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March 14th
Academy of Music, 7:30 pm

Welcome to Spring
 Britten: Spring Symphony
Kodály: Budavári Te Deum
 Conductor: Malcolm Goldring
With: Ildikó Cserna, Éva Szonda, Richard Edgar-Wilson, László Jekl / vocal, ELTE Béla Bartók Chorus (choirmaster: Gábor Baross), Monteverdi Chamber Chorus (choirmaster: Éva Kollár), Óbuda Chamber Chorus (choirmaster: Ákos Erdős), Hungarian Radio Children’s Chorus (choirmaster: Gabriella Thész), and MATÁV Hungarian Symphony Orchestra
Director of the combined choruses: Gábor Baross
 Malcolm Goldring
He began his musical studies as an oboist at the Royal College of Music. During postgraduate training at Durham University he turned with increasing interest towards conducting orchestras and choirs. In this period he directed mainly the university orchestra and the university choral society. He has been active in many directions during his rich career and has taught in numerous British higher institutions of music education. In 1995 he was appointed music director of the Welsh College of Music and Drama. Since 1999 he has been Chief Executive of the British Federation of Young Choirs. The foreign guest soloist for his concert in Budapest will be Richard Edgar-Wilson who is much in demand in the international opera and concert world and regularly works with a number of leading conductors (Sir Charles Mackerras, Jeffrey Tate, Richard Hickox, Graham Johnson, Steuart Bedford, Trevor Pinnock and Roger Vignoles). He is regarded as an excellent interpreter of Bach, Mozart and Britten.

Malcolm Goldring

March 15th
Budapest Convention Centre, 7:30 pm

Lorin Maazel conducts the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
 Strauss: Rapsodie Espagnole
R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier – suite
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 (D major), op. 73
 Conductor: Lorin Maazel
 Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio
The orchestra was established in 1949, its first chief conductor was Eugen Jochum who held this post until 1960. He was succeeded by Rafael Kubelik who directed the orchestra from 1961 to 1979; in 1981 Kiril Kondrashin was appointed to the head of the ensemble, from 1983 Colin Davis held this position. Lorin Maazel has been chief conductor since 1993.
The list of guest conductors is very impressive, representing a slice of 20th century music history: Claudio Abbado, Luciano Berio, Leonard Bernstein, Karl Böhm, Pierre Boulez, Ferenc Fricsay, Carlo Maria Giulini, Bernard Haitink, Paul Hindemith, Joseph Keilberth, Rudolf Kempe, Erich Kleiber, Otto Klemperer, Clemens Krauss, Zubin Mehta, Darius Milhaud, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sir Georg Solti, Richard Strauss, Igor Stravinsky, Günter Wand.
Lorin Maazel
The famous American conductor Lorin Maazel began his concert career as a violinist. The first important stage in his international career was his London debut with the BBC Orchestra in 1960. In the same year he was the first American to be invited to Bayreuth (Lohengrin), where he returned in 1968/69 to conduct the Ring. He made his debut at the Metropolitan in 1962, conducting Mozart’s Don Giovanni. He has held positions as music director, artistic director or conductor with the world’s leading orchestras and opera houses and is a welcome guest conductor on all continents. He has made more than 350 recordings and is also active as a composer.

Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio

Lorin Maazel

March 16th
Academy of Music, 7:30 pm

Moscow Chamber Orchestra
 Prokofiev: Vision fugitives
Mozart: Piano concerto
Shostakovich: Chamber symphony, op. 110
Vivaldi: Concerto for four violins
Boccherini: Symphony Nr. 6 - La casa del diavolo
 Conductor: Constantine Orbelian
With: Gergely Bogányi / piano
 One of the world’s most sought after chamber orchestras was established in 1956 by the renowned violinist and conductor Rudolf Barshai. In the last half century in concerts all over the world the orchestra has represented Russian performing traditions with its high artistic standard and perfect technique. It has accompanied such soloists as Sviatoslav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovich and Vladimir Spivakov. Leading Russian composers, including Shostakovich, have written works for the ensemble. Since 1991 the ensemble has been directed by the American pianist and conductor Constantine Orbelian.

Constantine Orbelian

March 17th
Hungarian State Opera House, 7:30 pm

150-year-old Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra
 Tchaikovsky: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 (B flat minor), 2 (G major), and 3 (E flat major)
 Conductor: Rico Saccani
With: Denis Matsuev / piano
 Rico Saccani and the young Russian pianist, Denis Matsuev (1975) are bringing an unusual programme to the Budapest public. They will perform all three of Tchaikovsky’s piano concertos in a single concert. Each of these concertos is a challenge in itself. Denis Matsuev made his Budapest debut in January 2001, then too with Rico Saccani. The artist, only 23 years old at the time, dazzled the audience. Denis Matsuev burst onto the international concert scene like a comet. He won two competitions that guarantee an invitation to the top concert halls. In 1993 he won a competition in South Africa, then in 1998 the Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition. The latter is an especially great achievement because no first prize had been awarded for years before Matsuev’s victory. For his concert in Budapest in 2001 he played Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3. “Matsuev’s playing was marked by dazzlingly perfect technique and a sensitive musicality. Hearing that he was born in a place so remote from Europe one could imagine him to be a “rough diamond” or perhaps a “Siberian tiger” – someone with unpolished innate talent, whose playing is full of wildness and extreme exaggerations, ideas of questionable taste. The reality is that he performed the Rachmaninov 3rd Piano Concerto with great variety of colour and refinement. Rachmaninov’s composition is sufficiently long and varied to allow us to draw a full portrait of the artist. Unflagging technique and sonorous tone are only one feature of Matsuev’s musical portrait: on the other side there is softness, lyricism, emotional richness and sensitivity to colours. Even the most powerful symphonic fortissimo does not become raw in his hands, it always remains a clearly articulated musical expression. It is a great pleasure that we have been able to hear him in an early stage of his career: who knows whether Hungarian concert organisers will be able to pay for another performance in Budapest by Denis Matsuev in a few years’ time?" The critic concluded his review with this rhetorical question. The answer is to be found among the planned programmes for the 2003 Spring Festival.

Denis Matsuev

March 18th
Academy of Music, 7:30 pm

40-year-old Ferenc Liszt Chamber Orchestra
 Directed by: János Rolla
 The ensemble gave its first concert in 1963. Formed from string players in their final year at the Liszt Academy of Music, they soon attained a world-wide reputation. They have made over 200 records and performed with the greatest musicians of our time. They have their own festival (Zemplén Arts Days) and also organise the yearly National Chamber Orchestra Colloquium and Course. Their first music director was Sándor Frigyes. Since his death in 1979 this post has been held by János Rolla.

Ferenc Liszt Chamber Orchestra

March 18th
Italian Institute of Culture, 7:30 pm

“Campania province greets
Cappella della Pietà de' Turchini
 The golden age of Neapolitan opera buffa
Extracts from comic operas by Domenico Sarri, Leonardo Vinci, Giovanni Paisiello and Domenico Cimarosa
 Conductor: Antonio Florio

Cappella della Pietà de' Turchini

March 19th
HAS Ceremonial Hall, Roosevelt tér, 7:30 pm

Budapest-Tokyo Ensemble
 Mozart: Serenade in B flat major (Grand partita), K 361
Stravinsky: L’histoire du soldat –
semi-staged performance
 Artistic director: Kálmán Berkes
István Hirtling
Gábor Hevér
Balázs Dévai
Sungeun Lee
Directed by: András Almási-Tóth
 Kálmán Berkes
Clarinettist, conductor; he earned his diploma at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in 1972.
In the early years of his career he won a number of prestigious competition prizes (Geneva, Belgrade, Munich), was first clarinettist in a number of leading Hungarian orchestras (Hungarian State Opera House Orchestra, Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra) and acquired a great reputation in Hungary and abroad as a soloist and chamber musician. He founded a number of wind ensembles (Opera Wind Quintet, Budapest Wind Ensemble), has made numerous recordings for various labels (Hungaroton, EMI-Quint, Teldec, Decca), and is a frequent guest at international festivals. He regularly conducts, holds master courses and serves as a jury member for competitions all over the world; for the past decade he has been guest professor at the Musashino Academy in Tokyo and artistic director of the Budapest-Tokyo Ensemble.

Kálmán Berkes

March 19th
Academy of Music, 7:30 pm

Harp recital by Andrea Vigh
 Saint-Saëns: Fantasia, op. 95
Saint-Saëns: Fantasia, op. 126
Saint-Saëns: Morceau de Concert, op. 154
Debussy: Songs - Beau Soir;
Romance; Nuit d'étoiles
Debussy: Claire de lune
Debussy: Chansons de Bilitis
Debussy: Two dances
 Conductor: Zoltán Kocsis
With: Júlia Hajnóczy / vocal, Katalin Károlyi / prose, Vilmos Szabadi / violin, Budapest Mozart Orchestra

Andrea Vigh

March 20th
Academy of Music, 7:30 pm

NDR Symphony Orchestra Hannover
 Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber
Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations, op. 33
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 (A major), op. 92
 Conductor: Eiji Oue
With: Clemens Hagen / cello
 The ensemble, formed in 1950 as the Hannover Radio Orchestra, is now one of the leading German orchestras. Besides the traditional orchestral repertoire it is also at home in the lighter genres such as operetta, jazz and musicals. The orchestra was directed for 25 years by Willy Steiner. From 1976 it was under the direction of Bernhard Klee, Zdenek Macal, Aldo Ceccato, then from 1991 to 1995 was again headed by Bernhard Klee. In 1998 Eiji Oue became the orchestra’s principal conductor, accompanying the orchestra on its big concert tour of Spain and Brazil in 1999. In 2000 the orchestra celebrated its 50th anniversary with a series of special concerts.

Clemens Hagen is cellist of the excellent Austrian quartet, the Hagen Quartet, and a soloist much in demand in European concert halls. Millions of people have heard the quartet as the Hagen Quartet also appeared in the Vienna New Year’s Concert 2002 which was broadcast around the world. Their recent Bartók CD earned praise from critics in the world’s music magazines. Recordings by the quartet and Clemens Hagen are made and issued under the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon label. Clemens Hagen studied in Salzburg. His teachers included Heinrich Schiff, Walter Levin and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. In recent years, besides giving concerts he has been teaching in the Salzburg Mozarteum. In Budapest he will perform one of the pearls of concerto music for the cello, Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations.

Eiji Oue was born in Hiroshima. He regards as his masters Seiji Ozawa, Sergiu Celibidache, Claudio Abbado, Sir Colin Davis, Kurt Masur and above all Leonard Bernstein. He has conducted many American and Japanese orchestras and is a welcome guest of the leading German orchestras.

NDR Symphony Orchestra

Eiji Oue

Clemens Hagen

March 21st
Academy of Music, 7:30 pm

10-year-old Danubia Youth Symphony Orchestra
 Britten: Four Sea Interludes
Walton: Violin concerto
Elgar: Enigma variations, op. 36
 Conductor: Sir Neville Marriner
With: Barnabás Kelemen / violin
 Sir Neville Marriner is one of the greatest conductors of our time. He was born in Lincoln, England in 1924. He began his career as a chamber musician (as a violinist in the Martin String Quartet). In the forties his interest turned to the music of the 17th–18th centuries. He studied conducting with Pierre Monteux. From 1952 he was a violinist with the Philharmonia Orchestra and from 1956 to 1968 he was principal second violin with the London Symphony Orchestra. During this time he founded the Virtuoso String Trio and then in 1959 the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields which has since become world famous. He has earned many record prizes with the orchestra.
His recordings are issued by such leading firms as Decca and Philips. He has one of the longest discographies of any artist. His repertoire ranges from the popular Baroque orchestral works (Vivaldi, Bach, Handel), through Mozart to the 20th century English classics (Elgar, Williams, Britten). His recordings have stood the test of time and have been reissued again and again. In 1969 he also took over the direction of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. He has also headed the Northern Sinfonia (1971–73), the Minnesota Orchestra (1978–86) and was artistic director of the Michigan Meadowbrook Festival (1979–84). He returned to Europe in 1986 as music director of the Stuttgart RSO (until 1989). He was knighted in 1985 and has since been the ambassador of British music. The programme for his planned concert in Budapest features such popular English works as Elgar’s Enigma Variations, Walton’s Violin Concerto and the Sea Interludes from Britten’s opera, Peter Grimes. Sir Neville Marriner is a highly versatile artist and an excellent teacher. Not only the public but also the orchestra have great expectations for his appearance with the Danubia Youth Orchestra.
 In 2001 the orchestra won the title of National Youth Orchestra.

Sir Neville Marriner

March 22nd
Academy of Music, 7:45 pm

20-year-old Budapest Festival Orchestra
 Vasks: Cantabile for Strings
Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, op. 47
Brahms: Symphony No. 1, op. 68
 Conductor: Yakov Kreizberg
With: Vadim Repin / violin
 Vadim Repin, world-famous Russian violinist, was born in 1971. Many people regard him – together with Maxim Vengerov – as the most talented violinist of his generation. In contrast with Vengerov, he accepts fewer public appearances outside music, preferring to devote his creativity entirely to music. His career too, began by winning a competition; he was only 11 years old when he won the Wieniawski Competition in Poznan. His international career started with a performance in England (he has been living in England ever since). In 1988 he won the Tibor Varga Competition and in 1989 the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. As a former winner of the Tibor Varga Competition he has remained in contact with the elderly master. He appeared in Budapest too, in the autumn of 2001 in the Tibor Varga Festival. A critic writing about the concert he gave then described his playing as follows:
“Repin is a real romantic violin virtuoso and it is fortunate that he chose Max Bruch’s temperamental, melodic G minor concerto. He was able to display all his virtues: the tone rang richly in the lower register, declaimed with substance in the middle and sang slenderly on the high notes. His technique is light and natural, but he appears to be indefatigable and his handling of the bow is refined. He performed Bruch’s melodies with fire and an abundance of emotion; he shapes the musical form tautly and his musical presence is intense. There was not a moment in the performance when the listener’s attention could have wandered – Repin’s playing attracted it like a magnet throughout.”

Yakov Kreizberg was born in Leningrad in 1959. He studied conducting in his native city, then emigrated to the USA in 1976. He continued his studies in master courses, among others under Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa and Erich Leinsdorf. In Los Angeles he was assistant to Michael Tilson Thomas. He became known to a wider public when he won the Eugen Ormandy Prize and the Leopold Stokowski Conducting Competition in New York. In 1988 he was appointed general music director of the Krefeld-Mönchengladbach Opera. In the 2000/2001 season he conducted in the Komische Oper in Berlin. He was artistic director of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and has conducted, among others, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, and numerous American orchestras. He is a much travelled conductor: he has conducted in concert halls and opera houses from the USA to Japan, from England to Australia. Repin and Kreizberg will be joining forces for their planned concert in Budapest for the highly popular Sibelius violin concerto.

Yakov Kreizberg

March 23rd
Academy of Music, 7:45 pm

20-year-old Budapest Festival Orchestra
 Vasks: Cantabile for Strings
Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, op. 47
Brahms: Symphony No. 1, op. 68
 Conductor: Yakov Kreizberg
With: Vadim Repin / violin
March 24th
Italian Institute of Culture, 7:30 pm

“Campania province greets Budapest”
I Cantori di Posillipo
 Pergolesi: Stabat Mater (adaptation by Giovanni Paisiello, 1810)
Durante: Magnificat
Mercadante: Salve Maria
Cimmaruta: Ave Maria
 Conductor: Gennaro Cappabianca
With: Rosalba Colosimo, Marilena Montuoro, Anselmo Fabiani, Antonio Pirozzi / vocal

I Cantori di Posillipo

March 24th
Uránia Cinema, 8:00 pm

 The golden man
Composition by György Selmeczi, based on a silent film directed by Alexander Korda, adapted from the novel by Mór Jókai (1918) – Hungarian première
 Conductor and piano solo: György Selmeczi
Performance by: AURIS Ensemble
With: Margit Kincses /keyboards, Andrea Csereklyei /vocal
 (The work has been created with the support of the Hungarian Film Union.)

March 25th
Academy of Music, 7:30 pm

Gala concert for the 70th birthday of Tamás Vásáry and the 60th anniversary of the Budapest Symphony Orchestra
 Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro - overture
Mozart: Concert Rondo in D major
Mozart: Mentre ti lascio - concert aria
Mozart: Don Giovanni - Leporello’s aria
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
 Conductor and piano solo:Tamás Vásáry
With: Ilona Tokody, Judit Németh, Attila Fekete, José van Dam / vocal, the Hungarian Radio Chorus (choirmaster: Kálmán Strausz)
 Jose van Dam has been one of the world’s opera elite since 1960 (when he was still only 20 years old). Besides the big Mozart roles (Figaro, Leporello, Don Alfonso) he has given outstanding performances in operas of Verdi, Mussorgsky, Offenbach, Alban Berg and Bizet. As this list shows, van Dam is a singer with a universal talent. Since the 1970s he has conquered the great opera houses of the US, from San Francisco to New York. He owes his success not only to his rare vocal gift: his critics always stress his qualities as an actor as well.

Tamás Vásáry

March 25th
HAS Ceremonial Hall, Roosevelt tér, 7:30 pm

Raschér Saxophone Orchestra
 Bach: Fugue in G major, BWV 541 (transcription by Olaf Mühlenhardt)
Grieg: Holberg Suite, op. 40 (arrangement byJohn Worley)
Michael Denhoff: "Match", op. 90 for divided saxophone orchestra and bass drum
Steve Reich: New York Counterpoint
(1985) (transcription by Olaf Mühlenhardt)
Brahms: Variations on a theme of Haydn, op. 56a
 The twelve-member saxophone orchestra was formed in the pattern of the highly acclaimed Raschèr saxophone quartet. Its leader is Bruce Weinberger, the quartet’s tenor saxophonist. The orchestra is based in Lörrach, in Germany. Its repertoire consists largely of transcriptions covering 300 years of music, from Bach, through Mendelssohn and Brahms to contemporary music.

Raschér Saxophone Orchestra

March 26th
Academy of Music, 7:30 pm

La Stagione Frankfurt
 Haydn: Symphony in E minor, No. 44
Haydn: Cello Concerto in C major
Carl Philip Emanuel Bach: Cello Concerto in A major
Mozart: Symphony in A major, K 201
 Conductor: Michael Schneider
With: Steven Isserlis / cello

The Nippon Music Foundation of Japan has kindly loaned the Feuermann
Stradivarius of 1730 to Steven Isserlis.
 La Stagione Frankfurt has become one of the leading early music ensembles in Europe. Its music director is Michael Schneider. As cultural ambassadors of the city of Frankfurt, they appear at Europe’s biggest festivals and have performed in the most famous concert halls (Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wiener Konzerthaus, Auditorio Nacional de Musica Madrid, Scala di Milano, Kölner-Philharmonie, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Gewandhaus Leipzig, etc.). Their exciting playing is free of dogmatic rigidity and is always lively, flexible and direct. The list of their guest artists contains the names of many great artists. One of them,. Steven Isserlis, will appear at their concert in Budapest.

The famous cellist, Steven Isserlis, was born in London in 1958. He is the grandson of the renowned Russian pianist and composer Julius Isserlis. He made his debut in London in 1977. Since then he has appeared with many leading orchestras and early music ensembles. An excellent chamber musician, his regular partner is Melvyn Tan. One of his critics wrote of his playing: “Isserlis’s cello sound is free of any intrusive, forceful note. His ethereal vibrato and velvety soft playing goes together with an intensive expressive power.” In 1991 he formed a trio with the violinist Joshua Bell and Olli Mustonen. Since 1996 he has been teaching at the Cornwall International Seminar and leads master courses. His name is associated with the first performance of many works by English composers (Robert Saxton, Elizabeth Maconchy, Howard Blake, John Tavener). He won a Gramophone Award for his recording of Tavener’s The Protecting Veil (1989, London).
 (With the support of Deutsche Telekom)
The ensemble La Stagione Frankfurt is generously supported by the Hessen Ministry for Science and Arts

La Stagione Frankfurt

Michael Schneider

Steven Isserlis

March 27th
Academy of Music, 7:30 pm

National Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir
 Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette
 Conductor: Zoltán Kocsis
With: Sylvie Sullé, Guy Flechter, Jean-Philippe Courtis / vocal
Choirmaster: Mátyás Antal
 This ensemble with a long past and valuable traditions has made a dozen award-winning records and has a vast repertoire. Earlier, under the name of State Symphony Orchestra it enjoyed great prestige under the direction of János Ferencsik. Since 1997 the ensemble has been known as the National Philharmonic Orchestra and organises its own concerts. With Zoltán Kocsis as music director it has given the first performance in Hungary of numerous works.
 Hector Berlioz was born 200 years ago.
(With the support of the French Institute and AFAA)

Zoltán Kocsis

March 27th
Vigadó Concert Hall, 7:30 pm

Cemal Reşit Rey Symphony Orchestra
 Ferit Tüzün: Esintiler
Ulvi Cemal Erkin: Violin Concerto
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 (F minor), op. 36
 Conductor: Orhan Şallıel
With: Cihat Aşkin
 Since it was established in 1995 the CRR Symphony Orchestra of Istanbul has become the major participant in the Turkish music world. It owes its special status in part to the fact that it is the only ensemble maintained exclusively by a city, of which it is very proud. It is not solely a concert orchestra but also provides the orchestral music for the Cemal Resit Rey Opera. It is a regular participant in Istanbul’s Bosporus Festival and gave many highly successful concerts for the series of celebrations held for the 700th anniversary of the birth of the Ottoman Empire. The orchestra has very close working relations with numerous contemporary Turkish composers.
The ensemble’s conductor is Orhan Salliel, born in 1968. He began his studies in Istanbul (piano, bassoon, then composing), and continued in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Helsinki. He took part in a number of master courses and was then invited to the Istanbul State Opera and Ballet company. He is also active as a composer.
The soloist for the concert Cihat Askin, was born in Istanbul and completed his violin studies in 1989. In 1984 at the international Yehudi Menuhin violin competition he won the jury’s special prize for the best Bartók interpretation.

Orhan Şallıel

March 28th
Academy of Music, 7:30 pm

Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra
 Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 (Scotch)
Krzysztof Penderecki: Metamorphoses - Concerto for violin and orchestra
 Conductor: Krzysztof Penderecki
With: Julian Rachlin / violin
 The Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra was formed in 1940. Its first director was the renowned composer, pianist and conductor, Balys Dvarionas. The ensemble is a welcome guest at such major European festivals as the Prague Spring, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Baltic Festival in Sweden or the Saint Petersburg Festival of Contemporary Music. Besides the Baltic countries it has made successful tours in France, Germany, Poland, Spain, Belgium and Switzerland and in 1999 in Japan. In the 2000/2001 season the orchestra celebrated its 60th anniversary under the direction of such renowned conductors as Mstyislav Rostropovich, Krzysztof Penderecki and Cyril Diederich. In summer 2001 they made a major European tour with Krzysztof Penderecki, Mstyislav Rostropovich, Vadim Repin, Julian Rachlin, John Neal Axelrod and Robertas Servenikas.

Their guest conductor is Krzysztof Penderecki. The Polish composer is also very active as a conductor and in addition to his own compositions his concerts often include the works of classical masters. In recent years his composing style has become accessible for a wider public. He writes attractive concert pieces and concertos which such young and highly talented musicians as the clarinettist Sharon Kam and the violinist Julian Rachlin keep in their repertoire.

Julian Rachlin
The young Lithuanian-born violinist was discovered very early. He began formal study at the age of six and seven years later gained international acclaim overnight by winning the “Young Musician of the Year” Award. This led to Lorin Maazel inviting him to make his debut at the Berlin Festival, and to tour Europe and Japan with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He then became the youngest soloist ever to play with the Vienna Philharmonic, making his debut under Riccardo Muti. Since the beginning of his career in 1989 he has appeared with the world’s major orchestras and collaborated with, among other conductors, Myung-Whun Chung, Charles Dutoit, Bernard Haitink, James Levine, Sir Neville Marriner, Zubin Mehta, Yehudi Menuhin, Riccardo Muti, André Previn, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Kurt Sanderling and Wolfgang Sawallich. His chamber music partners include Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, Oleg Maisenberg, Shlomo Mintz, Mstyislav Rostropovich, and Heinrich Schiff. His regular duo partner is the pianist Itamar Golan. In the 2002/2003 season he is to play Penderecki’s Violin Concerto No. 2 several times under the baton of the composer and with such orchestras as the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. In March 2002 he appeared in San Francisco with Donald Runnicles, and in London with Daniele Gatti (Brahms: Violin Concerto).
In 1998 he received the Classical Musician of the Year award from the respected Music Manual, and in 2000 he received one of the most prestigious awards, the coveted “Accademia Musicale Chigiana” International Prize. His recordings of the Sibelius, Tchaikovsky and Saint-Saëns concertos on the Sony Classical label have received high critical acclaim.
 Krzysztof Penderecki is 70 years old

Krzysztof Penderecki and Julian Rachlin

March 28th
HAS Ceremonial Hall, Roosevelt tér, 7:30 pm

Gordon Hunt (oboe) and the Ferenc Erkel Chamber Orchestra
 Mozart: Divertimento, K 136
Albinoni: Concerto in D minor, op. 9 No. 2
Grieg: Holberg Suite
Cimarosa: Oboe Concerto
Tchaikovsky: String Serenade, op. 48
 Conductor: Gordon Hunt
 The outstanding English oboist was born in London and studied with Terence MacDonagh. He is in great demand as a soloist, conductor and orchestra player. He is principal oboe in the Philharmonia and London Chamber Orchestras and guest principal with the Berlin Philharmonic. He appears regularly as soloist with international orchestras, having worked with conductors such as Ashkenazy, Giulini, Kondrashin, Muti, Rattle and Sinopoli. His recordings are issued on the Decca, BMG and BIS labels. He is equally at home with Baroque (Bach, Vivaldi), classical (Mozart, Haydn) and 19th–20th century music (Richard Strauss, Benjamin Britten, Martinu). He was music director of the Swedish Chamber Winds (1991-1997), he has appeared regularly with the National Symphony Orchestra of South Africa, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, the Johannesburg Philharmonic and is artistic director of the Danish Chamber Players. He teaches at the Royal Academy of Music and is a member of the jury for the International Oboe Competition of Tokyo.

Gordon Hunt

March 29th
Academy of Music, 7:30 pm

Camerata Salzburg
 Haydn: Symphony in C major, No. 90
Haydn: Berenice che fai – cantata
Haydn: Arianna a Naxos – cantata
Haydn: Symphony in C major, No. 60 ("Il Distratto")
 Conductor: Sir Roger Norrington
With: Bernarda Fink / Mezzo-soprano
 The Mozarteum in Mozart’s birthplace is one of Europe’s most prestigious music colleges. The college is also a musical workshop, and in 1952 it created the basis of the Camerata Academica Salzburg. The orchestra was founded by Bernhardt Paumgartner. He was well aware that the musicians trained in the Mozarteum receive the best training in Europe and the Salzburger Festspiele also provides regular opportunities for performances bringing wide publicity. The ensemble’s world fame was later built up by such Hungarian-born artists as the pianist Géza Anda or the legendary conductor and teacher Sándor Végh. Mozart’s music naturally forms the backbone of their repertoire, but they are also open to all periods. Conductors compete for the outstanding ensemble. They are coming to Budapest in the company of Sir Roger Norrington, the renowned English conductor.
Roger Norrington was born in Oxford in 1934. He received an excellent education, not in his native town but in its rival, Cambridge. He began his career as a singer and then directed the Schütz Choir. He made a number of recordings of works by 17th–19th century composers with this choir. From 1969 to 1985 he was musical director of the Kent Opera. His strong sense of drama became apparent in this period: he staged more than 40 operas, ranging from Monteverdi to Britten and Tippett. He was invited as an opera conductor to such theatres as Covent Garden, the Florence and Venice operas and the opera houses of Vienna, Berlin and Paris. In 1978 he founded his own ensemble, the London Classical Players. He made many recordings with this group. It was disbanded in 1997 and its members continued their career in the no less famous Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Norrington is the kind of conductor who does not like to accept the accustomed solutions, and studies the original sources and manuscripts. He is also an outstanding researcher who incorporates his findings – some of them very surprising – into his interpretations. In many cases his study of the composer’s original manuscript has revealed the correct tempo of the work concerned, and in other cases he has found discrepancies in orchestration. However, his performances never become pedantic, quite the contrary. Norrington’s music-making offers the greatest enjoyment, his tempos and breathing rhythms give almost hedonistic pleasure. Renowned opera stars like to work with Norrington because his sense of drama and vast stage experience is a guarantee of success. As one critic wrote about Norrington, the accompanying conductor: “Anyone who has the opportunity should not miss listening to David Daniels’ record concentrating only on Norrington and the orchestra. The experience is often greater than the pleasures Daniels can give.”

Bernarda Fink
Bernarda Fink (1955) is much sought as a mezzo-soprano in concert halls and opera stages. She was born in Buenos Aires to Slovenian parents. Her international career began in 1985 when she won first prize in the “Nuevas Voces Liricas”. Since then she has worked mainly in Europe with such orchestras as the Vienna Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchester, the French Radio Orchestra, French National Orchestra, English Baroque Soloists, the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, Concerto Köln, Musica Antiqua Köln, Amsterdam Baroque Soloists. Among the star conductors, she has worked with René Jacobs, Philippe Herreweghe, John Eliot Gardiner, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Trevor Pinnock, Sir Neville Marriner, Marc Minkowski, Sir Roger Norrington. She is especially at home in the operas of Monteverdi, Handel and Mozart and is also a renowned lied singer (Schumann, Wolff).

Sir Roger Norrington

Bernarda Fink

March 30th
Budapest Convention Centre, 7:30 pm

BBC Symphony Orchestra
 Eötvös: zeroPoints - Hungarian première
Eötvös: Jet Stream (for trumpet and orchestra) - Hungarian première
Debussy: Jeux
Debussy: La Mer
 Conductor: Peter Eötvös
With: Markus Stockhausen / trumpet
 “Three Hungarians shape the image of world music at the turn of the millennium: György Ligeti, György Kurtág and Peter Eötvös.” These are the words of no less a composer and conductor than Pierre Boulez. The three world-famous Hungarians have always occupied a prominent place in the Spring Festival. Peter Eötvös is a regular guest of the festival as both composer and conductor. It is a very special occasion when he conducts his own work. In 2003 he is to conduct the Hungarian concert première of his zeroPoints. The piece was a record success in 2001 since Hungarian labels (BMC) rarely undertake the issue of such large-scale contemporary compositions. The première of his trumpet concerto promises to be a real sensation.
The soloist will be Markus Stockhausen, one of the few performers equally acclaimed by fans of both contemporary music and jazz. He is a very exceptional artist, a performer who is able to bring modern music to a wide public.
An ensemble with a long past, London’s first permanent orchestra founded in 1930, the BBC Symphony Orchestra will perform at the concert. The orchestra has given the first performance of many 20th century compositions and has worked with such conductors as Toscanini, Weingartner, Koussevitzky. More recently Sir Colin Davis, Pierre Boulez and Gennady Rozhdestvensky have served as the principal conductor. No less imposing is the list of composers who have had connections with the orchestra: Bartók, Berio, Richard Strauss, Stravinsky. Peter Eötvös’s concert will almost certainly be the most important contemporary music event of the 2003 Festival.

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Markus Stockhausen

March 31st
Budapest Convention Centre, 7:30 pm

25-year-old European Union Youth Orchestra
 Ligeti: Lontano
Beethoven: Piano Concerto in G major, op. 58
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 6
 Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy
With: Hélène Grimaud / piano
 The history of the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) began in 1974 when the Committee on Cultural Affairs and Youth of the European Parliament laid the foundations of the orchestra. Their aim was to create a musical workshop in which talented young European musicians could jointly produce a programme each year under the direction of internationally recognised conductors and present it in a number of European cities. With the realisation of European union this aim was expanded: through its work the orchestra should set an example of co-operation and demonstrate the creativity and initiative of European youth.

The inaugural tour in 1978 was conducted by the Founding Music Director, Claudio Abbado. Over the years the famous conductors working with the orchestra have included Daniel Barenboim, Leonard Bernstein, James Conlon, Carlo Maria Giulini, Bernard Haitink, Herbert von Karajan, Zubin Mehta, Mstyislav Rostropovich, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Kurt Sanderling, Sir Georg Solti. Among the stars who have appeared as soloists with the orchestra are Martha Argerich, Emanuel Ax, Teresa Berganza, Kyung Wha Chung, Barbara Hendricks, Nigel Kennedy, Christa Ludwig, Radu Lupu, Karita Mattila, Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Viktoria Mullova, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Jessye Norman, Murray Perahia, Maurizio Pollini, Margaret Price and Ravi Shankar.
The EUYO is made up of 140 young musicians, selected each year from over 4,000 candidates aged between 14 and 23 from the fifteen EU countries. The final selection is made by a body of professors of the EUYO. During the period of rehearsals and concerts the EUYO provides full board and training for the musicians. This training includes a master course and special further training. In 2001 Paavo Järvi and Sir Colin Davis worked with the orchestra, the ensemble’s music director is Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Vladimir Ashkenazy is the only member of his generation who continued the Russian tradition and school as a pianist. His career began in the late 50s and early 60s with prizes won in major international competitions. He has a vast repertoire of solo music, chamber music and concertos. His partners have included Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Lynn Harrell, Elisabeth Söderström, Barbara Bonney and Matthias Goerne. He has his own CD in the Great Pianists of the 20th Century series. From the 1970s he began to replace the piano with the conductor’s baton. For a long while his activity was regarded with suspicion but thanks to his persistent and untiring work and to his talent it can now be said that perhaps more people know him as a conductor than as a pianist. Orchestras vie for him and he has worked with the Philharmonia Orchestra (principal guest conductor), the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (music director), the Cleveland Orchestra (principal guest conductor), the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (chief conductor and music director). He has conducted the Berlin Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Philadelphia and Concertgebouw Orchestras. Since 1998 he has been chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. He now makes fewer appearances as a pianist but is still one of the best as shown by the fact that in 1999 he won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without orchestra).
 (The EUYO is supported by the European Community budget line 'Support to organisations who promote European Culture' and by the fifteen member governments of the European Union.)

European Union Youth Orchestra

Vladimir Ashkenazy

[ Budapest Spring Festival 2003 ]