Music was and is an essential part of daily life in Hungary.

Sir Georg Solti

Four by four +1 Spring 2020

Each of the quartets performing in the concert series featuring the best string quartets will present a special guest, leading to unique combinations at the concerts. The string quartet named after one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century, David Fyodorovich Oistrakh, will commence its performance with Mendelssohn's last quartet, followed by the String quartet No 1 composed by their compatriot Tchaikovsky. István Lajkó, pianist and professor at the Academy, will also take the stage during the performance of Dvořák's Piano Quintet No 2. The Hungarian Quartet, amalgamating the knowledge and talent of three generations of musicians, will perform Bartók's String Quartet No 3, a piece that is rich in effects, followed by the Clarinet Quintet, composed by Brahms towards the end of his life, starring Csaba Klenyán. The second part of the evening will bring to life Schubert’s slow-moving Quartet that is a variation of his own song from the Death and the Maiden, a composition that remains staggering to this day.  Cello artist László Fenyő is a returning guest of this year’s Four by Four +1 series: while the public will see him perform as a member of the Hungarian Quartet in February, in March he will take the stage as a guest of the Borodin Quartet, established in 1945, playing Schubert’s evergreen String Quintet in C Major. The Russian chamber music ensemble will also perform the Viennese artist’s String Quarter in A Minor, while the first act of the concert will be Borodin’s String Quartet No 2. The Salzburg-based Hagen Quartet is a veritable family enterprise: the quartet was established by four siblings in 1981 and Rainer Schmidt has played second violin since 1987. The quartet has gained recognition primarily due to their fascinating rendition of works by classical masters, so it is especially exciting that - departing from their usual repertoire - they will be performing a genuinely romantic programme in the Great Hall of the Liszt Academy with the help of Russian-American pianist Kirill Gerstein.


Season ticket prices until 1 January 2020: HUF 8 800, 11 900,

14 900, 17 900

Season ticket prices from 2 January 2020: huf 9 300, 12 500,

15 700, 18 900


Season tickets can be purchased at the ticket office of the Liszt Academy or online on the following link.



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