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Named among the world’s top ten orchestras in Gramophone’s most recent poll of critics, the Budapest Festival Orchestra returns to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall for a performance of works by Bartók and Schubert on Wednesday, October 26. The orchestra will be conducted by former National Symphony Orchestra principal conductor Iván Fischer whose conducting has been described by the __Guardian __as producing “stupendous music-making.” Said Gramophone, “It’s an extraordinary set-up…a group of superb musicians who play with a passion and commitment that beggars belief. The combination of Iván Fischer, the orchestra’s founder and music director, and these fine players has elevated music-making to a level that astonishes and delights with equal measure.” Said the __New York Times __of a recent performance, “New York classical music audiences are getting to know the Hungarian conductor Ivan Fischer, and that, it turns out, is all to the good…The orchestra played well, with a full-bodied sound and yet a transparency that helped clarify lines in the occasionally dense counterpoint.” **

**The Budapest Festival Orchestra was formed in 1983 by Fischer and Hungarian pianist, composer and conductor Zoltán Kocsis and is made up of musicians drawn from the cream of Hungary’s players. It was declared a national institution supported by the state of Hungary in 2003. The Orchestra performs both in Budapest and at the world’s most important musical centers.

Best known in Washington for his tenure with the National Symphony Orchestra, Iván Fischer has developed an international reputation as one of the world’s most visionary and successful orchestral leaders. As a guest conductor Fischer works frequently with the world’s finest symphony orchestras. He has been invited to the Berlin Philharmonic more than ten times and annually leads two-week programs with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He works regularly with leading U.S. symphony orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra. In February 2011 Fischer was appointed music director of the Konzerthaus in Berlin and principal conductor of the Konzerthaus Orchestra. He will start his tenure in August 2012.

Fischer studied piano, violin, cello and composition in Budapest, continuing his education in Vienna. He has recently been active as a composer whose works have been performed in the United States, Holland, Hungary, Germany and Austria. Fischer is a founder of the Hungarian Mahler Society, and Patron of the British Kodály Academy. He was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Conductor Award in May, 2011.

Dubbed a “superb” pianist by the New York Times, András Schiff** **has frequently performed critically-acclaimed recitals for WPAS. Wrote __The Guardian __of his performance at London’s Proms last summer, “András Schiff’s strikingly thoughtful account of Bartók’s Third Piano Concerto really caught the attention – the opening movement quietly reflective and almost elegiac, tinged with the elegance of neoclassicism yet allowed to unfold in its own space, the “night music” episode of the central adagio given almost an improvisatory feel.” 

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