Organ Concerts in Budapest

Performances in the Basilica, Palace of Arts, Matthias Church, and St. Michael Church

Going to an organ concert in a church is a perfect combination of musical entertainment and sightseeing. Here are the most popular organ concert venues:

Quick Links: BasilicaPalace of Arts/MüpaMatthias Church St. Michael ChurchChurch of St AnneLutheran Church Deák Square

Organ Concerts in St Stephen’s Basilica

Enjoy the excellent acoustics of St Stephen’s Cathedral on an organ concert performed by one of Hungary’s most talented pipe organ players Kolos Kováts.

The program includes a flute solo by Eleonóra Krusic a famous Hungarian flute player who regularly performs with other European orchestras.

Program of the Concert

    • the organWolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): Fantasy in F minor K 608
    • Antonio Vivaldi: 4 Seasons – Winter (Largo)
    • Alessandro Stradella (1639-1682): Pieta Signore
    • Tommaso Albinoni (1671-1751): Adagio
    • Ferenc Liszt (1811-1886): Choral
    • Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Ave Maria
    • Robert Schumann (1810-1856): Fugue on the Theme B-A-C-H
    • Georges Bizet (1838-1875): Agnus Dei

Beautiful stained glass window in the basilica

  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Badinerie from suite in B minor
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565

 

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Dates in 2017:

Concerts start at 20:00, and last about 70 minutes, without break.

Szent István Bazilika inside

  • January: 05
  • March: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30
  • April: 06, 20, 27
  • May: 04, 11, 18, 25
  • June: 01, 08, 15, 22, 29
  • July: 06, 13, 20, 27
  • August: 03, 10, 17, 24, 31
  • September: 07, 09, 14, 21, 28
  • October: 05, 12, 19, 26
  • November: 09, 16, 23, 30
  • December: 07, 14, 21, 28
  • 2018. January : 05
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Price:

  • 1st cat: 30 EUR, 2nd cat: 26 EUR, 3rd cat: 19 EUR
  • Students: 1st cat: 28 EUR, 2nd cat: 24 EUR, 3rd cat: 17 EUR.

 

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Organ Concert + Cruise on the Danube with Dinner – Save 10 %

After the concert a a boat tour  with buffet dinner will make the evening even more memorable.

In the romantic candlelight atmosphere you can enjoy the wonderful view of Budapest decked out in lights.

After dinner you can also admire the panorama from the open upper deck of the ship.

Price:

  • Full price: 1. cat: 70 EUR, 2. cat: 66 EUR, 3. cat: 59 EUR
  • Students: 1. cat: 68 EUR, 2. cat: 64 EUR, 3. cat: 56 EUR

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After the concert a host or hostess will escort you to the pier when the boat departs at 22.00. The tour lasts approx. 1.5 hours.

Organ10 Festival, Palace of Arts/Müpa, 21-22. May

Address: Komor Marcell utca 1., district IX., getting there: tram 2 or H7 HÉV/suburban railway Közvágóhíd stop, tram 1 Rákóczi híd stop
Tel: (+36 1) 555 3000

Date: 21-22. May 2016, Sat-Sun

Tickets: will be available from 15. January

the organ in Mupa, Béla Bartók National Concert HallA two-day festival that celebrates the inagururation of the unique and famous organ of the Palace of Arts 10 years ago.

The organ of the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall was made in 2006 by the Pécsi Orgonaépítő Manufaktúra and Mühleisen Orgelbau Stuttgart.

The world-renowned 5-manual instrument has 6804 pipes and 92 registers.

In the past decade numerous concerts were played on it and it will bring to life classic organ pieces on this weekend festival too.

  • 21 May – Opening Evening: László Fassang offers a taste of the organ repertoire, while between 22.00 and 01.00 lovers of pop music can participate in an unusual adventure.
  • 22 May – Afternoon:  Bach pieces will be played, followed by the musical gems of the new protestant church music and transcriptions of Bartók’s, Liszt’s and Kodály’s works.
  • 22 May – Evening: on the final concert of the series a rare piece each by Debussy and Duruflé will be performed by the organists of the Notre Dame of Paris.

See tickets and detailed program on the Müpa’s website.

Organ Concerts in Matthias Church

Address: Szentháromság tér 2., district I.

Dates in 2016: April:  23, 29, May: 13,  28, June: 03, 10, 11, 17, 25, July: 09, 23
August: 06, 27, September: 10, 24, October 01, 08, 22, November 05, 12, 26, December 03, 17, 28, 30

Tickets: bronze: 3 900 HUF, silver: 4 900 HUF, golden: 7 900 HUF, platina: 9 900 HUF, VIP: 14 900 HUF

a concert in Matthias ChurchThe historic Matthias church in the heart of Buda Castle hosts wonderful organ concerts in the fall and winter season in 2014.

The Hungarian Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra will perform pieces by Schubert, Bach, and Handel.

The acoustic of the temple is very good and the historic atmosphere makes it an excellent venue for church concerts.

It has a Rieger Kloss organ that was built in 1909 from a donation by Franz Joseph emperor.

The five-manual, 85-register organ with 8-line (Setzer) combination and electro-pneumatic action (Op. 3540) was consecrated in January 1984.

There is also a 2-manual 18-register remote addition in the Béla chapel that can be played individually or controlled from the large organ. The beautiful organ cabinet is the work of Frigyes Schulek architect (he designed Fishermen’s Bastion).

The instrument, along with the other parts of the church, was completely refurbished in 2013.

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Free Organ Recitals

Dates in 2016: August 26., September 09.

Matthias Church also has free organ recitals usually once in a month on a Friday evening starting at 19.30.

On 26. August Bálint Karosi will perform works of Petr Eben, István Koloss and M. Reger. On 09. September Péter Kováths will play works of J. S. Bach and L. Vierne.

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TIP: see also dates of music events on the church’s website

Organ Concerts in St. Anne Church

Address: Batthyány tér 7., district I., M2 metro station

Organ of the Church of St AnneThe original medieval church was destroyed during the Turkish rule in the 16th century.

The parish was restituted to the Jesuits in 1687 by by archbishop György Széchenyi who managed it until 1773 when their order was broken up.

The church in its current form was constructed in 1762, according to design of Péter Hamon.

The original organ of this beautiful Baroque church in north Buda, also known as Water Town, came from the Carmelite church. An electric organ was built in by the Angster company in 1926.

It was destroyed during the siege of Budapest in 1945. A new three manual, 37-register instrument was made in Dresden in 1985.

You can enjoy 1-hour concerts performed by talented Hungarian organ artists in the church on Friday evenings.

TIP: The church is in the Buda side from where you can admire the stunning view of the Parliament building across the River Danube. There is also a food market on Batthyány Square if you wish to shop for local goods.

Organ Series in the Deák Square Lutheran Church – FREE

Organ in the Deák sqr Lutheran ChurchAddress: Deák tér 4., district V., downtown, M1, M2, M3 metro lines

Date & Time: on the last Sunday each month at 18.00

Tickets: Free

The Lutheran Church on Deák Ferenc Square gives home to a series of concerts titled “Orgonazenés Áhítatok/Organ Music with Devotion” with various outstanding artists performing at each occasion including young talents.

You can also join a short devotion between the music pieces.

The current organ – a mechanical, 3-manual, 44-register neo-Baroque instrument – is the third in the history of the church.

Program and dates in 2016:

  • February 28. – Liszt Academy-faculty of organ students
  • March 27. Easter Sunday – Diana Pál
  • April 24. – Hans Jansen
  • May 15. Pentecost – Mónika Kecskés
  • May. 29. – Dániel Gárdonyi

Church of St. Michael, Váci Str., Organ & Trumpet Concerts

Address: Váci utca 47/b, district V.

St. Michael Church's facade from vaci StreetGetting there: M3 Ferenciek tere, or Kálvin tér station, M1, M2, M3 metro Vörösmarty tér station or tram 2 Március 15. tér stop

Date & Time: on Wednesdays at 18.00 and Saturdays at 19.00

Tickets: full price: 4 500 HUF, students/retirees: 4 000 HUF (can be purchased on the premises before on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Saturday before the concert)

This lovely baroque temple in busy Váci Street is a venue for organ and trumpet concerts on Wednesday and Saturday evenings from April till end of December.

On Wednesdays vocal and instrumental soloists complement the organ recital. On Saturday the performance of various choirs contribute to the musical program.

Program (might vary slightly from concert to concert):

Ildikó Szakács – soprano, Gábor Szotyori Nagy – organ

M-A. Charpentier: Te Deum
G. Caccini: Ave Maria
T. Albinoni: Adagio
W. A. Mozart: Alleluja
J. S. Bach: Air
J. S. Bach: Aria – Johannes-passion
J. S. Bach: Prelude in G Major
C. Franck: Panis angelicus
C. Franck: Sortie in F
Liszt Ferenc: Consolation in E
Ch. Gounod: Ave Maria
J. S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor

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