Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra
András Keller, chief conductor, and Zoltan Fejérvári, piano
June 18, 2021
Franz Liszt: Les Préludes (Symphonic Poem no. 3), S. 97
Béla Bartók: Piano Concerto no. 3 in E Major, Sz. 119, BB 127 (performed by pianist Zoltan Fejérvári)
Antonín Dvořák: Symphony no. 9 in E minor, op. 95, B. 178 (From the New World)
With a rich history and dynamic musicians, Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra is one of Hungary’s leading orchestras. Progressive and versatile, its musicians perform a repertoire ranging from well-loved masterpieces to new works. Its debut showcases Hungary’s most beloved composers, with Dvořák’s rousing Ninth Symphony, From the New World; Liszt’s Symphonic Poem no. 3; and Bartók’s folk-inspired Concerto no. 3, performed by pianist Zoltan Fejérvári.
Concerto Budapest is one of Hungary’s oldest ensembles, with more than 100 years of history; its predecessor was founded in 1907. In 2007, on its 100th anniversary, András Keller, world-renowned Hungarian violinist, pedagogue, and the founder of the Keller Quartet, was appointed as artistic director and chief conductor of the orchestra. Under his leadership, the orchestra has undergone a major period of artistic growth and development, as the foremost young chamber musicians have joined him.
Keller’s innovative concert programs are designed to engage musicians and audience members alike in a dialogue with the music. To heighten this tension, old masterpieces are heard alongside contemporary pieces, often illuminating new aspects of both works that are a result of that particular pairing.
Highly acclaimed Hungarian musicians such as Dezső Ránki, Zoltán Kocsis, Dénes Várjon, Barnabás Kelemen, and Miklos Perényi are regular guests of the orchestra, in addition to Concerto Budapest's returning international guest soloists and collaborators, who include Gidon Kremer, Krzysztof Penderecki, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Martha Argerich, Radu Lupu, Roberto Abbado, Vadim Repin, Heinz Holliger, Isabelle Faust, Khatia Buniatishvili, Anna Vinnitskaya, Sir James Galway, and Evgeni Koroliov.
Concerto Budapest's repertoire ranges from virtuosic, large-scale symphonic works from Mussorgsky, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, or Shostakovich, to classical concertos from Mozart or Beethoven, or contemporary pieces from Thomas Adés, Lera Auerbach, György Kurtág, Krzysztof Penderecki, and László Vidovsky, among others.
About Zoltán Fejérvári
Pianist Zoltán Fejérvári joins the orchestra during this performance. Having emerged as one of the most intriguing pianists among the newest generation of Hungarian musicians, he won the 2017 Concours Musical International de Montréal and was the recipient of the prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in 2016.
Fejérvári has appeared in recitals at prestigious venues throughout the Americas and Europe and has performed as a soloist with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Hungarian National Orchestra, and Verbier Chamber Orchestra. He has collaborated with such conductors as Iván Fischer, Gábor Tákács-Nagy, Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi, and Zoltán Kocsis.
Janáček, Fejérvári’s 2019 solo recording debut, earned rave reviews as “the most sensitive and deeply probative recording” of the composer’s work (Gramophone). His latest recording, Schumann, was released in May 2020 and was again praised by Gramophone: "Fejérvári is a deeply communicative artist who combines an imperturbable yet magisterial command of his instrument with impeccable musicality. Those who have yet to hear him are in for a rare treat."
This is the first performance at the Moss Arts Center for Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Keller, and Fejérvári.