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Orchestral concerts
April 2nd
Italian Institute of Culture, 7:30 pm
Mendelssohn: Hebrides overture, op. 26
Dvořák: Romance in F minor
Sarasate: Carmen Fantasy
Dvořák: 4 Legends, op. 59
Bruch: Violin concerto No. 1 in G minor, op. 26
Conductor: David Stern
With: Sarah Chang / violin
The English Chamber Orchestra (ECO) was formed in 1960. It is one of the world’s most celebrated chamber ensembles, its members work full-time for the ensemble which is supported by the English Chamber Orchestra and Music Society under the patronage of the Prince of Wales. Over the decades it has been associated with Benjamin Britten, Sir Colin Davis, Daniel Barenboim, Raymond Leppard, the virtuoso Japanese pianist Mitsuko Uchida, a student of Alfred Brendel, Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman. In Budapest the ensemble will be conducted by Daniel Stern. Stern was born in New York, graduated in piano and conducting from Yale University then continued his studies at the Juillard School. He has participated in many international competitions and festivals in the United States and South America. He has been successful in festivals in Europe too (e.g. Aix-en-Provence) and in opera houses conducting works by Britten, Mozart, Bizet, and Richard Strauss. On a number of occasions he has conducted the Orchestre de Paris. He made his debut in Great Britain together with violinist Sarah Chang in 1999, and has since returned a number of times.
Born in Philadelphia to Korean parents, Sarah Chang is still only in her early twenties. She began as a child prodigy: she was only 9 when she made her first recording of virtuoso violin pieces by Sarasate, Paganini, Elgar and Prokofiev. At the Juillard School she was a student of the best string teacher, Dorothy Delay. She has been invited by the world’s best orchestras, from the Concertgebouw Orchestra to the Vienna Philharmonics and the big American orchestras. Her concerts have been conducted by Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Sir Simon Rattle, James Levine, Michael Tilson Thomas – in short, the leading conductors of our time. Major festivals from Peking to London vie to have her appear in their programmes. Her repertoire is exceptionally wide and includes the Sibelius and Goldmark violin concertos, as well as compositions by Mendelssohn, Richard Strauss and Dvořak. In recent years her attention has turned to chamber music, as her Budapest concert also indicates.



Orchestral concerts
April 2nd
Academy of Music, 7:45 pm
Beethoven: Piano concertos Nos. 2 (B major), 3 (C minor) and 4 (G major)
Conductor and piano solo: András Schiff

Chamber evenings
April 2nd
HAS Ceremonial Hall, Roosevelt tér, 7:30 pm
Haydn: String quartet in G major, op. 77 No. 1
Mozart: String quartet in B major (“Jagd”), K 458
Schubert:String quartet in D minor, D 810
(“Death and the Maiden”)
Bartók Quartet
World-famous chamber group; gave their first concert in October 1957 and by the time of their 40th anniversary they had given over 3600 performances. They have toured all five continents, made legendary recordings and received many awards, including two Kossuth Prizes and the UNESCO Prize. The members are: Péter Komlós (1st violin), Géza Hargitai (2nd violin), Géza Németh (viola), László Mező (cello). Their repertoire embraces the full spectrum of quartet literature.

Chamber evenings
April 2nd
Law Faculty Ceremonial Hall, 7:30 pm
Recital of piano duos by Károly Mocsári and Ákos Hernádi
Bartók: Two Portraits (transcription by Zoltán Kocsis)
Dohnányi: Suite en Valse pour deux pianos (Valse Symphonique, Valse Senti-mentale, Valse Boiteuse, Valse de Fęte)
Bartók: Seven pieces from the Microcosmos for two pianos
Bartók: Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion
With: Boglárka Fábry, Iván Éder /percussion
Károly Mocsári was born in Budapest in 1962 and has lived in Paris since 1986. He is regarded by the international music press as a leading performer of Bartók and Liszt piano works. He did his advanced studies in the class of György Nádor in the Budapest Ferenc Liszt Academy, then took part in master courses of Jorge Bolet (Curtis Institute, Philadelphia) and Yvonne Lefébure (Paris). His international career began in 1984, he has won many international prizes (London, Barcelona, Athens, Montreal). In 1986 he won first prize in the Budapest International Liszt Competition. He also received a scholarship from the Cziffra Foundation.
He has been the guest soloist of many major orchestras: Manchester Orchestra, London Philharmonia Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Radio Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra.
He has given solo recitals in over 30 countries, in the leading concert halls. He has appeared in the Beethoven Hall in Bonn, the Wigmore Hall and the Royal Festival Hall in London, in the Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb, the Kanagawa Hall in Yokohama, the Mexico Opera, the Louvre Auditorium and a number of Paris theatres. He is a welcome guest at European and overseas festivals.
His partners have included such musicians as Yuri Bashmet, Jean Efflam Bavouzet, Sir Andrew Davis, David Grimal, Barbara Hendricks, Zoltán Kocsis, Kobayashi Ken-Ichiro, Miklós Perényi, Mstislav Rostropovich, Vladimir Spivakov, Tamás Vásáry, the Keller, Takács and Tokyo Quartets. He was recently soloist with the National Philharmonics in the United States.

Ákos Hernádi was born in Budapest in 1959. He began to play the piano at the age of six and later was a student in the Preparatory Department which fosters young talents at the Budapest Ferenc Liszt College of Music where his teacher was György Nádor. He won prizes at many youth competitions, at age 13 he won a special prize at the Usti nad Laben International Piano Competition.
At the age of fifteen he was enrolled in the university faculty of the Ferenc Liszt College of Music in Tibor Wehner’s class, then was admitted to the artist training department. His teachers were György Nádor and Ferenc Rados. He entered many international piano competitions and won prizes: Barcelona, Viotti/Vercelli, UFAM/Paris.
After graduating he devoted a great part of his activity to chamber music, he established the Hernádi Trio which has appeared in many countries of Europe. Since 1986 he has been living in Germany, at present he is professor at the Staatliche Musikhochschule Trossingen. He is a guest at music festivals, such as Festival du Normandie, Romaeuropa Festival, Klavierduofestival Bad Herrenalb, Pécs Festival.
He has made many recordings for various radio stations, his solo recording of compositions by Kodály was chosen as Record of the Month by critics of the Swiss journal Musik und Theater. Piano News wrote of his CD of Busoni transcriptions of Bach: "what Hernádi offers here as his visiting-card is sufficient to raise him to the level of the best performers of these transcriptions”.


Church Concerts
April 2nd
Matthias Church, 8:00 pm
Hungarian Radio Choir
Music of Cathedrals
Music of Cathedrals
Liszt: Christ – extracts
Kodály: Laudes organi
Conductor: Kálmán Strausz
With: József Moldvay /vocal, Bertalan Hock /organ


Dance
April 2nd
Thália Theatre, 7:00 pm
Nederlands Dans Theater II
I.Dream play
Choreography by Johan Inger
II. Déjà vu
Choreography by Hans van Manen
III. Solo
Choreography by Hans van Manen
IV. Minus 16
Choreography by Ohad Naharin
Nederlands Dans Theater II
The young and dynamic dance ensemble
A Netherlands Dance Theatre II was formed in 1978. In the 25 years since then it has become a high standard, internationally recognised company and appeared in many theatres around the world: among others, in Spain, the Czech Republic, New Zealand, Turkey, the United States, France, Germany, South Korea, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands Antilles.
16 dancers (aged between 17 and 22 years) work in the NDT II, with the declared aim of providing a continuous supply of new dancers for the biggest company. All the members accepted have already completed classical training. Members are selected from among dancers graduating from the world’s renowned dance schools and conservatoires. At present seventy percent of the dancers in the NDT I came to the company from the NDT II.
The repertoire of NDT II includes works of a number of influential choreographers, such as. Jiří Kylián, Hans van Manen, Ohad Naharin, Paul Lightfoot/Sol León and Johan Inger, but it is an important goal of the company to work with young, talented choreographers.
Over the past years the NDT II has become the most up-to-date company. By working with young choreographers and getting to know different choreographic styles and techniques, the young dancers have the opportunity to respond directly to contemporary trends in music and the arts. These talented young dancers are able to reflect the realities of our time and incorporate these elements in the new productions.
(With the support of the Royal Netherlands Embassy)

Literature and theatre evenings
April 2nd
Katona József Theatre, 7:00 pm
Heiner Müller: Titus
Guest performance by the Bulandra Theatre
Performance in Romanian
(Jointly organised with the József Katona Theatre and the Budapest Spring Festival)







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