"An orchestra that is capable of performing Stravinsky’s Le sacre du printemps with such virtuosity and such a compelling force – with only one minor stumble, almost inevitable in any live production…A fantastic bassoon solo at the beginning: what a soft tone, what musicality! Disciplined strings, a reliable brass section, vigorous rhythms, carefully deliberated sound proportions. What else could we ask for?"
8 May 2011 Sándor Kovács
“András Keller conducted the orchestra in a way that proved his sensitivity to the colours of the music and revealed different layers of sounds. As a result, the orchestra produced a wide variety of tones and played really elaborately…
A superb performance of wonderful, rarely heard music – we had all good reasons to be grateful while listening to Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Overture played on Concerto Budapest’s instruments.”
Kristóf Csengery, 18 March 2011
“The Hungarian Symphonic Orchestra… with the leadership of András Keller play with astounding spirit and passion. Not often we experience orchestra musicians evidently smiling during playing and thus allowing to see the pleasure caused by playing music. We not only saw, but most importantly also heard this joy.„
Hildesheimer Allgemeine Zeitung, 9 March 2009
“We could experience in the Beethoven Hall the meaning of a sophisticated artistic fellowship, when an ever reforming musician like András Keller plays together with one of the best Hungarian orchestra.”
Stuttgarter Zeitung, 4 March 2009
“András Keller has been my best student and colleague for thirty years, and, besides performing outstanding musical pieces, he is the most authentic interpreter of my compositions…I have been following for two years how he has been becoming a conductor and also how the orchestra has developed under his leadership. It may even happen that András Keller will become the best in his generation, or even ‘the’ Hungarian conductor.”
György Kurtág, 2009
Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Concerto Budapest is one of the most prestigious orchestras of Hungary and the resident orchestra of the world-famous Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music.
The predecessorof Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra, the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1907.
The main patron of Concerto Budapest is one of the greatest composers of today, György Kurtág, whose famous student, the founder and leader of the Keller String Quartet, András Keller was appointed to the post of artistic director and chief conductor of the orchestra in 2007 in the year when the orchestra celebrated its 100th birthday. His appointment brought about a major change in the ensemble’s life as the foremost young chamber musicians have joined him.
András Keller, music director and first conductor of the Concerto Budapest engaged a series of popular guest conductors including Sir James Galway, Krzysztof Penderecki, Roberto Abbado, Zoltán Kocsis, Heinz Holliger, Leon Botstein and Gennady Rozhdestvensky.
In the past few years, numerous distinguished foreign artists have played with the ensemble, and some of them such as Vadim Repin, Gidon Kremer, Evgeni Koroliov are regular guest artists of the orchestra.
András Keller’s dedicated artistic leadership is a guarantee for such highly acclaimed musicians, as Isabelle Faust, Kim Kashkashian, Giles Apap, Evelyn Glennie, Anna Vinnitskaya, Juliane Banze, Elisso Virsaladze, Alexander Lonquich, Alexei Lubimov, Khatia Buniatishvili, Boris Berezovsky and Sir James Galway.
As the second oldest Hungarian Symphony Orchestra,Concerto Budapest, led by András Keller, has earned its well-deserved reputation as one of the most respected Hungarian touring orchestra. The ensemble has received several foreign invitations in recent years to different European countries, to Asia and to the USA.
They have earned their goodwill throughout Europe: performed at the Kremlin in Moscow, in the Novi Sad Synagogue in Serbia and had several concerts across Germany: in Berlin, Stuttgart, Bayreuth, Köln, Heidelberg among many others.
The orchestra participated in Tour Festival, also in La Folle Journée in Nantes and in 2012, the Orchestra made its debut in Asia, they performed the New Year Concerts at the Guangzhou Opera House in China.
Leading lights such as Maxim Fedotov have also enjoyed great success as a soloist on the podium of the Concerto Budapest in their Spanish tour, which they completed in November 2012.
In 2015, the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra will be touring in Austria, Germany, France, Italy and Egypt
András Keller, conductor
András Keller has enjoyed a varied career as soloist, concertmaster and chamber musician at the highest international level.
His early studies at the Ferenc Liszt Academy in Budapest led to many collaborations with György Kurtág, whose works he has been premiering and performing worldwide since 1978.He has also enjoyed working intensively with Ferenc Rados and, until his death, Sándor Végh. András Keller founded the Keller String Quartet in 1987, and has since given master classes and concerts throughout the world.
He is regular coach at Aix-en-Provence Festival, returning guest of Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and IMS Prussia Cove. As both chamber musician and soloist, he has appeared in every European country, playing in many prestigious venues and festivals, including Edinburgh, Lucerne, Aldeburgh, Schleswig Holstein and the BBC Proms.Outside Europe, András Keller has been invited to both Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center, New York, the Washington Library of Congress and many cities in Japan.
During his career he has worked with world- renowned artists including Mstislav Rostropovich, Natalia Gutman, Boris Pergamenschikow, Tabea Zimmerman, Truls Mørk, Zoltán Kocsis, Miklós Perényi, Gidon Kremer, Kim Kashkashian, Evgeni Koroliov, Boris Berezovsky, Alexander Lubimov, Juliane Banse, Anna Vinnitskaya, Vadim Repin, Isabelle Faust and Steven Kovacevic.
András Keller has won numerous awards including a MIDEM Classical Award, a Record Academy Award in Japan, the Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros in France, the Caecilia Preis in Belgium, and in 2006/7 the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, and he received a UK nomination for the Royal Philharmonic Society Award.He also received Edison Award and Premio Abbiati besides Merit Artist of Hungary, Liszt Prize and Bartók-Pásztory Prize.
He was the Artistic Director of the Arcus Temporum Festival in Pannonhalma between 2004-2010, and was appointed Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of Hungarian Symphony Orchestra (Concerto Budapest) in August 2007.
His appointment brought about a major change in the ensemble’s life, and a period of hard work resulting in steady technical and artistic development began and now as the second oldest Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, Concerto Budapest, has earned its well-deserved reputation as one of the most respected Hungarian touring orchestra.
He was the founder and the artistic director of International Sándor Végh String Quartet Competition.
From 2012, András Keller is head of Chamber Music Department in Liszt Acadelmy of Music