Orchestra of the <br> Philharmonic Society Budapest
In 1853, thanks to the conductor of the National Theater Ferenc Erkel and the leading members of the orchestra (Károly Doppler, Ferenc Doppler, Dávid Ridley-Kohne, Károly Huber), the philharmonic movement was founded, the result of which was the country's first ever symphonic orchestra to perform regularly. The first concert took place on November 20 in 1853 and was the prelude to a - until then unique - subscription to a series of concerts in Europe. In one of the centers of European musical life, in Vienna, the Philharmonic did not organize a similar concert series until seven years later.
The history of the Budapest Philharmonic Society is unique in its kind: Its rich past includes numerous significant events in the history of music, as well as a long line of contributing composers and musicians of great importance to each era. No wonder that this ensemble is therefore considered one of the most important European orchestras. The orchestra laid the foundation for symphonic concert life in Hungary. On numerous occasions, all of Europe watched the Budapest concerts and many critics reported the love of music of the Hungarian public.
Since its foundation, performing the great works of the past and the present has been one of the fundamental goals: That’s the reason why personalities such as
Ferenc Erkel, Ferenc Liszt, Károly Goldmark, Johannes Brahms, Antonín Dvořák, Gustav Mahler, Pietro Mascagni, Richard Strauss, Maurice Ravel, Ernő Dohnányi, Ottorino Respighi, Béla Bartók, Igor Strawinsky, Zoltán Kodály, Leó Weiner, Pál Kadosa, Emil Petrovics, Sándor Szokolay as well as György Kurtág influenced the history of the orchestra.
In 2019, the orchestra will perform at the St. Margarethen Quarry for the first time.