The Baltic Sea Philharmonic will make its Hungarian debut next month with a ‘Midnight Sun’ concert in Budapest, conducted by Kristjan Järvi. The programme will inventively intertwine movements from Grieg’s Piano Concerto with his Suite No. 1 from Peer Gynt, before climaxing with Stravinsky’s 1945 orchestral version of The Firebird. As is the trademark of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic, the entire programme will be played by heart, with the musicians free to stand, move and interact dynamically with each other and with the conductor.
Joining the orchestra for the Grieg concerto will be József Balog, one of the most talented pianists of his generation. Born in Budapest in 1979, he grew up surrounded by the amazing heritage of the renowned Hungarian piano tradition established by Liszt, Dohnányi and Bartók. Since graduating from the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, where he studied with Jenő Jandó, he has performed as soloist and chamber musician in more than 25 countries around the world, and has collaborated with orchestras including the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, the Ukrainian National Philharmonic and the Jerusalem Chamber Orchestra. He will make his debut with the Baltic Sea Philharmonic and Kristjan Järvi in the 19 November concert.
Tuesday, 19 November, 7.30pm, Budapest (Müpa Budapest), Hungary
Baltic Sea Philharmonic & Kristjan Järvi
Special guest József Balog
Peer Gynt Suite No. 1
The Firebird (1945)