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!

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Favorites

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