Elemér Balázs: I can’t even wish a better life for me

We just have to add a jazzy world to early music. That gives us a perfect mixture but we still maintain respect for the original piece.

The magical number 75 and the meeting of generations in classical music

According to some theories, the number 75 is an angelic combination, a reference of how something will change for us…

The aesthetics of networks exposed in a complex way – interview with Albert-László Barabási

Hidden Patterns is the title of the exhibition that shows important projects from the internationally known network researcher Albert-László Barabási….

Every concert becomes a special gift these days – says jazz singer Nikoletta Szőke

The New Orleans Swing Festival will start in the Müpa with the most popular Hollywood movie soundtracks from the 1920s…

Our joyful and energetic show aims to chase fears away – says cellist István Várdai

This show is a lovely collection with the content and depth of more traditional classical concerts, but amalgamated with a light summer night atmosphere.

The pandemic taught me: it makes no sense to burn ourselves out – interview with Barna Szőke from The Qualitons

Bands are usually defined by genres, but we have gone through such a journey within the last 11 years that I couldn’t define our genre – the guitarist says.

Hungarian opera singer under lockdown in Paris – interview with Emőke Baráth

The opera singer, who experienced the covid-19 pandemic in Paris, told us about the recent past as well as the upcoming concert.

Challenges and possibilities of lockdown for a contemporary composer – interview with Judit Varga

How did composers’ life change in this extraordinary situation? What kind of possibilities and challenges are waiting for them?

Forming a circle on stage will help at this extraordinary concert – interview with Áron Eredics from the band Söndörgő

“We do what we can to keep making music, but there won’t be any tours for a while” – band leader says. This brings them to the Müpa drive-in cinema soon…

No virus can take the community-building effect of music – interview with singer Lóránt Csorba

My realist self says that with precautions, concerts can be held in autumn – says Lóránt Csorba, frontman of the band Lóci játszik, about post-covid gigs.

At some point we need to be like kindergarten teachers – interview with conductor János Kovács

Even after 40 years on stage, János Kovács still has his doubts before every concert. Now he has to prove his talent in a pretty extraordinary setting…

There should be no sacred cows in arts – interview with choreographer Roy Assaf

I consider it a continuous process and with Girls in particular there has been a sense of great discovery over the past year – Roy Assaf recalls.

I told the dancers: we will be music, guys! – interview with Christos Papadopoulos

There are four instruments in Bach’s work: flute, cello, bass clarinet and violin, and each is represented by a human body. ‘Opus’, performed in the Trafó.

Sufi poets are humanist and ageless – interview with Persian singer Alireza Ghorbani

These poets are still quoted because they talk about the moral roots of humanity – says Alireza Ghorbani who will sing a bunch of their poems soon.

It’s easier to wait for Christmas with Bach’s music! – interview with conductor Marcus Creed

A wonderful concert that features festive and Christmas-related works by Bach. Two ensembles, five soloists – and their conductor, Marcus Creed.

Medical student in Pécs: Classical Chill Out enhances our student experience fundamentally

For beginners in the world of classical music, this is a good place to start – says international student Tuva Stranger on the Classical Chill Out concerts.

How Danyèl Waro from Réunion discovered folk music as a mean of fight against oppression

In the first twenty years of my career, playing maloya was something to fight for, not to live from – says Danyel Waro, the “proud bastard” of Réunion.

Silence in the place of sound – but what in the place of silence? Remembering Dezső Tandori

He created an own universe, went on his own path, and after his poetry arrived to collective consciousness, no one could think the same old ways anymore.

Some Favourites of the Erdődy Orchestra – interview with Zsolt Szefcsik

Innovative spirit, rediscovery of forgotten pieces, playing at unusual places, contributing to Polish-Hungarian siblinghood: this is the Erdődy Orchestra.

Can physical theatre and circus visualize totalitarian dictatorship? – Alexander Vantournhout and the Red-Haired Men

It will work out very well in Trafó to awake feelings with the mere method of looking at people – says Alexander Vantournhout.

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