Orchestra of the Budapest Philharmonic Society

It was in 1853, that conductor Ferenc Erkel und leading members of the orchestra of the National Theatre in Budapest inspired a philharmonic movement. This led to the foundation of Hungary's first ever symphony orchestra, which regularly held philhamonic concerts. The first concert took place on 20th November 1853. It was the beginning of a subscription series for concerts, which was unique for European music life at that time.

The History of the Budapest Philharmonic Society is inimitable in its own kind: Numerous important events in musical history as well as a long line of eminent composers and musicians form the society's rich past. It was up to this orchestra to lay the cornerstone for modern symphonic concert life in Hungary. For a long row of symphonic events, the whole of musical Europe laid eyes upon these concerts in Budapest, and very many critics referred to the Hungarian audience's passion for music.

Performing the great works of past and present, was the orchestra's main goal since its foundation thus bringing an impressive row of musical personalities to Budapest to work with the orchestra: Ferenc Erkel, Franz Liszt, Karl Goldmark, Johannes Brahms, Antonín Dvořák, Gustav Mahler, Pietro Mascagni, Richard Strauss, Maurice Ravel, Ernő Dohnányi, Ottorino Respighi, Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, Zoltán Kodály and György Kurtág, to name but a few.

After Die Zauberflöte in 2019, the orchestra will be part of the “Oper im Steinbruch“ summer for the second time.