Concert: The Hungarian Project
A special partnership with the Budapest chamber orchestra Anima Musicae and its Artistic Director and violinist László G. Horváth. Horváth leads string music by Bartók and brings his insight to other Hungarian works as guest concertmaster and artistic partner.
Béla Bartók – Rhapsody no. 1 with László G. Horváth
Béla Bartók – Divertimento
Johannes Brahms – Hungarian Dances 1,3 & 10
Zoltán Kodály – Dances of Galanta
Guest violin soloist and leader László G. Horváth joins wcfsymphony this week for a special residency focused on Hungarian music and Central European string sound. Just 30 years old, Horváth is already one of the most versatile performers of his generation in Hungary. He is the founder and leader of the rapidly rising chamber orchestra Anima Musicae, a keen recitalist and chamber musician, and a committed performer of the contemporary music.
Horváth was born in Budapest in 1987, where he began to play the violin at the age of five. His talent was discovered early when he won the National János Koncz Violin Competition in 1998. He continued his studies at the Bartók Conservatory in Budapest with professor Erika Petőfi and won 2nd prize at the Alice Bárdos National Violin Competition. He was a student of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in the class of professor István Kertész where he graduated in 2012 with the highest honors. Horváth’s interest in chamber music was already in evidence during his conservatory years, when He won several prizes including awards from the 4th National Chamber Music Competition, Szeged (2006) and National Leó Weiner Chamber Music Competition (2010).
In February 2010 Horváth founded the Anima Musicae Chamber Orchestra with former classmates from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music. From its inception the chamber orchestra undertook a significant performance schedule and met with critical and public success. The group now performs regularly in prestigious concert venues in Budapest including Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest Music Center, Marble Hall of Hungarian Radio, Italian Institute, as well as at several acclaimed festivals including Budapest Spring Festival, Kodály Festival, and Ars Sacra Festival. Anima Musicae has also traveled to perform concerts in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, and Serbia. As the leader of the ensemble Horváth has established collaborations with renowned artists such as Kristóf Baráti, Sir James Galway, Csaba Klenyán, Csaba Onczay, Imre Rohmann, Ferenc Rados, Gyula Stuller, István Várdai, Dénes Várjon, Tamás Vásáry or Andrea Vigh.
Horváth is a keen performer of contemporary music and has participated in dozens of world premieres in Hungary. He is also an avid concerto soloist and most recently played the violin concertos of Mendelssohn and Brahms with the MAV Symphony Orchestra. As an orchestral musician he has been performed with the Hungarian State Opera and the Concerto Budapest Orchestra, and has been guest leader of the Bruno Walter Festival Orchestra, the Rondino Ensemble and the Ventoscala Orchestra.
Horváth plays on a 1791 Nicolas Lupot violin made available to him by the government of Hungary.