...a country (Hungary) whose population, even today, is barely over ten million has produced so many musicians and so much outstanding music. I am grateful for having been born and trained there.

Sir Georg Solti
István Várdai & Friends's Recital for People With Autism

13 January 2020, 19.30-22.00

Grand Hall

István Várdai & Friends's Recital for People With Autism

Franciscan Charity Night

Kodály: Capriccio
István Várdai (cello)
Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances, BB 68 (transcription for violin and piano)
Júlia Pusker (violin), Zoltán Fejérvári (piano)
Dvořák: Piano Trio No. 4 in E minor, Op. 90 („Dumky”)
Júlia Pusker (violin), István Várdai (cello), Zoltán Fejérvári (piano)
Gulda: Concerto for Cello and Wind Orchestra
István Várdai (cello)
Budapest Jazz Orchestra

Each year sees acclaimed artists joining the charitable initiative launched by the Franciscan Order. To date, concerts have featured performers like Veronika Harcsa, Péter Sárik, János Balázs and the Bogányi family. This time, the leading artist of the evening organized to benefit people living with autism is none other than cellist István Várdai, winner of the Liszt Prize and professor at the Music Academy in Vienna. The first half of the concert showcases a work each by Kodály and Bartók (both coincidentally written in 1915), and a popular Dvořák chamber work. Júlia Pusker is Várdai’s partner in Romanian Folk Dances; she made it into the final of the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2019, while for the trio they are joined by Zoltán Fejérvári, Junior Prima Prize-winning pianist, winner of the 2017 Montreal International Piano Competition. After the intermission, Hungary’s best-known big band will participate in the performance of Friedrich Gulda’s concerto with unusual scoring, composed in 1980.



Presented by

Magyarok Nagyasszonya Ferences Rendtartomány


HUF 3 900, 4 900, 5 900, 6 900