Jun 8, 2016
Great Guild Hall, Riga
Franz Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S 125
Antonin Dvořák: Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88
Igor Stravinsky Jeu de Cartes
Denes Varjon – piano
Ivan Fischer – conductor
Budapest Festival Orchestra
The Budapest Festival Orchestra is one of the Hungarian music scene’s major success stories, being rated among the world’s top ten orchestras. The “New York Times” even went as far as to say they “might be the best orchestra in the world”.
The Festival Orchestra is driven by an openness towards the new and the un- known, by curiosity and attention to detail. It is that same experimental spirit and passion that has taken the BFO to both the world’s most important music venues and to the furthest-flung villages in Hungary.
Musicians who have performed with the orchestra include: Sir Georg Solti (who was the orchestra’s honorary guest conductor until his death), Yehudi Menuhin, Kurt Sanderling, Eliahu Inbal, Charles Dutoit, Gidon Kremer, Sándor Végh, András Schiff, Heinz Holliger, Agnes Baltsa, Ida Haendel, Martha Argerich, Hildegard Behrens, Yuri Bashmet, Rudolf Barshai, Kiri te Kanawa, Radu Lupu, Thomas Zehetmair, Vadim Repin, Helen Donath, Richard Goode.
Iván Fischer is one of the founders of the Orchestra. He has been at the Orchestra’s helm for thirty years. Fischer regularly collaborates with Berlin Philharmonics, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and various American orchestras. In 2008–2010, he was the principal conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington; currently he is the principal conductor of Konzerthausorchester Berlin.
Pianist Dénes Várjon is a universal musician: excellent soloist, first-class chamber musician, highly sought after piano pedagogue and artistic leader of festivals. As a soloist Várjon has appeared with Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonics, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Kremerata Baltica, London’s Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and other orchestras. The pianist has recorded for the Naxos, ECM, Teldec and Capriccio labels, appeared at leading international festivals from Edinburgh to Salzburg.