A Celebration of Spring in Budapest – The 35th Budapest Spring Festival

Between 10 and 26 April, 2015 the Hungarian capital is once again Europe's bustling centre of culture, where classical music concerts are accompanied by opera, ballet, jazz, world music, crossover, dance and theatre performances, as well as events in the visual arts.

The Festival is a fantastic opportunity to discover, or revisit, one of the world's most exciting cities, and enjoy the multiculturalism of the city centre, delight in the World Heritage sites, visit renowned cultural institutions and the unique ruin pubs, and unwind in the lavish thermal baths.

Whilst the Budapest Spring Festival was remodelled last year, it continues to pay especial attention to a major Hungarian figure of international musical history, Franz Liszt, whose person – thanks to his legendary virtuosity, artistic integrity and humility, European sensitivity and patriotism – keeps fascinating music lovers, and is a highly appropriate symbol of the Festival's universal message about the significance of culture.
It is in honour of an inspired interpreter of Liszt's works, Georges Cziffra, that pianist János Balázs selected the pieces of his concert programme. Liszt's monumental Dante can be heard as part of a special crossover production. Paolo Miccichè's show, DanteXperience, in which the role of the narrator is performed by Chiara Muti, wife of conductor Vittorio Bresciani, is made an unforgettable experience by the modern lighting and screening solutions.  The performance also celebrates another notable anniversary: Dante Alighieri wrote the Divine Comedy, one of the cornerstones of European culture, 550 years ago. This anniversary also inspires us to focus on Italian culture and Italian works at the Festival. Leo Nucci, one of today's most sought-after Verdi baritones, brings a delightful selection from the most popular of Verdi's arias to the a Festival. In addition to Haydn's works, Italian cellist phenomenon Mario Brunello and the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra also performs a real treat, Nino Rota's piece for the cello. The Neapolitan Teatro di San Carlo is the world's oldest opera house, and the guest performance of its company is undoubtedly a highlight of the Festival. They bring Verdi's three-act opera, Luisa Miller to Budapest, with the Romanian world star, Elena Mosuc in the title role. Italian star tenor Fabio Sartori features in the role of Radames in the Hungarian State Opera's new production of Verdi's Aida.

The Hungarian National Philharmonic presents world stars at the Festival: on the opening day, conductor Zoltán Kocsis and the orchestra are joined by a celebrated artist of the Russian pianist school, Denis Matsuev, while on 23 April, Bertrand de Billy wields the baton at an evening performance which includes a delightfully airy piece by Liszt, and a rarely-heard cantata by Berlioz.
The world-famous conductors who visit the Festival include Kirill Petrenko and Vladimir Ashkenazy. Petrenko directs at the helm of the Bavarian State Orchestra, which was founded in the 16th century, and which performs, among other things, Karl Amadeus Hartmann's last work. The solo of this piece is to be sung by Christian Gerhaher, who was awarded the Rheingau Music Prize in 2009, in acknowledgement of his outstanding contribution to contemporary musical life. Grammy Award-winning Vladimir Ashkenazy, who is renowned as a conductor, pianist and chamber musician, conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Budapest Spring Festival, at a concert that features Julian Rachlin, and presents one of the most popular violin concertos of all times, Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D major. A rarely performed baroque opera, Johann Adolf Hasse's Siroe, King of Persia is also in the programme of the Festival, with one of today's celebrated countertenors, Max Emanuel Cencic in the title role, and Russian soprano Julia Lezhneva as his partner. New York's Grammy Award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra come with a programme that includes Wagner, Bartók and Haydn, as well as a work newly commissioned from Fazil Say and premiered in 2015. In addition to Mozart pieces, the Salzburg-based, ECHO Klassik laureate Hagen Quartet performs Jörg Widmann's grand composition of a single slow movement. A celebrated performer of the international concert scene, Japanese cellist Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi makes a return to Budapest where his career took off towards world fame. His partner is the splendid Hungarian pianist, Adrienne Krausz, who lives in Switzerland. Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča, who has made a name for herself in classical and bel canto roles, presents an evening of arias she has sung in the world's leading opera houses, with the British Karel Mark Chichon conducting the orchestra. The Schubert Quartet aims to conjure up the mood of the 19th-century salons of Vienna at its Budapest performance. Featuring four great singers (Christiane Oelze, Birgit Remmert, Markus Schäfer, Güra and Konrad Jarnot) along with piano and fortepiano player Eric Schneider, the ensemble's record, a selection of Schubert's lieder, duets, trios and quartets of the most diverse arrangements, was a sensation last year. Along with international stars, Hungarian favourites are also to be featured. Dezső Ránki and Concerto Budapest are to undertake a great enterprise when performing six of Mozart's piano concertos at two concerts on the same day. István Várdai earned distinction last year by winning the ARD Cello Competition. At a concert with Julien Quentin, the young talent examines the cello literature over almost 150 years, from Schumann to Dutilleux. The first non-French professor of the Paris Conservatoire, László Fassang is among the most sought-after organists internationally. The programme of his concert at the Festival offers a cross section of centuries of the organ literature.

The joint concert of two long-standing ensembles promises to be a unique encounter: Amadinda Percussion Group, celebrating its 30th anniversary, plays with another legend, Muzsikás, now 40 years old, evoking cultures ancient and new, in and outside Europe. Norwegian jazz trumpeter Arve Henriksen and the Oslo-based vocal trio Trio Mediæval uniquely blend Norwegian folk with medieval and contemporary classical music, and also enrich their Budapest programme with improvisations. Four concert pianos on the stage make for a special experience. The Gershwin Piano Quartet throws a new light on the music of legendary American pianist and composer George Gershwin and his famous contemporaries. Bálna, the "whale" by the Danube, also hosts captivating events, including the first performance on the continent of the musical project called Alice in Wonderland. For the twelve chapters of Lewis Carroll's novel for children, well-known musicians have written pieces, including Mark-Anthony Turnage, Elvis Costello, Ilja Gringolts, and Carl Davis.

Lovers of jazz are also in for some real treats: David Sanborn, six-time Grammy laureate saxophonist, who is also active as a composer and film actor, presents the new album of 2015, while Hungarian saxophone player Mihály Dresch prepares with a comprehensive performance that showcases all the modes of expression that characterize his art. Two legendary virtuosos of the cimbalom, Kálmán Balogh and Miklós Lukács  also introduce their new record, a collection of folk-inspired jazz improvisations. In the person of Kevin Mahogany, the Spring Festival welcomes one of today's greatest jazz singers. The velvety-toned American baritone brings his latest album to Budapest, The Vienna Affair.

Devotees of world music can meet someone who was born to sing fado, the magical Ana Moura. A highly-praised virtuoso of the Arabic lute, Tunisian-born Dhafer Youssef brings along the material of his most recent album, Birds Requiem. Szilvia Bognár, Ágnes Herczku and Ágnes Szalóki present contemporary interpretations of Hungarian folk songs. Sitar player Nishat Khan and the Saint Ephraim Men's Choir bring about a meeting of cultures at a performance that embraces a special musical dialogue between Islam and Christianity—something of particular relevance today.

The Dutch NDT (Nederlands Dans Theater), a company whose work in modern dance is acknowledged the world over, bring their latest, 2014 production to Hungary. Wayne McGregor, one of today's celebrated choreographers, looks at the beauty of movement and the human body with the lyrical Atomos, a joint production with the Random Dance company. The show arrives in Budapest as part of its worldwide tour. Premiered at the Festival, the Pál Frenák Company's new production, BIRDIE considers the walls we raise inside and around ourselves, our limits and limitations, and how to overcome them. The Hungarian National Ballet Company present their new production of Swan Lake at the Festival, with the choreography of Rudi van Dantzig. The Festival awaits those who are interested in Hungarian folk dance with the revival of a legendary production, the Hungarian Wedding Feast: Ferenc Novák's choreography was first presented in March 1990, on the day of the country's first free parliamentary elections. For what is sure to be one of the highlights of the Festival, the tremendously successful piece is revived on its 25th anniversary with the subtitle Silver Anniversary.

It is a little-known fact that Oscar-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond has another passion beside film, photography, and that he would take out his camera in the breaks of shootings to capture a face of Hollywood that is unknown to the wider public. Ludwig Museum's new exhibition celebrates the oeuvre of the artist on his 85th birthday with a selection of his photos.

For the second time now, the National Theatre holds the Madách International Theatre Meeting (MITEM) during the festival. With leading companies from thirteen countries – including France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Ukraine, Romania, Macedonia and Russia –, the extensive meeting  hosts performances like Jan Bosse's production for the Burgtheater, Vienna, and Luk Perceval's direction for Hamburg's Thalia Theater.

The Festival inhabits the entire city, with musicians, dancers and performances appearing in the most unexpected places—even involving willing passers-by along the way. Special installations are scheduled to pop up all over the city, including what was last year's massive favourite with photographers, the vast Budapest sign.
 

For further information on the programme of the Festival and how to purchase tickets, please visit www.bsf.hu.

 

10 April, Friday

Ludwig Museum | 11 am
Photography: Vilmos Zsigmond
An exhibition jointly organized with Ludwig Museum
 

Pesti Vigadó – Banquet Hall | 5 pm
Erika Naganuma's piano recital
The most successful participant of the Franz Liszt Seminar, Sapporo
Haydn: Sonata in C major, Hob. XVI/50
Chopin–Liszt: Six Polish Songs, S.480 – excerpt
Liszt: Poetic and Religious Harmonies – excerpts
Debussy: Pour le piano
Toru Takemitsu: Lex Yeux Clos – In Memory of Shuzo Takiguchi
Prokofiev: Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, op. 83
 

Erkel Theatre | 6 pm
Verdi: Aida
The King of Egypt: István Kovács
Amneris, daughter of the king: Erika Gál
Aida, an Ethiopian princess: Csilla Boross
Radames, Captain of the Guard: Fabio Sartori
Ramfis, high Priest: András Palerdi
Amonasro, King of Ethiopia: Anatolij Fokanov
High Priestess: Szilvia Vörös
Messenger: Gergely Boncsér
Featuring: the Orchestra and Choir of the Hungarian State Opera
Conductor: Gergely Kesselyák
Director: János Mohácsi
 

Palace of Arts – Béla Bartók National Concert Hall | 7.30 pm
Denis Matsuev and the Hungarian National Philharmonic
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, op. 30
Schumann: Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, op. 97, "Rhenish"
Conductor: Zoltán Kocsis
 

Pesti Vigadó – Banquet Hall | 7:30 pm
Károly Mocsári (piano) and the Attitude Quartet
Goldmark: Ballad, op. 54
Debussy: Trio in G major
Goldmark: Quintet in C sharp-minor
Goldmark: Trio in E minor, op. 33
Dohnányi: Quintet in C minor, op. 1
Members of the quartet: Sára Deák, Anna Mária Rovó – violin, Tamás Szabó – viola, Ramóna Rádli – cello
 

Academy of Music – Main Hall | 8 pm
Mihály Dresch: New Beginning
Featuring: Róbert Kerényi – recorder, Balázs Vizeli – violin, Antal Brasnyó – viola, Sándor Csoóri Jr.– viola, András Bognár – double bass, Tamás Bősze – folk drum, László Szlama – cithern, Dresch Quartet
Members of the quartet: Mihály Dresch – wind instruments, Miklós Lukács – cimbalom, Péter Ajtai – double bass, István Baló – drums

 

11 April, Saturday

Fővám Square / Szent István Square / Nyugati Square / Heroes' Square
A Parade to Welcome Spring
 

Bálna Budapest | 11 am – 5 pm
Family weekend at Bálna
 

Bálna Budapest – Event Hall | 5 pm
Alice in Wonderland
Musical adventures in the realm of the imagination
Sally Beamish: Preface, All in the Golden Afternoon
Roxanna Panufnik: Down the Rabbit Hole
Mark-Anthony Turnage: The Pool of Tears
Stuart MacRae: A Caucus Race and a Long Tale
Poul Ruders: The Rabbit Sends in a Little Bill
Elvis Costello: Advice from a Caterpillar
Carl Davis: Pig and Pepper
Stephen Hough: A Mad Tea Party
Richard Dubugnon: The Queen's Croquet Ground
Ilya Gringolts: The Mock Turtle's Story
Colin Matthews: The Lobster Quadrille
Gwilym Simcock: Who Stole the Tarts?
Augusta Read Thomas: Alice's Evidence
Featuring: Ashley Wass – piano, Matthew Trusler – violin
Narrator: Anna Györgyi
 

Palace of Arts – Festival Theatre | 7 pm
Best of Literarium I.
Featuring: János Térey, János Háy, Orsolya Karafiáth, Dániel Varró, László Garaczi, Krisztián Grecsó, Veronika Harcsa, Bálint Gyémánt, Bea Palya, Dongó Balázs Szokolay
Host: Alinda Veiszer
Series editor: Tibor Keresztury
Director: Eszter Novák
 

Budapest Jazz Club | 7 pm and 9:30 pm
Kevin Mahogany presents his new album
Featuring: Erwin Schmidt – piano, Martin Spitzer – guitar, Joschi Schneeberger – double bass, Mario Gonzi – percussion
An event jointly organized with the Budapest Jazz Club.
 

Palace of Arts – Béla Bartók National Concert Hall | 7.30 pm
Milestones – László Fassang's organ recital
Compositions by J. S. Bach, Grigny, Frescobaldi, C. Franck, Liszt, Dupré, Messiaen, Alain and Vierne.

Pesti Vigadó – Banquet Hall | 7:30 pm
Taeguk Mun (cello) and Hungarian Radio Symphonic Orchestra
Brahms: Academic Festival Overture, op. 80
Schumann: Cello Concerto in A minor
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, op. 67 ("Fate")
Conductor: János Kovács

 

12 April, Sunday

Academy of Music – Main Hall | 11 am
Dezső Ránki and Concerto Budapest
W. A. Mozart: Piano Concerto in E flat major, K. 271
W. A. Mozart: Piano Concerto in E flat major, K. 449
W. A. Mozart: Piano Concerto in G major, K. 453
Conductor: András Keller
An event jointly organized with the Academy of Music.
 

Bálna Budapest | 11 am – 5 pm
Family weekend at Bálna
 

Public spaces in Budapest | 12.15 am
Street Art Project Performances: BDPST IN MOVE
Featuring: Gabriella Bathó, Tímea Takács, Emese Nagy, Kata Szilágyi, Eszter Kökényesi, Boglárka Varga, Gabriella Pálfi
Choreography: Pálfi Gabriella
Artistic director: Gabriella Pálfi, Kata Szilágyi
 

Palace of Arts – Béla Bartók National Concert Hall | 7.30 pm
Dohnányi Orchestra Budafok
Faces of Love – The Frivolous
Petrovics: Lysistrate
Orff: Catulli Carmina
Featuring: Ildikó Szakács, Lúcia Megyesi Schwartz, István Horváth – voice, Szeged Contemporary Dance Company, Budapest Academic Choir Society (choirmaster: Csaba Tőri), Cantemus Mixed Choir (choirmaster: Soma Szabó), Talamba Percussion Group
Director, choreographer: Tamás Juronics
Conductor: Gábor Hollerung
An event jointly organized with the Dohnányi Orchestra Budafok.
 

Academy of Music – Main Hall | 7.30 pm
Dezső Ránki and Concerto Budapest
W. A. Mozart: Piano Concerto in A major, K. 414
W. A. Mozart: Piano Concerto in A major, K. 488
W. A. Mozart: Piano Concerto in B flat major, K. 595
Conductor: András Keller
An event jointly organized with the Academy of Music.
 

Pesti Vigadó – Banquet Hall | 7:30 pm
Kálmán Balogh and Miklós Lukács present their new album
Improvisations for two cimbaloms
 

Budapest Music Center – Opus Jazz Club | 9 pm
Juhani Aaltonen Trio
Members of the trio: Juhani Aaltonen – wind instruments, Ulf Krokfors – double bass, Reino Laine – percussion
An event jointly organized with the Budapest Music Center.

 

13 April, Monday

Budapest Puppet Theatre | 7 pm
Cabaret – premiere
Director: Róbert Alföldi
An event jointly organized with the Budapest Puppet Theatre.
 

Erkel Theatre | 7:30 pm
Leo Nucci sings Verdi arias
Nabucco – overture
Don Carlos – Rodrigo's aria (Felice ancor io son?… Per me giunto è il dì supremo; Io morrò, ma lieto in core)
Macbeth – ballet
Macbeth – Macbeth's aria (Perfidi, all'anglo contro me v'unite)
Aida – ballet
Luisa Miller – Miller's aria (Sacra è la scelta… ah fu giusto il mio sospetto)
Les vêpres siciliennes – overture
La traviata – Germont's aria (Di provenza il mar, il suol)
La traviata – Prelude to Act 1
Un ballo in maschera – Renato's aria (Alzati, la tuo figlio... Eri tu)
La forza del destino – overture
Rigoletto – Rigoletto's aria (Cortigiani, vil razza dannata)
Featuring: Hungarian Radio Symphonic Orchestra
Conductor: János Kovács
 

Pesti Vigadó – Banquet Hall | 7:30 pm
Gershwin Piano Quartet
Captivating sound, virtuosic performance – An evening with four pianos
Rachmaninoff: Vocalise and Tarantella
Scriabin: Prelude in C sharp minor
Prokofiev: Three excerpts from the film score of Lieutenant Kijé
Liebermann: Gargoyles – excerpts
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Suite
Gershwin: An American in Paris
Ireland: In a May Morning
Porter: Night and Day
Gershwin: Oh, Lady Be Good!
Bernstein: West Side Story – excerpts
Members of the quartet: André Desponds, Stefan Wirth, Benjamin Engeli, Mischa Cheung
 

Institute of Italian Culture | 7 pm
Beatrice Rana's piano recital
An event jointly organized with the Institute of Italian Culture.

 

14 April, Tuesday

Erkel Theatre | 6 pm
Verdi: Aida
Featuring: the Orchestra and Choir of the Hungarian State Opera
Conductor: Gergely Kesselyák
Director: János Mohácsi
See the programme under the 10 April date
 

Academy of Music – Main Hall | 7.30 pm
Schubert Quartet
Members of the quartet: Christiane Oelze – soprano, Birgit Remmert – alto, Markus Schäfer – tenor, Konrad Jarnot – baritone
Featuring: Eric Schneider – piano

 

15 April, Wednesday

Palace of Arts – Béla Bartók National Concert Hall | 8 pm
David Sanborn Band
Featuring: David Sanborn – saxophone, Ricky Peterson – keyboards, Richard Patterson – bass guitar, Gene Lake – guitar
 

Bálna Budapest – Event Hall | 8 pm
Fragile
A guest performance of Studio M, Sfântu Gheorghe
Performed by: László Bajkó, Eszter Nagy, Levente Orbán, Emília Polgár, László Szekrényes, Attila Veres Nagy
Music: Ferenc Orbán
Stage set, costumes: Zsuzsanna Bagoly
Director: Gábor Goda
Not recommended for audiences under the age of 16.
 

Budapest Music Center – Opus Jazz Club | 9 pm
Colin Vallon Trio
Members of the trio: Colin Vallon – piano, Patrice Moret – double bass, Julian Sartorius – drums
An event jointly organized with the Budapest Music Center.

 

16 April, Thursday

Pesti Vigadó – Banquet Hall | 5 pm
Budapest Cello Ensemble
Rossini: The Barber of Seville – Overture
J. S. Bach: Goldberg Variations – excerpts
Haydn: Cello Concerto in C major, 3rd movement
Levente Gyöngyössy: Divertimento
Piazzolla: Oblivio
László Melis: Cellomania – excerpt
The Beatles: Eleanor Rigby

Members of the ensemble: György Déri, Balázs Kántor, Mihály Simkó-Várnagy, Árpád Amirás, Endre Balog, Péter Boldoghy Kummert, Sándor Harangozó, Antónia Paláncz, Mariann Pleszkán, András Sturcz, Márton Szontagh, Marcell Vámos

Artistic director: Péter Boldoghy Kummert
 

Museum of Ethnography | 5 pm
From Szekler gates to towels
Gábor Szinte's collections
An event jointly organized with the Museum of Ethnography.
 

Budapest Jazz Club | 7 pm
Feast of Hungarian Jazz 2015
7 pm Band of the Etűd Secondary School of Music
8 pm Band of the Department of Jazz, Béla Bartók Secondary School of Music
9 pm Band of the Department of Art, Kodolányi János University
10 pm Band of the Department of Jazz, Liszt Academy of Music
An event jointly organized with the Budapest Jazz Club.
 

Palace of Arts – Béla Bartók National Concert Hall | 7.30 pm
Amadinda and Muzsikás
Members of Amadinda: Zoltán Rácz, Zoltán Váczi, Aurél Holló, Károly Bojtos
Members of Muzsikás: Mihály Sipos – violin, zither, voice, László Porteleki – violin, cithern, tambura, voice, Péter Éri – viola, tambura, mandolin, recorders, voice, Dániel Hamar – double bass, gardon, drum, voice
 

Pesti Vigadó – Banquet Hall | 7:30 pm
Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi (cello) and Adrienn Krausz (piano) in concert
Beethoven: Variations for Piano and Cello, WoO 46
Brahms: Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2 in F major, op. 99
Toshiro Mayuzumi: Bunraku
de Falla: Spanish suite
Bartók: Rhapsody No. 1
 

Budapest Music Center | 7.30 pm
Polina Pasztircsák (voice) and Jan Philip Schulze (piano) in concert
 

Bálna Budapest – Event Hall | 8 pm
Ana Moura sings fado
Featuring: Ângelo Freire – Portuguese guitar, Pedro Soares – acoustic guitar, André Moreira – acoustic bass guitar, João Gomes – keyboards, Mário Costa – drums, percussion

 

17 April, Friday

Budapest Jazz Club | 7 pm
Feast of Hungarian Jazz 2015
7 pm Opening, awards ceremony
7:30 pm The concert of the 2015 winner of the Szabó Gábor Prize
8:30 pm Szabolcs Oláh Quintet
9:30 pm Syrius Legacy
10:30 pm BJC Jam Session
An event jointly organized with the Budapest Jazz Club.
 

Palace of Arts – Festival Theatre | 7 pm
BIRDIE
The world premiere of the Compagnie Pál Frenák
An event jointly organized with the National Dance Theatre.
 

Palace of Arts – Béla Bartók National Concert Hall | 7.30 pm
Elīna Garanča and the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra
Glinka: Ruslan and Lyudmila – overture
Tchaikovsky: The Maid of Orleans – Joanna's aria
Massenet: Thaïs – Meditation
Saint-Saëns: Samson and Delilah – Delilah's aria (Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix)
Saint-Saëns: Samson and Delilah – Bacchanal
Gounod: Queen of Sheba – aria (Plus grand, dans son obscurité)
Three paso dobles
Bizet: Carmen – medley
Conductor: Karel Mark Chichon
 

Budapest Music Center – Concert Hall | 7:30 pm
Ditta Rohmann's cello recital
J. S. Bach: Suites for Solo Cello (No. 1, BWV 1007; No. 3, BWV 1009; No. 5, BWV 1011)
An event jointly organized with the Budapest Music Center.

 

18 April, Saturday

Kolibri Fészek | 3 pm
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22 April, Wednesday

Palace of Arts – Festival Theatre | 7 pm
B.R.I.S.A. / Schubert / Some Other Time / Subject To Change
The guest performance of the Nederlands Dans Theater 2 (NDT 2)
 

Budapest Music Center – Concert Hall | 7:30 pm
János Dobra and Budapest Tomkins Vocal Ensemble

 

23 April, Thursday

Palace of Arts – Festival Theatre | 7 pm
B.R.I.S.A. / Schubert / Some Other Time / Subject To Change
The guest performance of the Nederlands Dans Theater 2 (NDT 2)

Palace of Arts – Béla Bartók National Concert Hall | 7.30 pm
Bertrand de Billy and the Hungarian National Philharmonic
Liszt: Orpheus – symphonic poem
Berlioz: Tristia, op. 18 – cantata
Schubert – Liszt: Die Allmacht, D 852/L13
Schubert: Mass in E flat major, D 950
Featuring: Olga Bezsmertna, Gabriella Balga, Jörg Schneider, Szabolcs Brickner, András Palerdi – voice, National Choir (choirmaster: Mátyás Antal)
Conductor: Bertrand de Billy
 

Academy of Music – Main Hall | 7.30 pm
Hagen Quartet
W. A. Mozart: String Quartet in D major, K. 499 ("Hoffmeister")
Jörg Widmann: String Quartet No. 2
W. A. Mozart: String Quartet in B major, K. 589 ("Prussian")
Featuring: Lukas Hagen, Rainer Schmidt – violin, Veronika Hagen – viola, Clemens Hagen – cello
An event jointly organized with the Academy of Music.
 

Pesti Vigadó – Banquet Hall | 7:30 pm
Alex Szilasi plays Pleyel pianos
Kalkbrenner: Rondo Concertante in E flat major
Thalberg: Grandes Valses Brillantes, op. 47
Debussy: Estampes (Engravings)
Chopin: Barcarolle, op. 60
Brahms: Sonata in B minor, op. 58
 

Bálna Budapest – Event Hall | 8 pm
Dhafer Youssef / Birds Requiem Quintet
Members of the quintet: Dhafer Youssef – oud, Eivind Aarset – electric guitar, Kristjan Randalu – keyboards, Phil Donkin – double bass, Ferenc Németh – percussion
 

Budapest Music Center – Opus Jazz Club | 9 pm
Dance Without Answer
Featuring: Norma Winstone – voice, Glauco Venier – piano, Klaus Gesing – soprano saxophone, bass clarinet
An event jointly organized with the Budapest Music Center.

 

24 April, Friday

Hungarian National Gallery | 11 am
Fate and Symbol
Chapters from the history of Hungarian visual art in Transylvania, 1920–1990
 

Budapest Operetta Theatre | 7 pm
Ferenc Farkas: Csínom Palkó – premiere
Musical comedy in two acts
Main roles: Szilveszter Szabó P., András Máté Gömöri, Miklós Máté Kerényi, Károly Peller, Enikő Lévai, Bori Kállay, András Faragó, Gábor Dézsy Szabó, Marika Oszvald, Annamari Dancs, Péter Laki, Péter Marik, Zsuzsa Lehoczky, Lajos Csuha
Featuring: the Choir, Corps de Ballet and Orchestra of the Budapest Operetta Theatre
Conductor: Dániel Somogyi-Tóth
Stage set: Ági Gyarmathy
Musical director: László Makláry
Choreography: Bertalan Vári
Costumes: Kata Horváth
Director: Gábor Kerényi Miklós Kero®
 

Palace of Arts – Béla Bartók National Concert Hall | 7.30 pm
DanteXperience
Tchaikovsky: Francesca da Rimini – Symphonic fantasy after Dante, op. 32
Liszt: Dante Symphony
Featuring: Chiara Muti, Hungarian Radio Symphonic Orchestra, Angelica Girls' Choir (choirmaster: Zsuzsanna Gráf)
Conductor: Vittorio Bresciani
 

Academy of Music – Main Hall | 7.30 pm
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Bartók: Divertimento for String Orchestra
Fazil Say: Chamber Symphony
Haydn: Symphony No. 80 in D minor, Hob. I:80
An event jointly organized with the Academy of Music.
 

Papp László Budapest Sports Arena
Hungarian Wedding Feast – Silver Anniversary
Featuring: Katalin Szvorák, Hungarian State Folk Ensemble (artistic director: Gábor Mihályi), Danube Art Ensemble (artistic director: Zsolt Juhász), students of the Bihari János Dance Ensemble and Arts School (artistic director: Jolán Foltin), the Corps de Ballet and Obsitos Group of the Vasas Art Ensemble (artistic director: Antal Stoller), the heritage societies of Zoboralja and Kalotaszeg
Visual design: Edit Zeke
Director: Eszter Novák, Péter Novák
 

Matthias Church | 8 pm
Frieder Bernius and the Stuttgart Kammerchor in concert
Featuring: Danubia Orchestra Óbuda
 

Trafó – House of Contemporary Art | 8 pm
Wayne McGregor – Random Dance: Atomos
Performed by: Catarina Carvalho, Travis Clausen-Knight, Alvaro Dule, Michael-John Harper, Louis McMiller, Daniela Neugebauer, Anna Nowak, James Pett, Fukiko Takase, Jessica Wright
Music: A Winged Victory For The Sullen
Costumes: Studio XO
Concept, direction, stage set: Wayne McGregor
Choreography: Wayne McGregor, in cooperation with the dancers
An event jointly organized with Trafó House of Contemporary Arts.

 

25 April, Saturday

Hungarian State Opera | 7 pm
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake – premiere
Choreography: Rudi van Dantzig, after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov
Choreography of folk interlude: Toer van Schayk
 

Institute of Italian Culture | 7:30 pm
String Quartet of the Teatro di San Carlo
Puccini: I Crisantemi (Chrysanthemums)
W. A. Mozart: String Quartet No. 21 in D major, K. 575 ("Prussian Quartet")
Verdi: String Quartet in E minor
Members of the quartet: Cecilia Laca, Luigi Buonomo – violin, Antonio Bossone – viola, Luca Signorini – cello
An event jointly organized with the Institute of Italian Culture.
 

Budapest Music Center – Concert Hall | 7:30 pm
Arve Henriksen and the Trio Mediæval
Featuring: Arve Henriksen – trumpet, Anna Maria Friman – voice, violin, Hardanger fiddle, Linn Andrea Fuglseth, Berit Opheim – voice
An event jointly organized with the Budapest Music Center.
 

Bálna Budapest – Event Hall | 8 pm
Gyula Fekete: The Dream of the Red Room
Smetana: The Bartered Bride – overture
Gyula Fekete: The Dream of the Red Room – piano concerto
W. A. Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major, K 297b
Bizet: L'Arlésienne  – excerpts from Suites No. 1 & 2
Featuring: Claudia Yang – piano, Szilárd Karvaly – oboe, Géza Füke – clarinet, Edina Szalai – bassoon, Balázs Borbély – horn
Conductor: János Ács
 

Trafó – House of Contemporary Art | 8 pm
Wayne McGregor – Random Dance: Atomos
See the programme under the 24 April date
An event jointly organized with Trafó House of Contemporary Arts.

 

26 April, Sunday

Public spaces in Budapest | 12.15 am
Street Art Project Performances: BDPST IN MOVE
Featuring: Gabriella Bathó, Tímea Takács, Emese Nagy, Kata Szilágyi, Eszter Kökényesi, Boglárka Varga, Gabriella Pálfi
Choreography: Pálfi Gabriella
Artistic director: Gabriella Pálfi, Kata Szilágyi
 

Public spaces in Budapest | 5 pm
Chorus Gala – The Closing Event of the Festival
 

Radnóti Theatre| 7 pm
István Tasnádi: Spam Operetta
Director: Péter Rudolf
An event jointly organized with Radnóti Theatre.
 

Palace of Arts – Béla Bartók National Concert Hall | 7.30 pm
Teatro di San Carlo
Verdi: Luisa Miller – a concert performance
Featuring: Elena Mosuc, Luciano Ganci, Vitaliy Bilyy, Roberto Tagliavini, Nino Surguladze, Marco Spotti, Michela Antenucci, the Orchestra and Choir of the Teatro di San Carlo
Conductor: Daniele Rustioni
 

Budapest Music Center – Opus Jazz Club | 9 pm
Andy Sheppard Quartet
Members of the quartet: Andy Sheppard – tenor and soprano saxophone, Eivind Aarset – guitar, electronics, Michel Benita – double bass, Sebastian Rochford – drums
An event jointly organized with the Budapest Music Center.