Hungarian National Philharmonic

About us

István Mali
chief choir manager

I. hegedű

Ferenc Bangó
first violin - concertmaster
Attila Falvay
first violin - concertmaster
Jenő Koppándi
first violin - concertmaster
Bodor János
first violin - deputy concertmaster
Gábor Bodor
first violin
László Fülöp
first violin
Erzsébet Gombos-Hutás
first violin
János Horváth
first violin
Kökény Eszter
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

II. hegedű

Gizella Herendiné Szekeres
second violin, section leader
Éva Dúlfalvy
second violin, section leader
Gábor Bali
second violin
Mária Marcella Detvay
second violin
Lilla Dévényiné Szentmihályi
second violin
Gyula Gabora
second violin
Zoltán Horváth
second violin
Király-Lugosi Veronika
second violin
Réka Koltai
second violin
Csilla Kovács
second violin
Roman Oszecsinszkij
second violin
Ferenc Sánta
second violin
Alíz Szabó
second violin
Krisztina Szabó
second violin
Bernadett Szegleti Szűcsné
second violin

brácsa

György Porzsolt
viola, section leader
András Rudolf
viola, section leader
Enikő Balogh
viola
Zsuzsanna Bársony
viola
Zoltán Gál
viola
Sándor Kertész
viola
Zoltán Kökényessy
viola
Krähling Dániel
viola
Dénes Ludmány
viola
Gyula Mohácsi
viola
László Rácz
viola
Ágnes Reményi
viola
Török Mátyás
viola

gordonka

Balázs Kántor
cello, section leader
Tamás Koó
cello, section leader
Zsuzsanna Bajner
cello
György Deák
cello
Beatrix Fazekas
cello
Sándor Harangozó
cello
Mátyás Hotzi
cello
Szilvia Lantos
cello
Tünde Lukács
cello
Marianna Pleszkán
cello
Ujházi Gyöngyi
cello

nagybőgő

Péter Kubina
double bass, section leader
Iván Sztankov
double bass, section leader
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, section leader
Anita Szabó
flute, section leader
Zsófia Embey-Isztin
flute
Kornélia Gáspár
flute
Irén Móré
flute

oboa

Béla Horváth
oboe, section leader
Eszter Pap
oboe, section leader
Edit Budai
oboe
Ágnes Kubina
oboe

klarinét

Zsolt Szatmári
clarinet, section leader
József Tönköly
clarinet, section leader
József Németh
clarinet
György Salamon
clarinet

fagott

Pál Bokor
bassoon, section leader
Andrea Horváth
bassoon, section leader
Edina Szalai
bassoon

kürt

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

trombita

Zoltán Molnár
trumpet, section leader
László Tóth
trumpet, section leader
Zsolt Skultéty
trumpet
Zsolt Spitzer
trumpet

harsona

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

tuba

Roland Szentpáli
tuba, section leader

ütőhangszerek

Szabolcs Joó
percussion instruments, section leader
Gergely Bíró
percussion instruments, section leader
Nándor Weisz
percussion instruments

hárfa

Deborah Sipkay
harp, section leader

Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra

The Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the country’s leading symphonic orchestras, will celebrate its centenary in the spring of 2023.

Following the eras marked by the leadership of János Ferencsik and Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi, a new chapter in the history of the orchestra began in 1997, when Zoltán Kocsis was named chief music director. Over the course of the next two decades, the orchestra performed not only the classics, but also important works previously missing from the repertoire and, with the versatility worthy of a renewed national symphonic ensemble, introducing its audience to the Hungarian music of the recent past and today. During the period after Kocsis’s death, from March 2017 to August 2020, the post of music director was held by the Liszt Award-winning Zsolt Hamar, who had contributed to the orchestra for many years as first permanent conductor while also pursuing a serious international career.

Since the fall of 2022 and the start of the ensemble’s jubilee season, the musicians have been guided by their new General Music Director, György Vashegyi.

Vashegyi has taught at the Liszt Academy since 1992, currently serving as an associate professor and director of the Early Music Departmental Group founded under his leadership in 2010. In recognition of his work, he received the Liszt Award in 2008 and the Knight’s Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit, Civil Division in 2015. In 2021, the French state awarded him the honorary title of Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Over the past decades, the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra has given nearly 330 foreign concerts while touring in some 40 countries. During Kocsis’s tenure, they performed at such renowned venues and festivals as New York’s Avery Fisher Hall, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, the Megaron in Athens, Bucharest’s Enescu Festival, the Colmar and Canary Islands festivals and Bogotá’s Beethoven Festival; In 2011, on the occasion of the Liszt bicentenary year, they played at the Bozar Centre in Brussels and at the Vatican, at a concert held in honour of Pope Benedict XVI. The ensemble pays regular visits to France, Japan, Germany, Romania, Spain, Slovakia and Slovenia, among other countries. In recent years, they have performed in Bogotá, Istanbul, South Korea, China and Switzerland.

In January 2023, they will tour Japan again under the leadership of Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi.

 

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