|MÁV SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
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MAV Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1945 by the Hungarian State Railways – one of the greatest companies in Hungary. The orchestra is up to the present consisting of ninety professional musicians. MAVSO is presently ranking among the best of leading professional orchestras in Hungary.
In recent decades it has developed a wide-ranging repertoire from Baroque compositions up to works by modern, contemporary composers.
MAVSO organizes its own subscription concerts in the most respected concert halls of Hungary: the Liszt Music Academy and the Palace of Arts. Besides the symphony concerts it regularly performs chamber music and youth concerts as well.
During the years of active cultural activity the orchestra established close connections with famous conductors and soloists of Hungary and of foreign countries as well.
In the past decades the concerts of MAVSO were conducted by János Ferencsik, Lamberto Gardelli, Kobayashi Ken-Ichiro, Franco Ferrara, Uri Mayer, Hans Swarowsky, Carlo Zecchi, Moshe Atzmon, Kurt Masur, Herbert Blomsted, James Levine, Irwin Hoffman, Gábor Takács-Nagy and Yuri Simonov, to name but a few.
Several renowned soloists performed with the orchestra: Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, José Carreras, Kiri Te Kanawa, Lucia Aliberti, Lazar Berman, Jeanne-Marie Darré, Endre Gertler, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Ruggiero Ricci, David Geringas, Jevgeni Bushkov, Ramzi Yassa, Dudu Fischer, Fujiko Hemming, Alexander Markov, Tamás Vásáry, Zoltán Kocsis, Dezső Ránki, Miklós Perényi, Jenő Jandó and several others.
The high quality of the orchestra has been often acknowledged during its tours in several foreign countries. Thus the orchestra performed in each country of Europe and also in Cyprus, Lebanon, Hong Kong, Japan and China.
Besides guest-appearances, the orchestra participated at several European festivals: in Lourdes, Vienna, Thessaloniki, Rome, Assisi. In connection with the last mentioned event the orchestra performed in 1988 a special concert for Pope John Paul II at his summer-residence in Castelgandolfo.