MTVA music ensembles

The Music Ensembles of the Hungarian Public Service Media

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The MR Symphony Orchestra
The Hungarian Radio Choir
The Hungarian Radio Children's Choir
Within just a few years of its foundation, the Orchestra had already achieved a substantial international reputation, attracting many celebrated musicians and conductors to Budapest. These popular figures included Claudio Abbado, John Barbirolli, Otto Klemperer, David Oistrakh, Ruggiero Ricci, Sviatoslav Richter, Sir George Solti and Leopold Stokowski. Of particular significance was the noted Italian conductor Lamberto Gardelli, who enjoyed an especially long and fruitful relationship with the MRSO The Orchestra has played many important concerts in Hungary and throughout the world. Since 2006, it has also continued to play a central role in Budapest’s ’Wagner Days’ Festival.
The leading conductor of the Music Ensembles of the Hungarian Public Service Media is János Kovács in the 2014-2015 season. Between 2011 and 2014 Gergely Vajda conducted the Orchestra, who remains the guest conductor of the MR Symphonic in the next season.
János Kovács
János Kovács studied conducting at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, as a student of András Kórodi and Albert Simon. Immediately after his graduation in 1973 he joined the Hungarian State Opera House as a répétiteur, and in 1976 started working there as a conductor. During the summers of 1979, 1980 and 1981 he was musical assistant to Pierre Boulez in Bayreuth for performances of The Ring cycle and also for productions of The Flying Dutchman, Tannhäuser and Parsifal. Between 1987 and 1990 he was principal conductor of the Hungarian State Opera House. János Kovács has been principal guest conductor of the Budapest Philharmonic Society since 2001, and was an acting Director of Music at the Hungarian State Opera House in 2003 and again in 2006 and 2007. He has been Principal Conductor of the Hungarian State Opera House since the autumn of 2007. In addition to his constant work in the Opera House he is regularly invited to conduct the leading Hungarian symphony orchestras with a demanding repertoire that ranges from classical and romantic operas and symphonic pieces to contemporary music. His international career has also taken him to conduct major orchestras throughout Europe and as a guest conductor he appeared on stages in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Berlin and London. János Kovács used to be principal guest conductor of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and between 1992 and 1998 became permanent- and from 1998 principal guest conductor of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. János Kovács gained much recognition as a concert and opera conductor in Karlsruhe, at the Badisches Staatstheater and in the Bratislava National Theatre. His debut at the Berlin Komische Opera was also a success in January 2011 and in August 2012 he conducted performances of Puccini’s La Boheme in Mexico. He has contributed to numerous recordings of Hungaroton, Naxos, RCA Red Seal and Delta. In addition to outstanding Hungarian artists such as Ildikó Komlósi, Éva Marton, Andrea Rost, László Polgár, Zoltán Kocsis, Dezső Ránki and János Starker, he has also worked with outstanding international artists including Agnes Baltsa, Thomas Hampson, Ramon Vargas, Leonidas Kavakos and Sergei Nakariakov.
During his career he has received numerous prestigious awards: Vilmos Komor Memorial Plaquette (1980), Liszt Prize (1985), Gusztáv Oláh Memorial Plaquette (1991), Merited Artist award (1996), Kossuth Prize (2001), Inter Lyra Award (2003), Gundel Artistic Award (2004) and Bartók-Pásztory Prize (2007). János Kovács conductor.
The MR Choir has published more than 80 recordings and performed for audiences throughout Hungary and the World. It has also attended many international music festivals, including the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, the Salzburger Festspiele and Beethovenfest in Bonn. In 1999, The MR Choir was also chosen to represent Hungary at Europalia Hungaria in Maastricht, Brussels.
An important step in the musical education of generations of Hungarian musicians, children as young as six may apply to become choir members. The entrance examination consists of several elements and the whole personality of the child is considered, before being allowed to join. All members of the MR Children’s Choir attend the same elementary school, including a specially timetabled study programme, in order to complement the performance schedule of the Choir. The MR Children’s Choir has given a number of concerts in Hungary and abroad and has produced more than 2000 radio recordings.
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