MÁV Symphony Orchestra

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February 2023

The year 2019 will mark the 45th anniversary of Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi's first visit to Hungary, and he has been a key figure in the Hungarian music world ever since. His popularity remains unbroken even as three generations of Hungarian music lovers have grown up in the meantime. Kobayashi won Hungarian Television's first international conducting competition and served for many years as the chief music director of the Hungarian State Concert Orchestra and honorary guest conductor of the MÁV Symphony Orchestra. As he has said several times, the latter was the first orchestra he ever conducted outside of his homeland (in the first round of the conducting competition), and that pleasant experience formed the entire foundation for how he came to feel about Hungarian music and people. At this concert, he will also be making his début as a composer. It will be interesting to hear his creative output in his own musical mother tongue, as the extraordinary humility and empathy with which he interprets the works of other composers is already well known. Kobayashi's piece will be followed by one composition from each of the three greatest Hungarian composers. 

Program and cast

20 November 2022

Conductor: Róbert Farkas

Piano: Valentin Magyar

Cello: Bence Temesvári


Tímea Dragony: Onyx - world première

Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Prokofiev: Sinfonia concertante, Op. 125

9 February 2023

Conductor: Róbert Farkas

Piano: Elisabeth Leonskaja

MÁV Symphony Orchestra


Mahler: Blumine - the original second movement from Symphony No. 1

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G major, Op. 44

Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D major ("Titan")

Palace of Arts Müpa Budapest

When Müpa Budapest, Hungary and its capital's new cultural hub, opened in 2005, it was built to represent more than 100 years of Hungarian cultural history. As a conglomeration of cultural venues, the building has no precedent in 20th century Hungarian architecture and has no peers in the whole of Central Europe.

The creators of this ambitious project, the Trigránit Development Corporation, prime contractor Arcadom Construction and the Zoboki, Demeter and Partners Architectural Office, were driven by the desire to create a new European cultural citadel as part of the new Millennium City Centre complex along the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Danube waterfront. The result is a facility whose construction quality, appearance, functionality and 21st century technological infrastructure makes it ideally suited to productions of the highest standard. The building is also highly versatile and equipped to host performances of any genre and almost any scale.

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