducts Bach and Mozart, András Keller and Anna Vinnitskaya take to the stage with the second piano concerto by Brahms, and for the opening work on the very first recital of the series we have one of the favourite movements of 20th century music, Mahler’s Adagietto. We would not be much mistaken in saying that the title of this season ticket series could also be interpreted as Concerto Budapest and their superb guest list directing our attention towards their favourite pieces. Thus we have Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica focusing on Schnittke and Weinberg, György Vashegyi – in a concert dedicated to the memory of Annie Fischer – taking on Missa solemnis, a difficult-to-scale peak of the Beethoven oeuvre, and on the final evening of the series, András Keller reveals (as he has done in so many memorable performances) the qualities of Shostakovich. And, of course, attention is also directed towards the soloist for this concert, violinist Sergei Krylov, who plays together with Concerto Budapest for the first time.
This series includes the majority of the season’s top guests: stars of international concert life as well as the pride of Hungarian music. Amazingly talented youth, the pick of the crop of the middle generation, and the grand old masters can all be discovered and enjoyed on the stages of Müpa Budapest and the Liszt Academy. At the very first recital, Gidon Kremer is guest of András Keller and the orchestra, after which – at two concerts – Heinz Holliger, who has shown such an affinity and commitment towards the art of Sándor Veress, heads up Concerto Budapest. The vanguard of pianists is represented by Anna Vinnitskaya, Dénes Várjon, Matan Porat and Anna Shelest, with the latter performing under the baton of the great Estonian conductor, 82-year-old Neeme Järvi. Naturally, we should not forget to mention the remarkable privilege afforded by the incredible cello skills of Miklós Perényi, which we can witness at the concert in the Beethoven Days held in tribute to Annie Fischer.
This season ticket series showcases the virtually inexhaustible wealth of Hungarian music that has matured into classics, as well as its contemporary, well-known values and those awaiting discovery (or even rediscovery), the four concerts of which are arranged once again in the fitting venue of Pest Vigadó. This year’s programme running from Ferenc Liszt to Levente Gyöngyösi (born: 1975) not only parades superb home-grown artists, in particular András Keller, Zoltán Rácz and Tamás Vásáry, but we also hear from the young British violinist Savitri Grier and Dutch instrumentalist (although of Hungarian extraction through her mother) Gwendolyn Masin. Folk music and the world of Hungaricums take centre stage in the other half of the series, care of Muzsikás Ensemble and guests, folk singer Mária Petrás, and on the fourth evening an authentic recital by violinist Lajos Sárközi and Gypsy Band.