Győr Philharmonic Orchestra

gyfz1_Classic music experts know well the name of Artur Nikisch, the world-famous conductor, founder of several great European and American orchestreas, as well as the other excellent conductor’s, János Richer. Little-known fact that both are strongly attached to the city of Győr, hometown of the Győr Philharmonic Orchestra.

Győr was the place where Artur Nikisch started his career, becoming one of the key figures of the music life those days. János Richter’s father, Antal Richter founded the Győr Society of Singers and Musicians, predecessor of  Győr Philharmonic Orchestra, in 1862. In 1894 the ensemble was taken over by the community of Győr but it was as late as in 1968 when the ensemble that had previously worked as an amateur group was reorganized as a professional concert orchestra. After the comprehensive renewal of the management and the profile of the orchestra in 2008, the Győr Philharmonic Orchestra started a new chapter in its history. As it turned out, a real success story got started then.

Today, the orchestra’s profile, fulfilling the original intention of its founders, is characterised by professionalism, innovative solutions and world standard performances providing quality for its audience and its partners, soloists and guests conductors as well,

The Győr Philharmonic Orchestra had a series of highly praised concerts throughout Europe; additionally, experts and music lovers in Asia, including China, Thaiwan and Korea, picked up on its performances. In 2009, under the guidance of the legendary Italian composer and conductor, the Academy Award winner Ennio Morricone, the orchestra went on a highly successful tour in Europe and in the Far-East. They were invited to perform as a resident orchestra at the gala concert – held in Hungary – of the Operalia International Opera Competition, founded by Plácido Domingo.

Over the course of the last decades, the orchestra worked under the baton of sevaral great Hungarian and foreign conductors such as János Sándor, Ádám Medveczky, Michalis Economou, Lamberto Gardelli, Arvid Jansons, Mariss Jansons, István Kertész, Kobayashi Ken-Ichiro, Zoltán Kocsis, János Kovács, Ludovit Rajter, Yuri Simonov, Gilbert Varga, Carlo Zecchi and Alastair Willis.

The ensemble has cooperated with world-renowed soloists including Alexandru Agache, Kristóf Baráti, Gábor Boldoczki, András Csáki, Jörg Demus, Annie Fischer, Walter Fraccaro, Endre Gertler, Ida Haendel, Jenő Jandó, Cyprien Katsaris, Zoltán Kocsis, Michael-Martin Kofler, Ildikó Komlósi, József Lendvay, Gyöngyi Lukács, Bobby McFerrin, Erika Miklósa, Evgeny Nesterenko, György Pauk, Miklós Perényi, Dezső Ránki, Andrea Rost, The King’s Singers and István Várdai.

In addition to classical and traditional pieces, the wide repertoire of the Győr Philharmonic Orchestra includes several sorts of quality entertaining music too.

As one of the top representatives of the cultural life in the Győr region, the Philharmonic Orchestra meets various expectations, working as a traditional concert orchestra, a  crossover sound-track ensemble chamber orchestra or, occasionally, as a wind orchestra, depending on the requirements. If it is needed, they perform at gala concerts and open air events as well.

Since 2008, the Győr Philharmonic Orchestra has been led by Géza Fűke, director; the art director is Kálmán Berkes, Liszt Award, Artist of Merit Award and Grammy Golden Medal winner clarinettist and conductor, former professor of the Tokyo Musashino Music Academy (between 1995 and 2017).