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Budapest Festival Orchestra


  • Formed just over thirty years ago and yet already considered one of the top ten greatest orchestras of today, the Budapest Festival Orchestra is a success story of Hungary’s musical life. One of the keys to this success is Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Iván Fischer who continues to tour with the Orchestra today. Intermusica first worked with the Budapest Festival Orchestra in 2005 on appearances in the UK and has since gone on to arrange highly successful tours of Asia, performances in Innsbruck Austria and at London’s Southbank Centre.

  • 自成立至今只有30年历史的布达佩斯节日交响乐团如今已经成为位列世界前十,是匈牙利音乐发展的成功典范。乐团取得如此骄人成就的原因之一,就是乐团的现任艺术总监、首席指挥家伊万·费舍尔。Intermusica首次与布达佩斯节日交响乐团在2005年合作,此后在亚洲各地、澳大利亚因斯布鲁克、伦敦南岸艺术中心都举行了成功的巡演。

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  • Over the decades the Festival Orchestra has worked with some of the world’s greatest artists including Yehudi Menhuin, Gidon Kremer, Radu Lupu, Andras Schiff and Richard Goode. The Orchestra performs in the world’s leading concert halls including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Musikverein in Vienna and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw.

  • 乐团与许多世界著名的艺术家进行过成功的合作,其耶胡迪·梅纽因,Gidon Kremer, Radu Lupu, Andras Schiff 和 Richard Goode。乐团还在世界各地著名的音乐厅进行过表演,其中包括纽约卡耐基音乐厅、林肯艺术中心、维也纳金色大厅和荷兰皇家音乐厅。

Past tour
Iván Fischer conducts Rachmaninov Symphony No.2
Reykjavik, January 2018
Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra perform a concert of Bach, Beethoven and Rachmaninov in a debut country performance.


17 January 2018 
To be announced 

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Past tour
Bartók at the Southbank Centre
Europe, May 2017
The Budapest Festival Orchestra presents Bartók’s dark and disquieting opera, steeped in Hungarian folk tradition. The combination of this ‘ultra-charismatic’ orchestra and music director Iván Fischer has been described by The Guardian as ‘intoxicating’.

Written in Budapest, Bartók’s single opera is a bloodthirsty fairytale with strong psychological and erotic undertones. Featuring just two characters, it’s arresting performed in concert.

Bluebeard brings his new wife Judith home to his castle. She asks him to let light into the gloomy hall by opening its seven doors and discovers a series of troubling mysteries, including a torture chamber and Bluebeard’s treasure horde, dripping with gore. But what will happen when she opens the seventh door?

Budapest Festival Orchestra
Iván Fischer conductor
Márta Sebestyén folk singer
Ildikó Komlósi mezzo-soprano, Judith
Krisztián Cser bass, Bluebeard


Tuesday 23 May 2017
Royal Festival Hall, London 

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Past tour
Return to China and Korea
Asia, September - October 2016
The Budapest Festival Orchestra returns to Asia for performances in Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul as well as debuts in Guangzhou and China's ancient capital Xi'an.

In a second programme, drawing from a festival of French music performed in Budapest, the Orchestra is joined by Chinese violinist Ning Feng for a performance of Dutilleux L’Arbre des songes marking the composer's 100th anniversary in 2016.

Programme 1
Mozart Magic Flute overture
Chopin Piano concerto no. 2 
Dvorák Symphony no. 8

Programme 2
Debussy Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
Dutilleux L’Arbre des songes (soloist: Ning Feng)
Satie/Debussy Gymnopédies
Ravel Pavane
Ravel Daphnis et Chloé Suite No.2


1 October 2016
Guangzhou Opera House, China 

3 October 2016
Xi'an Concert Hall, China

5 and 6 October 2016 
National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) Beijing, China 

8 October 2016
Shanghai Symphony Hall, China 

10 October 2016
Seoul Arts Center, South Korea 

11 October 2016
Samsung Concert Hall, South Korea 

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Past tour
Mozart at the Southbank Centre
Europe, May 2016
The Southbank Centre welcomes back Iván Fischer in its 2015/16 season, regarded as one of the great musical personalities of our time, with the Budapest Festival Orchestra.

They perform Mozart's Magic Flute, the composer's universally appealing opera, which features dazzling vocal fireworks and some of Mozart’s most glorious and recognisable melodies.

The Budapest Festival Orchestra bring their sparkling wit and character to this concert performance using newly designed visuals co-commissioned by the Budapest Palace of the Arts, the first time the Orchestra has performed opera in the Royal Festival Hall.


10 May 2016
Royal Festival Hall, London

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Past tour
Mahler Symphony No.3
Europe, April 2016
The Budapest Festival Orchestra performs Mahler Symphony No.3 at Festival de Pâques under the baton of Iván Fischer.

The concert will open the festival and will feature soloist Anna Larsson, Orfeó Català and the children of the Maîtrise des Bouches-du-Rhône choir. 


22 March 2016
Grand Théâtre de Provence, Aix-en-Provence

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Past tour
Southbank Centre with Maria João Pires
Europe, May 2015
The Budapest Festival Orchestra return to the Southbank Centre in London for a concert starring Maria João Pires playing Mozart, and a performance of Brahms Symphony No.1.

The concert opens with Mozart’s Overture from Magic Flute, a preview for audiences ahead of the full opera comes to the Southbank Centre in May 2016.

Conducted by Iván Fischer the concert forms part of a wider European tour for the Festival Orchestra.


20 May 2015
Royal Festival Hall, London

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Past tour
Hong Kong, China and Taipei with Renaud Capuçon
Asia, March 2014
The Budapest Festival Orchestra completed a highly successful tour of Asia in March 2014 which saw them perform Mozart’s Symphony No.40 and Bruckner’s magnificent Ninth Symphony.

With a residency at the Hong Kong Arts Festival they also performed Glazunov’s Violin Concerto with Intermusica's Renaud Capuçon. The tour also took in Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts (9 March), Shanghai’s Grand Theatre (12 March) and Taipei’s National Concert Hall (14 and 15 March).

Between the concerts, the orchestra offered masterclasses, open rehearsals, pre-concert talks and community and outreach work with young students, children in hospitals, orphanages and also senior citizens at a Shanghai community home.


6 March 2014
Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong

7 March 2014
Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Hong Kong

9 March 2014
National Centre for Performing Arts, Beijing

12 March 2014
Shanghai Grand Theatre, Shanghai

14 March 2014
National Concert Hall, Taipei

15 March 2014
National Concert Hall, Taipei 

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