Might be the best orchestra in the world.
New York Times
The Budapest Festival Orchestra was formed in 1983 by Iván Fischer and Zoltán Kocsis.
The orchestra’s concerts include Dancing on the Square, one of the orchestra’s priority projects, which is as much about communal creativity, tolerance and equal opportunities as it is about music and dance. The Autism-friendly Cocoa Concerts are another of the orchestra’s major initiatives, providing a safe environment for children living with autism and their families alike.
The orchestra has won two Gramophone Awards, the ‘Oscars of classical music’, and has also been nominated for a Grammy. International concerts and successes aside, the orchestra’s driving mission is to serve our home audience. Music aficionados have over seventy chances to meet the orchestra every season, be it in concert halls or at our rehearsal hall. What is more, the orchestra is making ever more frequent appearances at alternative venues – in nursing homes, abandoned synagogues, hospitals, child care institutions, prisons and schools.