László Kollár-Klemencz: I don’t want to be a retro concert musician

It is important to deal with songs with a progressive approach, while respecting the values of old music – says László Kollár-Klemencz.

Levon Eskenian: Bartók got to Armenians only after the genocide

In the past, I had an impressive discussion with Levon Eskenian, leader of Armenian Gurdjieff Ensemble. Now again – but many things changed.

Lucrezia Borgia rules over life and death – says director Ferenc Anger

In fact, Lucrezia Borgia is a Renaissance person who combines the sciences and the arts. A semi-staged opera in the Müpa.

Lucie Horsch: the new piece is a result of a past encounter in Budapest

Rising Stars: three-day festival and six concerts in the Müpa. We asked Dutch Lucie Horsch before the beginning of the adventure.

Here, Romanians, Hungarians and the Roma coexist peacefully – interview with Zsolt Juhász

Dance of the Mezőség is very unified, but every ethnic group has its own traits. It was a difficult task for the dancers and musicians…

Norbert Káel: it was a part of Liszt’s rockstar image to be charming

I am close to the Liszt who, in his old age, got fed up with success and glamour and made a complete dimensional change when he abandoned it.

New opera-musical version of The Master and Margarita – interview with director Vajk Szente

The music is exciting: classical opera on the one hand, rock music on the other, and thirdly, there are musical elements – says the director.

There are no styles, only soulful our soulless music – interview with multi-sided musician Viktor Tóth

I want to be a creative musician and a composer who always writes from his soul. I’m searching for the meaning of my presence in this world.

If you could see me now… and now… and now… – interview with Arno Schuitemaker

Have you ever wanted to talk to someone who indeed fulfilled everyone’s contradictory childhood dreams within one single life?

Gergely Agócs: we have no reason to hold grudge against the neighbouring countries

“I have collected more than 850 hours of folk music material during the last 35 years, and meanwhile I visited hundreds of places.”

Víkingur Ólafsson: Hungarians are everywhere in my career

I’m catching pianist Víkingur Ólafsson for an interview during his tour in Los Angeles to discuss his newest album and the related concert…

Friedrich Liechtenstein: sometimes irony is more precise than realism

I remember how lovely it felt with 15 to sleep on the Margaret Island under the stars – he recalls before coming to Budapest soon again.

Cédric Eeckhout’s message to Hungarian PM – what is to be half Flemish, half Walloon?

I realised more and more how my personal feelings and life events are connected to European politics and international relations.

Péter Kálmán: I won’t be the usual Don Giovanni but a wizard

Director András Hábetler and myself are childhood friends, so he tailored the character of Don Giovanni to match my personality.

Gabi Szűcs: the femme fatale has no success in finding happiness

Jazz singer Gabi Szűcs investigates in her concert what is really like to be labelled as femme fatale. Are these women better lovers than wives?

A fantastic experience: they dance Vasarely’s paintings! – interview with Balázs Vincze

Vasarely was born in Pécs, so it brings us a great opportunity to celebrate the 60th birthday of our dance company Ballet Pécs with him!

The Concerto reveals a lot about an ill Bartók’s mental and physical state

Interview with dancer-choreographer Tamás Juronics and his artistic partners. How can you dance to Bartók’s Concerto? How do worlds meet?

Criminal dance drama based on a terrifying story – interview with screenwriter Zsuzsa Zs. Vincze

A Szekler folk ballad tells a universal story about passionate love overwriting everything, marital infidelity, jealousy, and revenge.

Music is not like a 100-metre dash – interview with Charlie Horváth

…And then, in the early summer of 2019, we were on the way home in the bus, and then I suddenly said: OK guys, let’s record an album!

Makám shows so many different faces with its music – interview with Zoltán Krulik

I love contemplative, meditative singing. Also, old Hungarian folk music was an important experience – explains the band leader.

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