Jazz Spring welcomes three great female jazz musicians this year

Jane Monheit can thank Ella Fitzgerald, Ida Nielsen to Prince, and Tia Fuller to Beyoncé that their career had a great start.

Why do musicians fear Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3?

“Rachmaninoff composed this peace to do whatever he wanted with the instrument he dominated. It was a demonstration of possibilities.”

The Far East Draws Near

To us, Tai Chi Chuan is not just a martial art, but a system of motion and composition made up of given movements in perfect harmony with nature…

Presenting All the Beauty of Vertical Dance

Strings will be important elements of the performance, both literally and metaphorically. We’d like the people in the audience to discover common threads…

He Comes, He Sees, He Conquers

Valery Gergiev arrives to this year’s Budapest Spring Festival with two productions – Iolantha and Cinderella -, giving three performances.

The Sherlock Holmes of Russian Opera

“The creation and later life of Khovanshchina surpasses even detective novels when it comes to mystery and adventure…” János Bojti and Mussorgsky.

Glittering like gold – five personalities, five special-themed concerts

We can expect a diverse programme, but the incredible quality links all five individual concerts together. Gold Standard series of the Pannon Philharmonics.

Budapest opens festival season in Europe – 39. Spring Festival launches on 5 April

“We are the Budapest Spring Festival”, says executive director Csaba Káel. Franz Liszt, Russian culture and the 100-year-old Bauhaus in the spotlight.

Branford Marsalis: Playing with Sting for four years was a great experience

“Working with singers, you have to understand that you are in a support role. Now that we are a quartet again, we use that experience to support each other.”

It’s not about you in the music, it’s about music in yourself

She answers the phone and I’m astonished how beautiful her voice is. I can imagine her leading a meditation group…

Even the conductor was outraged because of my blonde wig – interview with Karine Babajanyan

The Land of Smiles, Müpa, 1 February 2019, 7 pm We caught the incredibly nice opera singer, Karine Babajanyan, for…

Here is Erik Satie, maybe the only real hero of the (not so) belle époque

Easy Grace – PFZ, Müpa, Béla Bartók Concert Hall, 25 January 2019, 7:30 pm „We should have a music of our…

His instrument was banned, his fellow musicians killed – the story of Bombino

In the evening, after dinner and milking sheep, camels and goats, people from every tent came together at a common fire where they drank tea, talked about history, recited poems and sang.

The way we play this instrument is like conducting a whole orchester

“I found it fantastic that every organ is different, you can hear completely new sounds, hundreds of years of music is awaken, and there are all these historical organs, still working today, all around the world…”

She heard Jerusalem’s stones crying out to her to sing

“I am the result of the most beautiful mixture and this mixture is the fountain from which I create.” Yasmin Levy on her father, the Sephardim, Jerusalem and the sacredness of music.

Stars of talent shows who won much more than fame

After years of hard work, practice, success in closer circles, many musicians really deserve national recognition and money. And there are some people who win even more in a talent show… Just like these three musicians.

Rising Stars – Young wizards of music bring Europe to Budapest

Even with a magical goblet to choose participants, it wouldn’t be a question why to choose these talented young people over thousands of their fellow students and colleagues.

When an audience is truly with me, I feel that anything is possible – interview with Stanley Jordan

“I knew I had to do this because I had music in my head that I could not make on the guitar.” Meet Stanley Jordan and others, and see him playing the guitar the way no one else does.

We aim to impress fans of big musical emotions – interview with conductor Erki Pehk

“I consider Sinfonietta Rīga as one of the best, if not the best, chamber orchestras in the Baltic region”, says Estonian conductor Erki Pehk.

Consistency in Transformation

To these driving rhythms and storytelling melodies, the quintet adds improvisations and orchestrations with various tones to fully realise their captivating power.

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