The fundamentals of the new programming policy is shaped by the acoustics of the Grand Hall which mediates the sonority of symphonic orchestra with crystal clarity but also reveals the most intimate detailing of solo and chamber concerts.
The legendary piano recitals of the Liszt Academy are synonymous with the performances of the giants, from Ernő Dohnányi and Béla Bartók to Annie Fischer, Géza Anda and Sviatoslav Richter. In the new series, following the opening concert featuring Dezső Ránki, Edit Klukon and young Fülöp Ránki, we continue with recitals by Kálmán Dráfi, Gergely Bogányi, Balázs Szokolay and Tamás Vásáry. The next generation will be represented by Ivett Gyöngyösi, László Váradi and Zsolt Medgyesi.
The Liszt Academy's orchestra in residence from autumn 2013 is Concerto Budapest which is directed by András Keller. Their Grand Hall performances will primarily cover the symphonic repertoire. Their concerts will see collaborations with world renowned soloists such as Andrea Rost, Isabelle Faust, Kathia Buniatishvili and Dezső Ránki. The legendary Gennady Rozhdestvensky will conduct them, as will Alexander Sladkovsky representing the younger generation. Concerto will be partnered in the Mozart Requiem by the New Ferenc Liszt Chamber Choir led by Péter Erdei.
The Budapest Festival Orchestra will regularly give concerts at the Liszt Academy and they open their Grand Hall series in early November with a true world star Mikhail Pletnev. The Géza Anda Festival will pay homage to perhaps the finest Bartók and Mozart pianist of the middle third of the 20th century, whom Wilhelm Furtwängler called the troubadour of the piano. This festival of four concerts will feature the prize winners at the 2012 Géza Anda Piano Competition in Zurich, as well as Alexei Volodin, Filippo Gamba and Dénes Várjon.
With chamber music experiencing a global upswing, a trendsetting initiative has created the Chamber Music for the Grand Hall series. This is launched by the Kelemen Quartet, Péter Frankl and fellow artists, all of whom have multiple links to the Liszt Academy. In 2014, the world class quality of this series is guaranteed by Yevgeny Korolov and the Keller Quartet, world renowned Takács Quartet, Kristóf Baráti, Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis and Dénes Várjon, as well as Pekka Kuusisto and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Elena Bashkirova and the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival.
A series of song recitals brings a return of vocal chamber music, opening with a concert by Judit Németh and Izabella Simon. An eye-catching concert in the series features Andrea Rost and jazz pianist Kálmán Oláh. Szabolcs Brickner and Júlia Hajnóczy have assembled a programme of love songs from the song literature, and the multiple Grammy winning Chanticleer also will be flying the flag for vocal music.
The exceptional properties of the Chamber Hall can be well exploited with the growing popularity of opera performances and chamber operas. The Chamber Hall is equipped with an orchestral pit, flies and comprehensive stage machinery. The first opera to be staged there will be Mozart's Magic Flute in a new translation by Dániel Varró, under the artistic direction of Éva Marton. The performance will be choreographed by Tamás Juronics and directed by András Almási Tóth. In 2014, there will be Mozart Late Night evenings and the programme offering will be augmented by an opera festival organised with the participation of foreign academies. Thomas Hengelbrock and the Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble will be guest performers of a Händel Opera in the Grand Hall.
The Liszt Academy celebrates the anniversary of its foundation every year with a concert. "Génie Oblige – 138 years of the Liszt Academy" features the most gifted students and teachers who will pay homage to the august institution by performing works by Liszt and the legendary Liszt Academy chamber music teacher and composer Leó Weiner.
Besides serious music, jazz and folk music is also part of the repertoire, as befits the world class tuition offered by the university in these genres. In the 2013/2014 season, Brad Mehldau and Chick Corea will give solo piano concerts, as will that most modest guitar playing genius Ferenc Snétberger in December. The internationally celebrated Vijay Iyer Trio from the USA represents the newest sound in jazz. The most progressive formations of the Hungarian scene will perform at the Chamber Hall in programmes titled Jazz Now. In folk music, the Grand Hall will host performers such as András Berecz, Ágnes Herczku, Muzsikás Group and the Balogh-Lukács cimbalom duo.
The On The Spot series showcases the talent at the Liszt Academy, first off being a prestigious gala concert by student folk musicians at the Academy representing the highest standards in world famous Hungarian folk. Then the 115 year old trombone faculty will entrance the public with great international names. The jazz faculty's big band will also be On The Spot, and in the future, the year will begin with concerts by the vocal and composition faculties.