Budapest Festival Orchestra

Budapest Festival OrchestraThe Budapest Festival Orchestra (Hungarian: Budapesti Fesztiválzenekar) was formed in 1983 by Iván Fischer and Zoltán Kocsis, with musicians drawn from the cream of Hungary’s younger players, as The Times put it. Its aim was to make the orchestra’s concerts into significant events in Hungary’s musical life, and to give Budapest a new symphony orchestra of international standing.

Between 1992 and 2000, extending its work to a full season, the ensemble operated under the aegis of the Budapest Municipality and the new BFO Foundation, formed by fifteen Hungarian and multinational corporations and banks. From the 2000/2001 season onwards the orchestra was operated by the BFO Foundation, which the Budapest City Council regularly supports under a contract renewable every five years. In 2003 the Ministry of Cultural Heritage declared the orchestra a national institution supported by the state.

 

Budapest Festival Orchestra – Wikipedia