GYŐR PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
The names of Artur Nikisch, world-famous conductor and founder of several well-known European and American orchestras, and of János Richter, world-renowned conductor, are widely known, but fewer know of their many connections with Győr, home of the Győr Philharmonic Orchestra. The career of Artur Nikisch began here, while in 1862 János Richter’s father, Antal Richter, established the forerunner of the Győr Philharmonic Orchestra, the Song and Music Association of Győr, which became the Orchestra of the Municipality of the city of Győr in 1894. Several years later the semi-professional art institution was transformed into a professional concert orchestra.
In 2008, under a new director, the Győr Philharmonic Orchestra began to provide world class professional qualities and innovative solutions to its partners, audience, soloists and guest conductors. The orchestra has achieved great success in most European countries, and won recognition in the leading concert venues of Asia, appearing in China, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan. The orchestra enjoyed a successful tour of the Far East and Europe with the legendary Italian film music composer and conductor, Ennio Morricone in the spring of 2009, and won recognition as orchestra-in-residence at the Hungarian gala of Operalia, the international opera competition established by Plácido Domingo.
The orchestra has collaborated with distinguished Hungarian and international conductors and soloists, and has a wide repertoire ranging from standard classical traditional pieces to the popular, providing cross-over film music and serving as an outdoor or gala orchestra, a smaller or bigger chamber orchestra and offering bands for brass or woodwind. Géza Fűke has been the director of the Győr Philharmonic Orchestra since July 2008, and the artistic director post is held by Kálmán Berkes, holder of the Liszt Award and the GRAMMY® Gold medal Prize, clarinet player and conductor, who was professor and conductor of Musashino Academy of Music, Tokyo, between 1992 and 2017.
Photo: Mekli Zoltán