For six years, I received the most significant part of my formal musical education at the Liszt Academy.

Sir Georg Solti
Concert No. 1

15 July 2022, 19.30-22.00

Grand Hall

Festival Academy 2022

Concert No. 1

Beethoven: Twenty-three Songs of Various Nationalities, WoO 158a / 16. Schöne Minka, ich muss scheiden (Ucranian song)
Ágnes Kovács (soprano), Gergely Bogányi (piano), Barnabás Kelemen (violin), Dóra Kokas (cello)
Bartók: Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, BB 115
József Balog, Mihály Berecz (piano), Zoltán Rácz, Aurél Holló (percussion)


Stravinsky: L’Histoire du soldat (The Soldier’s Tale)
Piroska Molnár (narrator), Zoltán Bezerédi (devil), Attila Vidnyánszky Jr. (soldier), Hanna Kelemen (wife)
Katalin Kokas (violin), Knut Erik Sundquist (double bass), Zsolt Bartek (clarinet), Sergei Nakariakov (trumpet), Bence Bogányi (bassoon), Attila Sztán (trombone), Szabolcs Joó (percussion)
Conductor: Barnabás Kelemen
Director: Tamás Ascher

At the world premiere in 1838, Bartók and his wife, Ditta Pásztory played the piano; now the Liszt Award-winning József Balog and the young pianist, Mihály Berecz, will perform the piano parts, while the percussion instruments will come to life thanks to two Kossuth Award-winning musicians, Zoltán Rácz and Aurél Holló. Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du soldat (The Soldier’s Tale), a theatrical work “to be read, played, and danced” written 20 years earlier, will feature celebrated stars and create a special opening for the festival. The piece is directed by the renowned theatre director Tamás Ascher; Piroska Molnár will act as narrator, while Zoltán Bezerédi, Attila Vidnyánszky Jr. and Hanna Kelemen will interpret the other characters. Due to the ongoing war, Stravinsky reduced the orchestra to the very minimum in this Faust-inspired story relating to a soldier’s pact with the devil. Such international stars represent the most characteristic members of the instrumental groups as the Austrian Andreas Ottensamer, the Russian–Israeli trumpet virtuoso, also dubbed as the “Caruso of the trumpet”, Sergei Nakariakov, or the Norwegian double bass genius, Knut Erik Sundquist. To commemorate the victims of the war in Ukraine, both the concert and the festival will open with a Ukrainian folk song in Beethoven’s rarely performed arrangement.

Presented by

Festival Academy Budapest


HUF 2 500, 3 000, 3 750, 4 000

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