Festival Academy Budapest – Respire

Festivities celebrating life and music in August with the title „Respire” organised by Festival Academy Budapest

The concert series of Festival Academy Budapest (FAB) is taking place between 20 and 30 August this year with the kind participation of sixty outstanding Hungarian performing artists at the Liszt Academy and at other venues. The artists taking to the stage at the festival titled „Respire” are also going to give masterclasses nationwide, and as a new FAB initiative, the Central-Eastern European Jenő Hubay Violin Competition is going to take place in Miskolc between 3 and 6 December.

The concert series of Festival Academy Budapest, the chamber music festival founded by Katalin Kokas and Barnabás Kelemen, is held between 20 and 30 August this year.

 The festival with the title „Respire” and with the participation of the artistic elite in Hungary is going to start just five days after the lifting of the pandemic-related restrictions on 15 August at the Liszt Academy. Sixty performing artists – sixty musicians and ten actors – have accepted the invitation of the festival’s founders, among others: Miklós Perényi, Dezső Ránki, Ferenc Rados, Gábor Boldoczki, Kristóf Baráti and the Amadinda Percussion Group.

The complete programme will be published on 24 June, and tickets can be purchased from 1 July. All tickets invariably cost 1000 HUF. For the first four days of the festival, two one-hour concerts will be held each day in the Grand Hall of the Liszt Academy at 6 pm and 8 pm, which will be aired live online. Smaller venues in Budapest are going to host the remaining festival events. We don’t yet know what restrictions will apply to concerts held in closed areas, but the festival will take place, even if the number of audience is limited or the distance between them is pre-defined.

Masterclasses have been a traditionally inherent part of the festival, just like the Ilona Fehér International Violin Competition for young violinists under 20 years of age. Instead of this violin competition, which had to be cancelled this year, a new initiative has been launched: the Central-Eastern European Jenő Hubay Violin Competition, which is to be held in Miskolc between 3 and 6 December. We are expecting the application of violinists younger than 20 years from Hungary, the neighbouring countries and the Visegrad Four. The ten-member jury will consist of violin professors from each of the above states (from Hungary: Eszter Perényi). Boris Kuschnir, professor of the Music Academy of Graz will act as president of the jury. The finalists of the four categories will be automatically invited to the 4th Ilona Fehér International Violin Competition in 2021. A unique feature of the contest is that not only competitors but also teachers will be awarded special prizes.

Although public masterclasses are not held at the festival due to the precautions of the pandemic, FAB has asked some of the prestigious musicians that each one of them should give two masterclasses in music schools, conservatories, music universities and colleges in Hungary and beyond the country borders. In total, over a hundred more masterclasses will enrich Hungarian music life next term.