Danube Symphony Orchestra
The Danube Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1961, in Budapest. Since its formation, has many of concerts in honoured venues in Hungary and international places as well. The orchestra’s repertoire is very broad, from Baroque to 20th century music including contemporary compositions.
The orchestra is located in the heart of Budapest. The Danube Symphony Orchestra is the resident ensemble at the Danube Palace. The orchestra has four concert series in one season. Besides their concerts series they regularly perform in Budapest's other concert events as well at well-known concert venues like: Palace of Arts, Palace Stefania, Vigado, Budapest Congress & World Trade Center and Liszt Academy of Musicas. The international connections of the orchestra date back more then two decades. At the international music field they are known not just as a concert symphony orchestra, but as an accompanying orchestra to operetta, opera, ballet and oratorio performances.
They regularly perform in Switzerland, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Italy.
The orchestra has always attracted excellent players, many of whom have flourishing chamber music and teaching careers alongside their orchestral work. The orchestra’s principal conductor for fifteen years is András Deák. Nearly 30 years ago the orchestra started the „Danube concert” series, which is running with great success since then. These concerts are primarily intended to provide a selection of the best Hungarian music for visitors who are interested in Hungarian culture.
The orchestra regularly invites well-known international and Hungarian guest soloists to perform at their concerts; Giuseppe diStefano operasinger, James Galway irish flutist, Ray Charles jazz musician from the USA, Tamás Velencei, the trumpet soloist of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Tamás Varga and Róbert Nagy, who are cellist soloists of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.
The Orchestra was the practice orchestra of the Liszt Music Academy's conducting department, nowadays they play in the auditions of conductors, who apply for the University.
The orchestra is one of the founder member of the Association of Hungarian Symphony Orchestras. The orchestra won the Elgar society's prize and the Pro- Civibus award from the City of Budapest.
Their Artistic Director is Ferenc Szklenár.
Manager of Danube Symphony Orchestra