The Budapest Festival Orchestra is rated among the top orchestras in the world. The orchestra regularly performs at the most important concert venues of the international music scene, including Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York, the Musikverein in Vienna and the Royal Albert Hall and Barbican Centre in London. They have repeatedly been invited to perform at international festivals, such as the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Salzburg Festival and the Edinburgh International Festival.
Iván Fischer is the founder and Music Director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra. He is an honorary conductor of Berlin’s Konzerthaus and Konzerthausorchester. In recent years he has also gained a reputation as a composer, with his works being performed in the United States, the Netherlands, Belgium, Hungary, Germany and Austria. He has directed a number of successful opera productions, and, in 2018, founded the Vicenza Opera Festival.
All the upcoming concerts can be found in BFO’s concert calendar.
„The Budapest Festival Orchestra has, under its director of music Iván Fischer, become one of Europe’s most important ensembles… Fischer is a dynamic leader and refuses to play by the book – which is why he gets the results he does.“
BBC Music Magazine, September 2021
„It’s one of those performances that makes one think of the piece differently and that in itself is cause for celebration and reassassement.“
Gramophone, 11th June 2021
Acknowledged as “the finest chamber orchestra in the world” (BBC 2 Television), the Chamber Orchestra of Europe was founded in 1981 by a group of young musicians graduating from the European Union Youth Orchestra. Of that original group, thirteen remain in the current core membership of around sixty.
Performances are given regularly in the major cities of Europe and occasionally in the USA and the Far East. The COE has strong links with the Lucerne Festival and also with many of the major concert halls in Europe. These include the Philharmonie de Paris, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Cologne Philharmonie, the Philharmonie Luxembourg and the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden.
Over the years the COE has performed with many of the world’s greatest artists. The Orchestra developed especially close relationships with the late Claudio Abbado and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Now, it is fortunate to be working very closely with Bernard Haitink, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Sir András Schiff, who are all Honorary Members, and has forged strong artistic partnerships with Pierre Laurent Aimard, Lisa Batiashvili, Janine Jansen, Vladimir Jurowski, Leonidas Kavakos, Sir Antonio Pappano and Robin Ticciati.
„There are worse ways to start the day than with four Mozart Salzburg divertimenti: all the better when performed in Salzburg and with such distinction and evident affection as was brought to them by soloists from the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.“
Seen and heard international, 26th January 2020
„At its end, this “dream team” of players and conductor took thunderous applause.“
Bachtrack, 20th August 2018
SELECTION OF PROJECTS (2023/24)
1 – 2 Dezember 2023
Antonio Pappano, conductor / Beatrice Rana, piano
R. Schumann: Piano concerto in A minor, Op. 54
J. Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 74
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26 May – 3 June 2024
András Schiff, conductor and piano
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W. A. Mozart: Rondo for Piano and Orchestra in D major, K. 382 Op. 61
F. Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759
W. Lutoslawski: Musique funèbre [Muzyka żałobna] (1958)
B. Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3 in E major, Sz. 119, BB 127
Chamber Orchestra of Europe © Julia Wessely
PAST CONCERTS – A SELECTION
5 October 2020
Sir Simon Rattle, conductor / Vilde Frang, violin
L. v. Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61
J. Haydn: Symphony No. 90 in C major, Hob. I/90
6 October 2019
J. Haydn: Overture to L’isola disabitata in G minor, Hob Ia:13 / Haydn: Piano Concerto No. 11 in D major / Symphony No. 88 in G major
F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25 / Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 “The Italian”