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Entry to the ‘Big Stage’

Oct 3, 2022

Six hours of free mega-concerts with local stars, emerging talents and music together – that's what those interested can expect at downtown Szabadság Square in Budapest on October 8. The Yettel Stage platform has brought together established musicians with bands at the beginning of their careers to give a boost to newcomers, with the support […]

Budapest Festival Orchestra Talent Scout Program

May 25, 2022

The Budapest Festival Orchestra, rated among the world's top ten classical music ensembles, is launching a program to find and develop young musical talent. The complex program, which is already keeping tabs on the development of 11 young talents, is supported by the AutoWallis Group, which itself relies on the value-added work of talented young […]

From Indonesia All the Way to Hungary

In Diplomacy & Trade’s Witty Leaks series, diplomats give their personal account of the experiences of their 'excursions' to Hungarian culture, art, gastronomy and landscape. This time, it is about how musical collaboration becomes a tool of cultural promotion. It’s still a very fresh memory how I came to visit Hungary for the first time, […]

Canadian Wins Ferenc Liszt International Piano Contest

Sep 19, 2021

Kevin Chen of Canada won the Grand Prize of the Liszt Ferenc International Piano Competition, followed by Giovanni Bertolazzi of Italy and Gergely Kovács of Hungary. The official competition program of the long-established Ferenc Liszt International Piano Competition at the Liszt Academy of Music came to an end with the final on Saturday. Of the […]

Hungarian Innovation to Support Tuba Soloists

Oct 26, 2020

Since the tuba was invented, no such improvement has ever emerged as the innovation introduced by Roland Szentpáli and Zoltán Juhász that shall revolutionize the instrument. The newly developed mechanism now allows musicians to play the tuba stand-up and move freely on stage. The conversion from the traditional to the standing positioning takes only two […]

Street Music Contest in Eger

Oct 4, 2020

Since 2015, every year young entrepreneurs of Eger, NE Hungary, organize a contest for musicians with a grand prize of EUR 3,000. During the five days of the festival, more than 150 musicians play in 15 locations of the historical downtown to win the prize.  This year's event was postponed from the original summer date […]

Japanese Ambassador Kuni Sato and Hungraian conductor Dénes Szabó | Attila Balázs/MTI

Hungarian conductor receives Japanese recognition

Jan 9, 2018

The Japanese Ambassador to Hungary, Kuni Sato handed over Japan's state award, the Order of Gold and Silver Rays of the Rising Sun to Kossuth Prize winner Hungarian conductor Dénes Szabó in the Kodály Zoltán Primary School in Nyíregyháza.

One of the finalists

Bartók World Competition and Festival

Sep 13, 2017

Seven violinists, including two Hungarians, have passed to the September 14 final of the Bartók World Competition and Festival in Budapest held on the occasion of the 135th birth anniversary of the world famous Hungarian composer, Béla Bartók.

The Hungarian Elvis Tribute Band | Noémi Bruzák /MTI

Elvis Presley remembered in Budapest

Aug 16, 2017

Hungarian fans of Elvis Presley held a candle-lit commemoration event in Budapest's Elvis Presley Park on the 40th anniversary of the death of the legendary American singer. One of the performers was the Hungarian Elvis Tribute Band.

Hungarian jazz musician and band leader |

Famed Hungarian jazz musician passes away

Dec 16, 2015

Hungarian jazz musician Sándor Benkó, the founder and leader of the Benkó Dixieland Band passed away at the age of 75 in Budapest. An electric engineer by profession, 'Mr. Dixie Teacher', also taught at the Budapest Technical University for decades.

Hungary's entry for the 2014 Eurovision song contest: András Kállay-Saunders | Tamás Kovács / MTI

Hungary selects entry for Eurovision song contest

Feb 25, 2014

András Kállay-Saunders has been selected by Hungarian TV viewers to represent Hungary at the 2014 Eurovision song contest in the Danish capital, Copenhagen this May. His song ’Running’ received the most televotes in the national contest called ’A Dal’ (’The Song’).

Rhoda Scott concert in Budapest in December 2013 | Balázs Mohai / MTI

Rhoda Scott concert in Budapest

Dec 23, 2013

The world's best-known female organ player Rhoda Scott gave a concert this past Sunday in the Budapest Marriott Hotel, performing with fellow American Sylvia Howard, Hungary's Roby Lakatos and the Modern Art Orchestra.

László Benkõ (on the left) and János Kóbor of the Hungarian rock group Omega | Dávid Harangozó

Honored for the sense of freedom

Dec 21, 2013

Earlier this year, members of Omega, the legendary Hungarian rock group were recognized in Russia for the role they played decades ago. In a recent issue of Diplomacy & Trade, János Kóbor and László Benkõ talked about the surprise.

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