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Alan Walker

Liszt Academy starts ticket sales for the upcoming season

17 May 2024

World-famous British violinist Daniel Hope, the young but internationally recognized Brazilian male soprano Bruno de Sá, and French string quartet Quatuor Ébène are among the performers at the concerts of the Liszt Academy in autumn 2024. Tickets are available at an extraordinary discount until the end of May.

On May 15, ticket sales began for the autumn concerts organized by the Liszt Academy. Once again, the programmes will spotlight the outstanding students and faculty members of this world-class music higher education institution. Alongside the well-known series from previous seasons, the lineup also includes new editions of previously successful series.

Programme Director András Csonka emphasized that the Liszt Academy remains an island in a rapidly changing environment where the audience can get closest to the values of classical music, making the experience both immersive and uplifting.

The diverse programme features a range of outstanding events, including performances by three world stars. Bruno de Sá, the young Brazilian male soprano, will make his debut in Hungary after performing at the biggest festivals and opera stages. He will be accompanied by the Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra, presenting a programme from the Classical era. British violinist Daniel Hope will return to the stage of the Liszt Academy with his chamber partners for a Baroque musical adventure entitled “AIR – A Baroque Journey.” Additionally, the French Quatuor Ébène string quartet will perform compositions by Haydn, Beethoven, and Britten.

Photo: Warner Classics/Laure Bernard


In the Bach in Solo series, audiences can look forward to a cello recital by Ditta Rohmann and two piano recitals by Zoltán Fejérvári, with the latter performing all of Johann Sebastian Bach’s partitas.

The series entited Talent Obliges, Y Generation, Masters of the Orchestra, Workshops at the Liszt Academy, Conservatoire Concerts, and the brand-new Sunday Afternoon Classics offer opportunities to discover the most talented students of the Liszt Academy. The latter series aims to appeal to music lovers who enjoy coming in the afternoon to listen to well-known classical pieces performed by our best young artists, accompanied by a brief introduction to music history. In the Master of the Orchestra, the Liszt Academy Symphony and the Liszt Academy String Orchestra will be led by János Kovács as well as Barnabás Kelemen.

Another new series, Written a Hundred Years Ago, presents works from 1924-1925 by performers at the beginning of their careers.

In November, the chamber music festival – traditionally organized in the fall – will reach a new chapter under the artistic direction of Izabella Simon and Dénes Várjon. This year’s theme is inspired by Milan Kundera’s book “The Unbearable Lightness of Being.” The festival will once again feature numerous outstanding international and local artists.

Performances that blend various artistic disciplines will include a thematic chamber evening featuring flutist Noémi Győri, pianist József Balog, and poet-actor Géza Röhrig, known from the Oscar-winning film “Son of Saul” in the Chamber Music, So Close series, as well as a semi-staged performance of Messiaen’s powerful work, “Quartet for the End of Time,” enhanced with light installations and contemporary dance, led by pianist and multimedia artist Róza Radnóti. Additionally, there will be a performance by two Liszt Academy students, soprano Júlia Csejtei-Varga and pianist Eszter Szabó, entitled “Klárák” (Claras), which will explore the challenges faced by young female artists today through the life of Clara Schumann.

In the Acoustic, Authentic series showcasing folk music, performances will feature the Talléros Ensemble, PásztorHóra, and Sára Tímár with her band. Jazz enthusiasts can look forward to the Jazz It! series, with performances by the Tálas Áron Trio, a composer evening by Tibor Csuhaj-Barna, and a concert by Jazzation.

The piano series Black and White Colours, the contemporary music series Here and Now, and the Organ in the Centre will continue with new concerts.

The children’s programme Liszt Kidz Academy will return this fall with a new season titled “Sounds from the Workshop”. Featuring contributions from food blogger András Jókuti and comedian András Péter Kovács, the programme will explore how composers like Bach and Mozart drew inspiration from various professions, showcasing the works of four composers.

At the beginning of September, the Liszt Academy will host the sixth Éva Marton International Singing Competition. Entry to the preliminary and semi-final rounds is free, and tickets for the final and the gala at the Hungarian State Opera are now on sale. This year’s Bartók World Competition will focus on composers, with the award ceremony gala taking place at the end of November.

Tickets for the new season’s concerts can be purchased with a 15% discount until May 31, regardless of quantity. After that, the usual discount system will apply: a 10% discount for purchasing tickets to two different concerts, 15% for three different events, and 20% off the total price for four or more different concerts.

The detailed programme and ticket purchasing information are available on the portal under the “Concert Series Autumn 2024” section.