The Hungarian Cultural Week of the 18th China Shanghai International Arts Festival

Tour Dates: 4 November - 11 November, 2016

Music is a hallmark of the Hungarian culture known by the world...

Tour Dates
  • 4 November - 11 November, 2016


Music is a hallmark of the Hungarian culture known by the world. For thousands of years, Hungarian folk music has been deeply influenced by the music of other European countries such as Turkey, Germany and Austria.

The Hungarian Cultural Week will be held during the 18th China Shanghai International Arts Festival from November 4 to 11, 2016. Hungarian music and the cultural heritage of the country will be displayed through various events such as indoor and outdoor performances, arts education workshops and exhibitions. Highlights of the Hungarian Cultural Week include An Evening with Bartók produced by the Palace of Arts (Müpa Budapest) as well as a concert by Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra and Muzsikás Folk Music Ensemble.

Muzsikás Folk Music Ensemble

November 4, 2016 (Friday)
18:30, Shanghai International Studies University
Concert and workshop of Muzsikás Folk Music Ensemble
November 5, 2016 (Saturday)
19:00, Shanghai Urban Lawn Music Square & Hongqiao Art Center
Concert and workshop of Muzsikás Folk Music Ensemble

After 40 years of their unrivaled career, MUZSIKÁS is the most renowned and popular Hungarian folk music ensemble worldwide. They can cope with playing on different music scenes, collaborating with various noted musicians and groups, from folk and world-music to classical, klezmer and jazz, and even to alternative rock music.

Liszt - exhibition

November 6, 2016 (Sunday)
10:00-17:00, No.1 Art Museum Shanghai

Since year 2016 marks the 130th anniversary of Franz Liszt’s death, an exhibition will be held to memorize the great Hungarian composer, pianist and pedagogist, from which the brilliant art life of Liszt as well as the romantic period will be presented. The exhibition is considered to be an important part of the Hungarian Cultural Week.


An Evening with Bartók

November 6, 2016 (Sunday), Shanghai Cultural Square Theater
18:00, pre-performance talks
19:15, An Evening with Bartók
Bartók: Duke Bluebeard’s Castle-semi staged performance
Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin-ballet

Bartók is considered one of the most important composers of the 20th century. Duke Bluebeard’s Castle is the only opera composed by Bartók. The one-act opera is based on a French tale and there are only two singing characters onstage. The Miraculous Mandarin is a one-act pantomime ballet composed by Béla Bartók. The two works, rearranged and produced by Palace of Arts (Müpa Budapest) will be performed for the opening of the Hungarian Cultural Week.

Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra

November 7, 2016 (Sunday)
19:30, Shanghai Oriental Art Center
Muzsikás Folk Music Ensemble and the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra

Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1923. Since 1997, Zoltán Kocsis became its artistic director. During the Hungarian Cultural Week, the orchestra together with Muzsikás Folk Music Ensemble will give a concert with music works by Hungarian composers such as Bartók and Kodály. The concert is considered to be a showcase of Hungarian folk music.

Roby Lakatos and His Ensemble

November 10, 2016 (Thursday)
19:30, Shanghai Oriental Art Center
Concert by Roby Lakatos and His Ensemble

Any search for a world-class violin virtuoso will find Roby Lakatos in the top ranks. He has performed successfully on every famous stage including New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall, Tokyo’s Santory Hall, and the Sydney Opera House. Yehudi Menuhin sang Roby Lakatos’ highest praises, counting his Hungarian Gypsy gift of expressiveness among the traits that make him stand out among violinists.

Great Hungarian Soloists

November 11, 2016 (Friday)
14:00, Campus Theater, East China University of Science and Technology Concert by great Hungarian soloists
(The program includes works by Liszt, Kodály, Bartók and Popper )

Three world-renowned Hungarian soloists are invited to perform at the Hungarian Cultural Week and all of them have achieved great success in the classical music world today.

Violinist Kristóf Baráti has won many major prizes at international competitions, such as the third prize and audience prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition as well as the Paganini Violin Competition in Moscow. In 2014 he was awarded Hungary’s highest cultural award, the Kossuth Prize.

Cellist István Várdai is the winner of the David Popper International Music Competition in Budapest for three times (in 2000, 2003 and 2004). Later he studied in University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. In 2007 he was a laureate at the International Tchaikovsky Competition and in 2008 at the Geneva International Music Competition. István Várdai is now a sought-after soloist worldwide.

József Balog is Hungarian pianist with superb techniques, whose repertoire covers concertos, recital programs and chamber music. Along with standard piano repertoire, he also plays jazz and contemporary music. Balog has performed in prestigious venues in Europe, America and Asia, and has been frequently invited to renowned international festivals.

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