Budapest Strings Chamber Orchestra
The Budapest Strings Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1977 with the recently graduated students of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. In 1982 the orchestra won the Belgrade International Chamber Orchestra Competition. Since 1983 the Budapest Strings has given concert series in the Great Hall of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music and has been also frequently performed at the Budapest Vigadó /Redoute/, the Great Hall of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and almost in all important concert halls in Budapest and Hungary.
The orchestra now constitutes one of the world's leading ensembles which gives concerts worldwide with outstanding artists: György Pauk, Zoltán Kocsis, Kristóf Baráti, László Fenyő, Josef Suk, Maria Kliegel, Peter Frankl, Stefan Vladar, Michael Martin Kofler, Paula Robison, Guy Touvron, Eugene Rousseau. They regularly appear in the concert halls of Europe, the United States, South America and Japan.
They are frequent guests at international music festivals like: Budapest Spring Festival, Carinthian Summer (Austria), Danubius Fesztival (Italy), Norwich, Canterbury, Cricklade Festivals (England) Walloon Festival (Belgium) and Lancut (Poland).
Their concerts are often broadcasted live or recorded on radio and television in different countries. They recorded CD-s for various recording companies: Hungaroton, Nuova Era, Naxos, Laserlight, Capriccio.
In 2001 the chamber orchestra was awarded the Bartók-Pásztori Prize, which is one of the highest musical award in Hungary.
In 2006 they received the artistic award of the Hungarian Club Society and in 2008 a special prize by Artisjus.
In 2009 as a result of the categorization of the Hungarian professional music ensembles the Budapest Strings became one of the two Chamber Orchestras which received the highest degree.
The legendary cellist Károly Botvay is the Artistic Director of the Ensemble, since 2012 their Concert master is János Pilz.