Budapest Festival Orchestra
With his Budapest Festival Orchestra, principal director Iván Fischer opens the series of resident orchestras at the Festival dei Due Mondi.
Founded in 1983 by Fischer and Zoltán Kocsis to draw the best Hungarian players into a single ensemble, the BFO has established itself as one the top ten orchestras in the world in less than 25 years, according to the BBC Music Magazine, winning prizes such as two Gramophone Awards and a Diapason d’Or.
The players of the Budapest Festival Orchestra are known for their enterprising spirit: they explore historic and contemporary repertoire, as well as popular music from Central and Eastern Europe, and have spawned chamber ensembles which further raise the extraordinary artistic standards the entire orchestra has already reached.
For the opening concert, Iván Fischer turns to early-twentieth century French music: Darius Milhaud, Erik Satie and Maurice Ravel. In accordance with the tradition established by Gian Carlo Menotti, the eight midday chamber concerts and three programmes feature brilliant baroque music, the soundworlds of the late-twentieth century and works for strings by Dmitri Šostakovič, Ernő Dohnányi and Astor Piazzolla.