The Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra has been a permanent performer of the classical music scene’s international elite for more than half a century, thus they are rightly known as one of the best representatives of the chamber music genre. The orchestra is led by Péter Tfirst since 2016 and year after year performs in the most significant concert halls with first-class soloists, who delight in working with an orchestra due to their high degree of precision, versatility and adaptability.
The chamber orchestra was founded in 1963 by former students of the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest. During these more than 50 years, under the leadership of first of Frigyes Sándor and subsequently of János Rolla, the orchestra gained international recognition. They have performed in more than fifty countries (including the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Sydney Opera House, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, and the Théatre de la Ville in Paris).
The recent years have flourished with outstanding concerts. The Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra performed at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Tonhalle in Düsseldorf, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Victora Hall in Geneva and the Heydar Aliyev in Baku, and also played at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival and the Gstaad Menuhin Festival. They visited the world famous National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing and were invited to one of the most prestigious festivals of Asia, the China-Shanghai International Arts Festival.
The Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra opened the Liszt Year in 2011 as well as of the Hungarian European Union presidency at the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, where the concert was attended by the Spanish King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia. Besides the highly acclaimed German and Italian tours, the orchestra gave a series of concerts in South America in 2013 and in Japan in 2014.
The orchestra recently played with such outstanding soloists as Mischa Maisky, Martha Argerich, Emmanuel Pahud, Vadim Gluzman, Alison Balsom, Fazil Say, Boris Berezovsky, Ning Feng, Kristóf Baráti, István Várdai, David Fray, Denis Matsuev, Jefim Bronfman, Gustav Rivinius, Markus Stockhausen, Gábor Boldoczki, Andrea Rost, and Steven Isserlis. In 2016, the Deutsche Grammophon released their album “Concertos for Double Bass” as a joint venture with Ödön Rácz, which received internationally acclaimed.
The Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra’s recent tour plans include three concerts with Martha Argerich in July 2017, will perform at the Rheingau Music Festival and at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. In September 2017, the orchestra sets off on a Georgian tour, and then will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with the Münchener Bach-Chor in Budapest.
Over 100+ recordings of have been produced with the orchestra with such artists as: Maurice André, Emannuel Ax, Zoltán Kocsis, Tamás Pálfavi, Miklós Perényi, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Dező Ránki, Isaac Stern, and Thomas Zehetmair on labels CBS Masterworks, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Erato, Harmonia Mundi, Hungaroton, Naxos and Sony among others.
The Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra is proud to be the national orchestra of Hungary, and to represent and promote Hungarian culture throughout the world.