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Concerts at ESTERHÁZA are listed below, but not in date order - please explore the whole page for a feast of concerts



Eszterháza (Fertőd), Hungary

30th August – 7th September, 2003


All concerts will take place in the Esterházy Palace concert hall – once used by Haydn –unless otherwise stated




Saturday, 30th August, 7 pm

Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini (director)

J. Haydn symphonies and music by his Italian contemporaries


Sunday, 31st August, 11 am – FRINGE CONCERT

Benedek Csalog (flute), Erika Petőfi (violin, viola), Balázs Máté (cello), Miklós Spányi (harpsichord)

Chamber music by C.P.E. Bach and J. Haydn


Sunday, 31st August , 7 pm – Catholic church, Fertőszentmiklós

Orfeo Orchestra, Purcell Choir, vocal soloists, György Vashegyi (conductor)

J. Haydn: The Seasons


Monday, 1st September, 7 pm

Malcolm Bilson (fortepiano)

Keyboard works by J. Haydn


Tuesday, 2nd September, 7 pm

Festetics Quartet

String quartets by J. Haydn


Tuesday, 2nd September, 10 pm – Sala Terrena – FRINGE CONCERT

Miklós Spányi (clavichord)

Works by C.P.E. Bach and J. Haydn


Wednesday, 3rd September, 7 pm

Campanile Ensemble

Notturni and divertimenti by J. Haydn


Thursday, 4th September, 7 pm

Miklós Spányi (harpsichord)

J. Haydn sonatas


Friday, 5th September, 5.30 pm – COFFEE CONCERT

Malcolm Bilson, Miklós Spányi (fortepiano) and other artists

Contemporary arrangements of J. Haydn’s compositions


Friday, 5th September, 7 pm

Baryton Trio “Esterházy Ensemble”

Baryton trios by J. Haydn and L. Tomasini


Saturday, 6th September, 11 am – FRINGE CONCERT

Jánosi Ensemble

J. Haydn and the Hungarian musical tradition


Saturday, 6th September, 7 pm

Orfeo Orchestra, György Vashegyi (conductor)

Symphonies by J. Haydn, W.A. Mozart and J. M. Kraus


Sunday, 7th September, 11 am

Rosemary Hardy (soprano), László Paulik (violin), Balázs Máté (cello), Malcolm Bilson (fortepiano)

J. Haydn’s Scottish songs


Fortepiano course by Malcolm Bilson, clavichord course by Miklós Spányi




– an international festival created by the Hungarian Haydn Society –



The idea of establishing a festival dedicated to Joseph Haydn’s 25 year employment at the famous Esterházy Palace at Eszterháza (now belonging to the city of Fertőd) in Western Hungary (in the vicinity of Sopron and the Austrian border) came from the members of the Hungarian Haydn Society, including musicians, heritage experts and concert organizers.

         The first “Haydn at Eszterháza” festival took place in early September, 1988. Its aim was, and still is, to conjure up the musical world of Haydn’s time among the original walls, using period instruments and contemporary performance practice. One of the festival priorities is to show the compositions of the Eszterháza period - symphonies, string quartets and keyboard sonatas, and to offer a picture of Haydn, the revolutionary experimenter. Another priority is to popularize the “unknown” Haydn, a composer of works for baryton, rarely performed sacred music, divertimentos for wind ensemble, etc. The festival provides an opportunity for leading Haydn performers of the world to meet, be inspired by the venue and inspire each other by playing together. The programmes also include a limited number of works by other composers - compositions which are in some way directly connected with Eszterháza, Haydn or the Esterházy family.

         The main venue of the concerts is the richly ornamented stately room of the palace which has excellent acoustics. Another concert venue in the palace is the so-called Sala Terrena, the central part of the original, smaller, hunting lodge; some sacred music concerts will take place in nearby churches.

         The responsibility of planning the festival lies with the board of the Hungarian Haydn Society, composed of the performers and musicologists, Prof. Lászó Somfai, Prof. Malcolm Bilson and Prof. Katalin Komlós.

         Previous well known performers at the festival include: Jaap Schröder (Netherlands), Sergiu Luca (USA) and Simon Standage (UK) violin, Benedek Csalog and Ildikó Kertész (Germany) flute, Miklós Spányi (Finland), Malcolm Bilson (USA), Tom Beghin (Belgium–USA) keyboard instruments, the Academy of Ancient Music directed by Andrew Manze (UK), the Orfeo Orchestra and the Purcell Choir conducted by György Vashegyi, the Salomon Quartet, the violoncello players Balázs Máté and Tamás Varga (Austria), and the singers Mária Zádori, Anna Korondi (Germany) and Judit Németh.




Concerts take place, at 7 pm in the Esterházy Palace every Friday and Saturday evening from early June to late September, except during the festival periods.



Friday, 6th June              Gergely Bogányi (piano)

Saturday, 7th June          Gergely Bogányi (piano)

Friday, 13th June            Kodály Quartet

Saturday, 14th June        Kodály Quartet

Friday, 20th June            Dénes Várjon and Izabella Simon (piano)

Saturday, 21st June         Capella Savaria, dir. by Zsolt Kalló

Sunday, 22nd June                   Bart Kuijken (flute) Hungarian artistst

                                      (concert belonging to the Sopron Early Music Days)

Friday, 27th June            Mária Zádori (voice), Katalin Komlós (fortepiano)

Saturday, 28th June        Zsolt Csalog (piano)

Friday, 4th July               Orfeo Orchestra, dir. by György Vashegyi

Saturday, 5th July           Orfeo Orchestra, dir. by György Vashegyi


11th–20th July:                      The Budapest Strings Festival


Friday, 25 July              Orfeo Orchestra, dir. by György Vashegyi

Saturday, 26th July         Orfeo Orchestra, dir. by György Vashegyi

Friday, 1st August          Trio Antiqua

Saturday, 2nd August     Festetics Quartet

Friday, 8th August          Tomasini Quartet

Saturday, 9th August      Capella Savaria, dir. by Zsolt Kalló

Friday, 15th August        Purcell Choir, Capella Savaria, cond. by György Vashegyi

Saturday, 16th August    Capella Savaria, dir. by Zsolt Kalló

Friday, 22nd August       Zsolt Balog (fortepiano)

Saturday, 23rd August    Jenő Jandó (piano)

Friday, 29th August        orchestral concert


30th August–7th September:          “Haydn at Eszterháza” Festival


12th–16th September:           András Schiff and His Friends


19th–21st September:            Showcase of Early Music Performers from Central and Eastern Europe, organized by CEFEMA


Friday, 26th September           Esterházy Ensemble (baryton trio from Austria)

Saturday, 27th September        Festetics Quartet




Five chamber recitals in the Esterházy Palace at Eszterháza

12th–16th September, 2003



Friday, 12th September, 7 pm


András Schiff (piano), Yuuko Shiokawa (violin), Miklós Perényi (cello)


J. Haydn: Trio in F# minor, Hob. XV:26

L. van Beethoven: Trio in Bb, op. 97



Saturday, 13 September, 7 pm


András Schiff (piano)


Late sonatas by J. Haydn, L.van Beethoven and F. Schubert



Sunday, 14th September, 7 pm


Quatuor Mosaiques


J. Haydn: String quartet in C, op. 64 no. 1, Hob. III:65

F. Schubert: String quartet in A minor (“Rosamunde”), D 804

L. vanBeethoven: String quartet in A minor, op. 132



Monday, 15th September, 7 pm


András Schiff (piano), Yuuko Shiokawa (violin), Miklós Perényi (cello)


Trio by J. Haydn

F. Schubert: Trio in Eb, D 929


Tuesday, 16th September, 7 pm


Quatuor Mosaiques, Miklós Perényi


J. Haydn: String quartet in F, op. 77 no. 2, Hob. III:82

F. Schubert: String quintet in C, D 956



Esterházy Palace, Eszterháza (Fertőd),11th–20th July, 2003


The Budapest Strings began its career as a septet formed by senior students at the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy in Budapest. From this it developed into a 16 piece string ensemble, playing the established orchestra repertoire with a particular emphasis on the works of their countrymen, notably LeóWeiner and Béla Bartók. In 1982 the Budapest Strings won the International Chamber Orchestra Competition in Belgrade, and for the following three years, the group was greatly assisted in its career development by sponsorship from the New York Soros Foundation. To this day, the members of the ensemble continue to play chamber music with one another and are much involved in teaching young players. Soloists who have appeared with the ensemble include Peter Frankl, Stefan Vladar, Irene Grafenauer, and Mate Bereva.

The Budapest Strings has joined that group of long-established Hungarian ensembles which has attained the highest standards of professional excellence in the international world of music.

The Budapest Strings has toured extensively. In 2000, it toured Spain (playing 5 concerts, each featuring all 6 Brandenburg concerti), Germany (twice), and Austria. In 2001 the ensemble returned to Austria and also performed in Italy, Belgium (twice at the Flanders Festival), and Croatia. In 2002, in addition to its U.S. tour (the fourth in 6 years), the Budapest Strings appeared in Switzerland and Austria, and already has plans for several tours in European countries in 2003.

The Budapest Strings has recorded for Hungaroton, Delta Music, Laserlight, Nuova Era, and Naxos. It has signed an exclusive recording contract with the German company Capriccio, and has recorded three CD’s including some devoted entirely to works by English and American composers.


Friday, 11th July, 7 pm

Budapest Strings, Lajos Lencsés (oboe), cond. by Béla Drahos


Saturday, 12th July, 7 pm

Chamber music performed by members of the Budapest Strings


Sunday, 13th July, 7 pm

Budapest Strings, Marielle Nordmann (harp), Patrice Fontanarosa (violin)


Wednesday, 16th July, 7 pm

Sándor Falvai, piano


Thursday, 17th July, 7 pm

Recital of string quartets


Friday, 18th July, 7 pm

Patrice Fontanarosa (violin), Marielle Nordmann (harp)


Saturday, 19th July and Sunday, 20th July, 7 pm

Budapest Strings, vocal soloists, dir. by György Vashegyi

Concert performance of a J. Haydn opera

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