Budapest Festival Orchestra

Source: Budapest Festival OrchestraNovember/29/2021

When Iván Fischer founded the Budapest Festival Orchestra together with Zoltán Kocsis 35 years ago. Core of the philosophy of the orchestra is the total absence of daily routine. It is about taking the risk, the initiative and freedom to do things differently. The Festival Orchestra is driven by an openness towards the new and the unknown, by curiosity and attention to details. It is the innovative approach to music; the musician’s dedication and their permanent strive for excellence that made Budapest Festival Orchestra the youngest of the top 10 ranked ensembles in the world.
The orchestra’s outstanding performances – its inventiveness and the distinct ensemble tone have led to numerous accolades. It has won two Gramophone Awards, the ‘Oscars of classical music’, and has been nominated for a Grammy. Along with the concerts, BFO is making ever more frequent appearances at alternative venues – in nursing homes, abandoned synagogues, hospitals, child care institutions, prisons and schools – where it can create an intimate connection with the audience.
The innovative concerts include Dancing on the Square and The Autism-friendly Cocoa Concerts. Through the community and musical education programs, the Budapest Festival Orchestra continuously strives to bring the beauty of classical music to every age group and stratum of society. It connects people, helping to build and strengthen communities with the power and beauty of music.

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