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The Budapest Strings Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1977 with the recently graduated students of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. In 1982 the orchestra won the Belgrade International Chamber Orchestra Competition.

Since 1983 the Budapest Strings has given concert series in the Great Hall of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music and has also been frequently performed at the Budapest Vigadó /Redoute/, the Great Hall of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and almost in all important concert halls in Budapest and Hungary.

In 1995 the Budapest Strings established and started to organize the International Haydn Festival in Fertőd at the gorgeus Eszterhazy Castle with the participation of such renowned musicians as Andrea Rost, Jenő Jandó, Reinhold Friedrich, Miklós Perényi, András Ágoston, Irena Grafenauer, Lajos Lencsés, Béla Drahos, Nicolas Daniel etc.

The orchestra now constitutes one of the world's leading ensembles which gives concerts worldwide with outstanding artists: György Pauk, Zoltán Kocsis, Kristóf Baráti, László Fenyő, Josef Suk, Maria Kliegel, Peter Frankl, Stefan Vladar, Michael Martin Kofler, Paula Robison, Guy Touvron, Eugene Rousseau. They regularly appear in the concert halls of Europe, the United States, South America and Japan. They are frequent guests at international music festivals like: Budapest Spring Festival, Carinthian Summer (Austria), Danubius Festival (Italy), Norwich, Canterbury, Cricklade Festivals (England) Walloon Festival (Belgium) and Lancut (Poland).

Their concerts are often broadcasted live or recorded on radio and television in different countries. They recorded CDs for various recording companies: Hungaroton, Nuova Era, Naxos, Laserlight, Capriccio. The Budapest Strings has an exclusive contract with Delta Music for whom they recorded more than 40 CDs. Series of recordings have also been issued, including the world premiere recording of the complete Sinfonia Concertantes by Johann Christian Bach.

All members of the Orchestra frequently perform in smaller chamber ensembles and give concerts both at home and abroad.

From 2009 the Orchestra presents an exclusive concert series, the so-called Royal Concert Series, in the gorgeous Grand Ballroom of Hotel Corinthia Budapest. In this series the most prominent representatives of Hungarian performers have been invited, like Andrea Rost, Miklos Perenyi, Vilmos Szabadi...

The Budapest Strings strives to attract the audience and the young generation with new ideas and concept for their concerts. The ensemble frequently introduces young talented performers and composers for the public. The orchestra is a renowned participant of the Hungarian cultural life and has been invited to prestigious international stages, too.

In 2001 the chamber orchestra was awarded the Bartók-Pásztori Prize, which is one of the highest musical award in Hungary. In 2006 they received the artistic award of the Hungarian Club Society, and in 2008 a special prize by Artisjus. In 2009, as a result of the categorization of the Hungarian professional music ensembles, the Budapest Strings became one of the two Chamber Orchestras which received the highest degree.

The Artistic Director of the Ensemble is the legendary cellist Károly Botvay. Since 2012 their Concert master is János Pilz.


Performances at the Opera Festival:

12. 06. 2016.
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Concert by the Women’s Choir of the Béla Bartók Music Institute

18:00 h
Choral works by contemporary composers – György Orbán, Levente Gyöngyösi, Miklós Kocsár, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Pablo Casals – and classics... | go to event page »

Bluebeard + Aleksandr Scriabin: Prometheus: The Poem of Fire | Béla Bartók: Bluebeard’s Castle

21:00 h
“...an encounter of operatic and symphonic poetry...” Aleksandr Scriabin: Prometheus: The Poem of Fire a concert with light show Lighting... | go to event page »

Albin Fries: Nora

19:00 h
Winner of the 2018 Opera Composition Competition Opera in three acts, in German In the main roles: Sonnenfels – Pedro Velázquez Díaz Arthur... | go to event page »

Igudesman& Joo – A Little Nightmare Music Show

18:00 h
Just when you thought it was safe... The concert begins. The music is sublime. Not even a pin would dare drop. Suddenly, a cellphone rings and... | go to event page »

OPERA FOR THOUSANDS – Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana (Rustic Chivalry)

21:15 h
Opera in one act, in Italian “Opera for Thousands” presenting immortal masterpieces of world operatic literature will feature Pietro... | go to event page »

Pietro Mascagni: Iris

19:00 h
Opera in two parts, three acts, in Italian Libretto: Luigi Illica Guest performance of the Josef Kajetán Tyl Theatre (Plzen, Czech) Cast:... | go to event page »

3 Tenors – Concluding Gala Performance

19:00 h
Programme: Works by VERDI, PUCCINI, GUNOD, TCHAIKOVSKI, STRAUSS, DERACO, and other popular composers Soloists: Galeano Salas, István Horváth,... | go to event page »
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