Hungarian National Philharmonic

About us

Zsolt Hamar
music director
István Mali
chief choir manager

I. hegedű

Attila Falvay
first violin - concertmaster
Jenő Koppándi
first violin - concertmaster
Bodor János
first violin - acting concertmaster
Ferenc Bangó
first violin - acting deputy concertmaster
Ferenc Balogh
first violin
Gábor Bodor
first violin
László Fülöp
first violin
János Horváth
first violin
Erzsébet Hutás
first violin
Éva Kissné Tóth
first violin
Károly Meleg
first violin
Rita Miczki
first violin
Zsuzsanna Molnár
first violin
Katalin Németh
first violin
Dániel Papp
first violin
Katalin Prőhle
first violin
Péter Sárosi
first violin
Mihály Stefkó
first violin

II. hegedű

Gizella Herendiné Szekeres
second violin, szólamvezető
Éva Dúlfalvy
second violin, szólamvezető
Gábor Bali
second violin
Mária Marcella Detvay
second violin
Lilla Dévényiné Szentmihályi
second violin
Gyula Gabora
second violin
Zoltán Horváth
second violin
Alíz Jámbor-Szabó
second violin
Réka Koltai
second violin
Roman Oszecsinszkij
second violin
Ferenc Sánta
second violin
Krisztina Szabó
second violin
Bernadett Szegleti Szűcsné
second violin

brácsa

György Porzsolt
viola, szólamvezető
András Rudolf
viola, szólamvezető
Enikő Balogh
viola
Zsuzsanna Bársony
viola
Zoltán Gál
viola
Sándor Kertész
viola
Zoltán Kökényessy
viola
Dénes Ludmány
viola
Gyula Mohácsi
viola
László Rácz
viola
Ágnes Reményi
viola

gordonka

Balázs Kántor
cello, szólamvezető
Tamás Koó
cello, szólamvezető
Zsuzsa Bajner
cello
György Deák
cello
Beatrix Fazekas
cello
Sándor Harangozó
cello
Mátyás Hotzi
cello
Szilvia Lantos
cello
Tünde Lukács
cello
Mariann Pleszkán
cello
Ujházi Gyöngyi
cello

nagybőgő

Péter Kubina
double bass, szólamvezető
Iván Sztankov
double bass, szólamvezető
Gábor Dévényi
double bass
Balázs Kóta
double bass
Ferenc Kovács A.
double bass
Zoltán Kozák
double bass
János Mészáros
double bass
Tibor Zsákai
double bass

fuvola

Imre Kovács
flute, szólamvezető
Anita Szabó
flute, szólamvezető
Zsófia Embey-Isztin
flute
Kornélia Gáspár
flute
Irén Móré
flute

oboa

Béla Horváth
oboe, szólamvezető
Eszter Pap
oboe, szólamvezető
Edit Budai
oboe
Ágnes Kubina
oboe

klarinét

Zsolt Szatmári
clarinet, szólamvezető
József Tönköly
clarinet, szólamvezető
József Németh
clarinet
György Salamon
clarinet

fagott

Pál Bokor
bassoon, szólamvezető
Edina Szalai
bassoon, szólamvezető
Sarah Tako
bassoon
Zsolt Szabó
bassoon
Andrea Horváth
bassoon

kürt

Balázs Borbély
French horn, szólamvezető
László Gál
French horn, szólamvezető
Ferenc Farkas
French horn
Dávid Kutas
French horn
Tibor Maruzsa
French horn
László Rákos
French horn

trombita

Zoltán Molnár
trumpet, szólamvezető
László Tóth
trumpet, szólamvezető
Zsolt Skultéty
trumpet
Zsolt Spitzer
trumpet

harsona

Ferenc Kócziás
trombone, szólamvezető
Róbert Stürzenbaum
trombone, szólamvezető
Ákos Galla
trombone
Jenő Kácsik
trombone
Balázs Kerényi
trombone

tuba

Roland Szentpáli
tuba, szólamvezető

ütőhangszerek

Szabolcs Joó
percussion instruments, szólamvezető
Gergely Bíró
percussion instruments, szólamvezető
Nándor Weisz
percussion instruments

hárfa

Deborah Sipkay
harp, szólamvezető

The Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra has been one of Hungary’s leading symphony orchestras for over ninety years.

The era marked by the name of János Ferencsik and Kobayashi Ken-Ichiro was followed by a new chapter in the history of the orchestra when in 1997 Zoltán Kocsis became general music director. In almost two decades the orchestra underwent renewal and – with versatility befitting a national symphony orchestra – it performs not only classical pieces, but also numerous other important works previously missing from the repertoire, including Hungarian music of the recent past and our days, and popular chamber music concerts and events for young people. The Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra has performed the works of Richard Strauss, Debussy, Schoenberg, Ravel and Rachmaninov in some ambitious, void-filling projects, and importantly it also promotes the cause of 20th and 21st-century contemporary Hungarian music.

Despite its size, the orchestra actually functions more like a chamber orchestra in terms of the sensitivity with which its members listen to, and work in tandem with, one another. The musicians are allowed to shine, yet still share responsibility for the collective. They also share the aim of achieving and delivering the highest level of quality at every performance, an ambition that goes far beyond simply playing all the notes perfectly.

Following the death of Zoltán Kocsis in November 2016 the Hungarian Government appointed Zsolt Hamar music director of the orchestra. At the time of his appointment, Hamar remarked, “It is with great joy that I assume the post of music director of one of the world’s finest orchestras. I am aware that this wonderful task is accompanied by great responsibility with regard to maintaining and enhancing the high level of performance developed by my predecessors and the orchestra together.

The oeuvre of Bartók features prominently in the repertoire of the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, with many authoritative interpretations recorded in the Bartók New CD Series. Its subscription concerts feature world-famous guest soloists and conductors, as well as highly gifted young Hungarian musicians. The orchestra has appeared in the greatest venues and festivals around the world, including Avery Fisher Hall in New York, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, the Megaron in Athens, the Bozar Centre in Brussels, Francfort’s Alte Oper, the Enescu Festival in Romania, as well as the Colmar and Canary Islands Festivals. In the past 15 years the orchestra has given over 350 concerts in some 40 countries, and is a returning guest in France, Japan, Germany, Romania, Spain, Slovakia and Slovenia.