Hungarian National Philharomonic Orchestra

Orchestra

Biography

The Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra has been one of Hungary’s leading symphony orchestras for over ninety years.

The era marked by the name of János Ferencsik and Kobayashi Ken-Ichiro was followed by a new chapter in the history of the orchestra when in 1997 Zoltán Kocsis became general music director.

In almost two decades the orchestra underwent renewal and - with versatility befitting a national symphony orchestra - it performs not only classical pieces, but also numerous other important works previously missing from the repertoire, including Hungarian music of the recent past and our days, and popular chamber music concerts and events for young people.

The Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra has performed the works of Richard Strauss, Debussy, Schoenberg, Ravel and Rachmaninov in some ambitious, void-filling projects, and importantly it also promotes the cause of 20th and 21st-century contemporary Hungarian music.

The oeuvre of Bartók features prominently in the repertoire of the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, with many authoritative interpretations recorded in the Bartók New Series. Zoltán Kocsis’s piano transcriptions of works by Debussy, Rachmaninov and Bartók have also enjoyed popularity.

Subscription concerts have featured world-famous guest soloists and conductors, as well as highly gifted young Hungarian musicians.

The orchestra has appeared in the greatest venues and festivals around the world, including the Avery Fisher Hall in New York, the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Birmingham Symphony Hall, the Megaron in Athens, the Bozar Centre in Brussels, the Enescu Festival in Romania, as well as the Colmar and Canary Islands Festivals.
In the past 15 years the orchestra has given over 300 concerts in some 40 countries, and is a returning guest in France, Japan, Germany, Romania, Spain, Slovakia and Slovenia.

Recently the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra has also performed at the Beethoven Festival in Bogotá, in Istanbul, South Korea, and within the 2016-2017 season is due to give concerts again in Romania, Japan, Poland, Spain and in China.

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