Antoni Wit in Budapest


Budapest Festival Orchestra

Saturday 20 November 2010, 3:30 pm

MÜPA, National Concert Hall Béla Bartók

1095 Budapest, Komor Marcell u. 1.

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Moniuszko: Bajka (Fairy tale) – fantasy overture
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, op. 11
Szymanowski: Symphony No. 2 in B major, op. 19

Conductor: Antoni Wit

Antoni Wit graduated from the Krakow Music Academy as a conductor in 1967 and in 1969, also graduated in composition. His international career was launched by victory in the Berlin Karajan competition in 1971. He was the music director of the Krakow and then the Katowice Polish Radio Orchestra and is a frequent guest at major music festivals and of top orchestras.
Yundi Li began piano lessons at the age of four: first the harmonica, then at the age of seven, the piano. At 12, he won a prize in a regional competition. At 13, he won the American Stravinsky Piano Competition, and then the Gina Bachauer International Competition. His real breakthrough came in October 2000 when he was awarded first prize in the Warsaw Chopin Competition.
Polish classical music was primarily shaped by the romantic tradition. Stanisław Moniuszko (1819-1852) went down this path, and played a similar role in Polish music as Ferenc Erkel did in Hungarian. The première of Bajka took place on May 1st 1848 in Vilnius.
Chopin composed his Piano Concerto in E minor in 1830, at the age of twenty. He had the following to say when he wrote it: “You understand the artist’s fear, who – if he is capable of judging the value of his work – recognises the traces of his own ideas and its weaknesses. But he cannot understand from where did this youthful inventiveness come? This daring? This momentum?”
Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937) was a central figure in the renewal of Polish composition in the early 20th century, similar to Janáček in Bohemia and Bartók in Hungary. He composed his Symphony No. 2 in 1909 and it is perhaps the most important work of his early period. It was premièred in Warsaw in 1911.

Yundi Li replaced by Andrei Korobeinikov

The soloist of the all-Polish programme to be performed on November 18th, 19th and 20th in the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall will be instead of Yundi Li Andrei Korobeinikov. The programme remains unchanged (Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1.).

Andrei Korobeinikov was born in Moscow in 1986. He has performed in more than 20 countries all over the world and has been rewarded more than 20 prizes in national and international competitions among them the Scriabin International Piano Competition and the Rachmaninov Piano Competition. At the age of 19, he graduated with honors from the Moscow Conservatory, then he pursued his studies at the Royal College of Music in London. A versatile person, he obtained at the age of 17 (!) a diploma at the European Law University in Moscow. He is also very keen in composition, his works were performed in several recitals. In 2008 he recorded for Harmonia Mundi a CD devoted to Scriabin. The recording brought him an extraordinary success, including the Diapason d’Or. 2010 brings him to Paris with the Orchestre National de France, to the Louvre for recital series, but also to Amsterdam with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and in Tokyo at the Suntory Hall, among others.



The orchestra was formed in 1983 by Iván Fischer and Zoltán Kocsis, with musicians "drawn from the cream of Hungary's younger players," as TheTimes of London put it. Their aim, through intensive rehearsals and demanding the highest standards from musicians, was to make the orchestra's initially three or four concerts per year significant events in Hungary's musical life, and to give Budapest a new symphony orchestra of international standing.

Between 1992 and 2000, extending their work to a full season the ensemble operated under the aegis of the Budapest Municipality and the new BFO Foundation, formed by fifteen Hungarian and multinational corporations and banks. From the 2000/2001 season onwards the orchestra is operated by the BFO Foundation, which the Budapest City Council regularly supports under a contract renewable every five years. In 2003 the Ministry of Education and Culture declared the orchestra a national institution supported by the state.

 Prices: 3950, 5100, 7300, 12000 Ft



ticket prizes: 3950, 5100, 7300, 12000 Ft


Dates and locations

  • 20 November 2010, 3:30 pm
  • 19 November 2010, 7:45 pm
  • 18 November 2010, 7:45 pm - MÜPA, National Concert Hall Béla Bartók - 1095 Budapest, Komor Marcell u. 1.