Budapest concert-goers love those evenings when Endre Hegedűs presents two, sometimes three pianoconcertos at once. October 15th, 2000 was the first time, on which occasion Brahms' two wonderful concertos were performed in collaboration with Tamás Vásáry and the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. The dialogue of a symphony orchestra and a piano soloist is an ever-exciting and almost always sold-out musical event. The most recent concert of this kind was held just two days before the lockdown came in effect thanks to the COVID-19 crisis, on March 9th 2020, in the Grand Hall of Franz Liszt Academy of Music, featuring Mozart's D minor and Beethoven's G major concertos, with the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dániel Szabó. More than 35 orchestral concerts have been organized at Liszt Academy as well as at Béla Bartók National Concert Hall. Four of the concert recordings have been published as CD+DVD albums by Studio Liszt Productions. The next plan is to present Chopin's E minor and Tshaikovsky's B minor concertos at Franz Liszt Academy, in collaboration with the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra. Solo and chamber music eves are also held three times a year at Liszt Academy and twice at Pesti Vigadó.
MOONLIGHT CONCERTS The open-air concert series Moonlight Concerts started on the initiative of the Liszt-Prize-winner pianist Endre Hegedűs and his wife in 1999. Their ambition was to offer domestic and foreign music lovers refreshing, genuinely enjoyable musical experiences after the hot hours of the day in the heart of Budapest. The court of the County Hall of Pest with its picturesque environment, historic atmosphere and excellent acoustics has a unique mood. In case of bad weather the concerts take place in the magnificent hall on the first floor. Music lovers intent on listening to the masterpieces of the great classical composers in an atmosphere of intimacy and in a high-standard performance have been regular visitors to this popular summer concert series.
“Lift Up Your Hearts” Summer Night Concerts in Budafok-Tétény The first series of concerts sponsored by the local authority of Budapest’s 22nd district was organized in 2000. Our intention with organizing the event was to provide valuable, at the same time enjoyable music warming heart and soul and to use a variety of instrumental forces to the pleasure of the inhabitants of our favourite residential district, Budafok and the people living in the vicinity. Admission to these events is free in the majority of cases. The concerts always start around the 20th August when after the long summer holidays life gets back into the old rut and when concerts with their genuine spiritual munitions help people overcome the drudgery of every-day life. Music is a remedy helping all the time. We do believe in the force of music, in the message reaching us through it that not only refreshes but also renews our heart and soul. The organizers of the series, who are frequently its contributors as well, welcome all potential listeners. Endre and Katalin Hegedűs
It is an exciting experience for performers and audience alike when four pianists sit at two pianos. The Hegedűs couple and the young AlisAdam PianoDuo seem to be a promising combination together. They present transcriptions of the best of musical history which are capable of even imitating the presence of an orchestra. Such transcriptions for eight hands were very popular in the 19th century. We hope to make this type of chamber music a trend again. The members of the Budapest Piano Quartet are Endre Hegedűs, Katalin Hegedűs, Ádám Baráz, and Alisa Yajima.