MÁV Symphony Orchestra

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

Conductor: Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi
Piano: Ayano Kobayashi


Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi: Hundred and Fifty Years of Two Homelands
Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S. 124
Bartók: Dance Suite, Sz. 77, BB 86
Kodály: Dances of Galánta

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May 2019

Palace of Arts

The Palace of Arts (Művészetek Palotája in Hungarian) is a building in Ferencváros, Budapest, Hungary, officially opened in March 2005. It is located near Rákóczi Bridge and was designed by Zoboky, Demeter and Partners Architectural Office. The National Theatre, which opened in 2002, is located next to it.


Both the Palace of Arts and the National Theatre are part of the new Millennium City Center being created in Budapest.

The structure of the Palace of Arts covers a ground area of 10,000 m² and the total floor space of the building is 70,000 m². It received the Prix d’Excellence of FIABCI in 2006.

The general manager is Csaba Kael.


Performing arts and other facilities


Bartók National Concert Hall is 25 m high, 25 m wide and 52 m long, providing a total capacity for 1,699 people. The concert hall features variable acoustics. The organ of the concert hall, inaugurated in 2006 by Xaver Varnus, has 92 stops and 5 manuals as well as 470 wooden pipes, 5028 tin pipes and 1214 reed pipes. It is one of the largest organs in Europe. A fully playable virtual version of this pipe organ named Palace of Arts Budapest Pipe Organ Samples was developed in 2008.


Ludwig Museum.  This is a state of the art Contemporary Art Museum with paintings by;Picasso("Musketeer With Sword"),David Hockney,Tom Wesselman,Richard Estes("Rappaport Pharmacy") plus paintings by these Modern Hungarian Masters;Imre Bukta("Officers at Pig Feast").Laszlo Feher,and Imre Bak.There are also creations by;Claes Oldenburg ("Lingerie Counter"),Yoko Ono,and Markus Lupertz.

Festival Theatre.  The Festival Theatre, in the Eastern third of the Palace of Arts building, seats 452 and also has the most modern technology.

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