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 ChurchInner City Parish ChurchChurch of St AnneLutheran Church Deák Square

Organ Concerts in St Stephen’s Basilica

the organEnjoy 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.

Performances are held every Thursday at 20.00 between March – December.

Program of the Concert

  • Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Concerto in D minor BWV 593 (Allegro, Adagio, Allegro)
  • Tommaso Albinoni (1671-1751): Adagio
  • Alessandro Stradella (1639-1682): Pieta Signore
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Andante in C major K 315
  • Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Ave Maria
  • Liszt Ferenc (1811-1866): Fantasy on the name B-A-C-H
  • Georges Bizet (1838-1875): Agnus Dei
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Menuet and Badinerie from suite in B minor BWV 1067
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565
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Dates in 2017:

color coded seat map of the basilica concert
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Concerts start at 20:00, and last about 70 minutes, without break.

  • August: 03, 10, 17, 24, 31
  • September: 07, 14, 21, 23, 28
  • October: 05, 12, 19, 26
  • November: 09, 16, 23, 30
  • December: 07, 14, 21, 28
  • 2018. January : 05

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.

Note: Assigned seating. You will be assigned the best seats available in the chosen category at the time of purchase.

Organ Concert + Danube Cruise with Dinner

After the concert a night 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.

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Organ Concerts in the Palace of Arts/Müpa

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

the organ in Mupa, Béla Bartók National Concert Hall The Palace of Arts on the Pest bank of the Danube next to Rákóczi Bridge frequently hosts organ concerts.

The unique and famous organ of the Palace of Arts is in the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall and 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.

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

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

Dates and Program in 2017:

  • March 12: Norbert Balog: Reubke, Duruflé, Dupré, Escaich, Prokofjev
  • April 02: BertalanHock Liszt F. Via Crucis
  • April 30: Ireneusz Wyrwa (Poland): Bach, Franck, Nowowiejski, Rheinberger.
  • May 21: Alain Bouvet (France): J.S.Bach, Boelmann, Vierne, Litaize,Widor
  • June 11: Bertalan Hock: J.S.Bach, Elgar, Franck
  • July 09: Tamás Kosóczky: Widor, Schmidthauer , Grison
  • August 06: Rita Kály-Kullai: J.S.Bach, Antalffy-Zsiross , Reubke
  • August 27: Erzsébet Áchim: Elgar, Liszt, Guilmant, Antalffy-Zsíross, Franck
  • October 08: Bertalan Hock: Marchand, J.S.Bach, Buxtehude,Widor
  • October 29: Szilárd Kovács: J.S.Bach, Liszt, Kovács Sz.
  • November 19: Levente Márton Horváth: Buxtehude, Mendelssohn, Horváth.M.L
  • December 17: János Erdődy: J.S.Bach, D’Aquin, C.Franck

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Concerts in the Inner City Parish Church

Address: Március 15. tér 2., district V., tram 2

Concert dates in 2017: Wednesdays at 16.00

Tickets: full price: 4 500 HUF, student, senior: 4 000 HUF

front view of the churchThe two-towered church standing on the Pest riverbank near Erzsébet Bridge has organ concerts on Wednesday afternoons in 2017.

The church is one of the oldest in Budapest originating in the 11. century. Bishop Gellért’s – killed by rebel pagans after the death of King St. Stephen – remains are said to be buried here.

Not much survived the centuries from the original Roman style basilica. It reached its current size in the 14 -15 centuries under the rule of King Sigismund of Luxembourg then King Matthias.

The Turks converted the temple into a mosque. You can visit the church and its museum every day between 09.00 – 16.30 on weekdays and 09.00 – 22.00 on Sundays.

The church has mass with organ music on weekdays at 17.00.

The concerts on Wednesdays at 16.00 feature classic pieces like:

  • J. S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
  • W. A. Mozart: Allegro
  • T. Albinoni: Adagio
  • Liszt Ferenc: Consolation in E (arr. Koloss)
  • F. Schubert: Scherzo

Organ Concerts in St. Anne Church

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

organ_st_anne_churchThe 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 – 19.30

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 2017, Last Sunday Every Month, Starting at 18.00:

  • March 26. Markus Leidenberger (Dresden, Germany)

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 from 10.00 am. and 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 May 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):

ETUNAM Chamber Choir Budapest – organ : Gábor Szotyori Nagy, conductor: András Virágh

Program:
J. S. Bach: Toccata, Air and Fugue in D Minor
J. Arcadelt: Ave Maria
A. Vivaldi: Concerto in A Minor – I. Allegro
W. A. Mozart: Ave verum
W. A. Mozart: Benedictus sit Deus
W. A. Mozart: Requiem – Lacrymosa
Liszt Ferenc: Legend of St. Elizabeth – Marsch der Kreuzritter
C. Franck: Panis angelicus
J. S. Bach: Fugue in G Minor
J. S. Bach: Magnificat – Suscepit Israel
G. F. Händel: Judas Maccabeus – See, the conquering hero comes
G. F. Händel: Hallelujah

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