Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra

6-12 June 2022

Conductor: András Keller

Soloists:  Angela Hewitt (Piano)

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Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra

Explore this progressive and productive symphony orchestra’s brave, unique sound with more than 100 years of history, based in Budapest, Hungary.

Since 2007, the artistic director and chief conductor of the orchestra has been András Keller, the world-renowned Hungarian violinist, founder of Keller Quartet, Professor of Violin at London’s Guildhall School of Music. Under his leadership, the orchestra, especially famed for its interpretations of Bartók, Kurtág and Ligeti, has acquired an overwhelming, ever-expanding classical repertoire. Highly acclaimed soloists are frequent guests of the orchestra and include – among others Gidon Kremer, Krzysztof Penderecki, Boris Berezovsky, Heinz Holliger, Angela Hewitt, Isabelle Faust, Steven Isserlis and Evgeni Koroliov. Artistic director: András Keller, Managing director: Dr. Péter Edvi. The honorary president of the orchestra is György Kurtág.

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András Keller, conductor

András Keller has enjoyed a varied career as a soloist, concertmaster, and chamber musician at the highest international level. His early studies at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest led to many collaborations with György Kurtág, whose works he has been premiering and performing worldwide since 1978. He has also enjoyed working intensively with Dénes Kovács, Ferenc Rados and, until his death, Sándor Végh.

András Keller founded the Keller String Quartet in 1987 and has since given master classes and concerts throughout the world. As both chamber musician and soloist, he has appeared in every European country, performing at many prestigious festivals such as Salzburg, Edinburgh, Lucerne, Aldeburgh, Schleswig-Holstein and the BBC Proms. Outside of Europe, András Keller has been invited to New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Washington’s Library of Congress, and many cities in Japan, China, and Korea. During his career he has worked with world-renowned artists including Mstislav Rostropovich, Natalia Gutman, Boris Pergamenschikow, Tabea Zimmerman, Truls Mørk, Gidon Kremer, Kim Kashkashian, Evgeni Koroliov, Boris Berezovsky, Alexander Lubimov, Juliane Banse, Khatia Buniatishvili, Vadim Repin, Isabelle Faust and Steven Isserlis, Heinz Holliger.

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Angela Hewitt, piano

Angela Hewitt occupies a unique position among today’s leading pianists. With a wide-ranging repertoire and frequent appearances in recital and with orchestras throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia, she is also an award-winning recording artist whose performances of Bach have established her as one of the composer’s foremost interpreters. In 2020 she received the City of Leipzig Medal: a huge honour that for the first time in its 17-year history will be awarded to a woman.

In September 2016, Angela began her “Bach Odyssey”, performing the complete keyboard works of Bach in a series of 12 recitals. The cycle was presented in London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s 92nd Street Y, and in Ottawa, Tokyo and Florence. After her performances of the complete Well-Tempered Clavier at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival, the critic of the London Times wrote, “…the freshness of Hewitt’s playing made it sound as though no one had played this music before.”

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