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Variations on Virtuosity – Chamber Music sensations, celebrated international stars and young talents brought to you by the 2019 Season Tickets of the Liszt Academy

5. November 2018

Europe’s most supreme chamber music ensembles will arrive to the Music Academy in 2019 alongside soloists like Lisa Batiashvili or István Várdai. The two Hungarian violin virtuosos Barnabás Kelemen and Kristóf Baráti are playing chamber music while Ádám Fisher is to appear on stage as a conductor. The Liszt Ferenc Chamber Choir will  perform as resident ensemble and the Liszt Academy Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi and others. Contemporary music enthusiasts can listen to the works  of György Kurtág and György Ligeti as well as a composers’ group of young Hungarians. Of course the popular series Liszt Kidz Academy is to be continued in the spring.

Chamber Music – Tuned for Grand Hall and Chamber Music, So Close promise great encounters with the most important artists. Leading stars of international music life will join on stage of the Grand Hall to perform well known and hardly heard delicate works. In the more intimate Solti Hall we can feel the most distinguished artists ’so close’ as they play in rare and unique formations.


Barnabás Kelemen and Kristóf Baráti. Photo: Liszt Academy / Andrea Felvégi 

The returning duo of Joshua Bell and Sam Heywood will bring popular sonatas of romanticism and the 20th century to the Grand Hall. Joint concert of the other duo will be an exceptional occasion: Kristóf Baráti and Barnabás Kelemen will perform double violin plays by Bartók, Prokofiev and Shostakovich. Chamber Music Evening of Péter Frankl, Miklós Perényi and Gergely Ittzés will give a selection of best performers of three generations. Péter Nagy will give a chamber concert accompanied with the soloists of the Berlin Philharmonic, including Daishin Kashimoto, whose memorable concert with Yuja Wang has been a great success.


Joshua Bell and Sam Haywood. Photo: Liszt Academy / István Bielik


The Solti Hall series features masters of the international concert halls who are also in demand as soloists like Frank Peter Zimmermann, Baiba Skide, Xavier de Maistre, Antoine Tamestit, Maxim Rysanov and last but not least Dóra & Katalin Kokas who are priorly known for and loved by the Hungarian audience.


The Orchestra in the Center series will bring us works from Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Mendelssohn as well as delicate concertos and the most beautiful plays for string orchestra of the 20th and 21st centuries performed by distinguished chamber orchestras and leading musicians. All three orchestras have important Hungarian connections: the Danish Chamber Orchestra has been called into being by Ádám Fischer, Gábor Takács Nagy is the art director of the Manchester Camerata, and the venerable Camerata Salzburg has been founded by Sándor Végh.


At the concerts of the Masters of the Orchestra  results of a year’s orchestral programmes and workshops of the Academy of Music can be admired conducted by returning guests Pinchas Steinberg and Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi and a new conductor: Gergely Vajda. The silver thread of our Four by Four series of string quartets lines through Haydn’s and Bartók’s works this spring, performed by leading quartets of the planet: the Belcea Quartet, the Jerusalem Quartet, the Arditti Quartet and the Takács Quartet.


Takács Quartet


Works of György Kurtág, György Ligeti and the Vienna neoclassicism will give the core of our contemporary music series Here and Now with works very rarely performed – being playable for only very few musicians. The introductory concert of a young composers’ group grown from academical roots, the Studio 5 will also be on programme.


The piano series Black and White Colours gives the opportunity to the members of generation Y (the thirtysomethings) to play relatively rare pieces of the piano repertoir. At Home at the Liszt Academy features the resident choir of the Academy the New Liszt Ferenc Chamber Choir in several genres. The popular children’s series, the Liszt Kidz Academy won’t be missing and will entertain the youngest of our audience with stories like that of the new organ of the Liszt Academy.


New Liszt Ferenc Chamber Choir



For further information visit our website. Buying a season ticket means a significant discount compared to buying the individual tickets for the concerts which can be increased with the early bird allowance till 31 December 2018.