Artist database

This is the Artist Database of BMC, which includes information about composers, musicians, orchestras, choirs and groups that are either Hungarian or Hungarian by origin or live in Hungary, as well as information about releases recorded with them.

Savaria Szimfonikus Zenekar (Savaria Symphony Orchestra)

Orchestra, choir, ensemble

+36 (94) 314 472
+36 (94) 316 808
Further contact
Bartók Hall
9700 Szombathely, Rákóczi Ferenc u. 3.

The first significant concert of the Savaria Symphony Orchestra was given in February 1962. The orchestra won the legal status of an independent Professional Orchestra in 1974. The ensemble has been maintained officially by the General Assembly of Vas County Municipality, whereas it has also been supported by the General Assembly of Szombathely Municipality. The Savaria Symphony Orchestra has become a major representative of Hungarian music life for the last few decades. Its repertoire has been consisted of both classic and romantic pieces on the one hand, as well as 20th century pieces on the other. Apart from giving symphonic concerts, the orchestra has been involved in high quality opera performances as well. It has also been a regular participant of both national and international festivals, out of which the most outstanding ones are the following: the Szombathely Spring Festival, the events the of Pannon Autumn, the Sopron Festival Weeks, the International Bartók Seminar and Festival, the International Conductors' Competition held by the Hungarian Television.

The Savaria Symphony Orchestra has been particularly famed for performing contemporary music. The high artistic standard of the orchestra has been certified both by several recordings, as well as by performances broadcasted on TV. The ensemble has been well-known all over Europe. It has given highly successful concerts in France, Germany, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Ireland, and other European countries, and it regularly takes part in several musical events in Austria every year. For its outstanding artistic work, the orchestra was awarded with the Bartók-Pásztory Award in 1990.

In January 1992 professor Ludovit Rajter was given the title of Honourable Chairman-Conductor by the orchestral members.

The ensemble has performed concerts with world-famous conductors and soloists, such as Kurt Wöss, Herbert Mogg, Kobayashi Ken-Ichiro, John Cage, Tamás Vásáry, Colman Pearce, Péter Eötvös, László Somogyi, János Ferencsik, Gidon Kremer, John Ogdon, Dmitri Alexejev, István Ruha, György Sebők, Carlo Zardo, Pavel Kogan, Natalia Guttman, Miklós Perényi, Csaba Onczay, Zoltán Kocsis, Sylvia Sass, Jenő Jandó, István Matuz, Vilmos Szabadi.

Since 2009 the Honorary Chairman and conductor of the orchestra is Tamás Vásáry.

Current performances of Savaria Symphony Orchestra
Koncertkalendárium (
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
1982 Geregor József - Híres buffó-áriák és jelenetek
(József Gregor - The Great Buffo Scenes)
Hungaroton SLPX 12359 LP
1988 Sztravinszkij, Igor: Menyegző - 4 zongorás (1923 ) és zenekari (1917) változat
(Stravinsky, Igor: Les Noces - 4 pianos (1923) and orchestral (1917) version)
Hungaroton SLPD, HCD 12989 "Schallplatte des Jahres" 1988
1988 Sugár Miklós: Ballada; Musica agile; Chorea; Áttűnések; Találkozások; Mozaik
(Sugár, Miklós: Ballad; Musica agile; Chorea; Dissolves; Meetings; Mosaic)
Hungaroton SLPX 12970 LP
1994 Dubrovay László: Szimfónia; Concerto No.2 trombitára és 15 vonóshangszerre; Variciók egy oszcilláló vonalra; Hármasverseny
(Dubrovay, László: Symphony; Concerto No.2 for Trumpet and 15 strings; Variations to an Oscillating Line; Triple Concerto)
Hungaroton HCD 31349
2001 50 éves a Hungaroton - Karmesterek (1951-2001)
(Fifty Years of Hungaroton - Conductors, 1951-2001)
Hungaroton HCD 32074-77 4 CDs
2001 50 éves a Hungaroton - Vonósművészek (1951-2001)
(Fifty Years of Hungaroton - String Players)
Hungaroton HCD 32091-3 3 CDs
2001 Cage, John: Harminc darab öt zenekarra; Zene zongorára
(Cage, John: Thirty Pieces for Five Orchestras; Music for Piano)
Hungaroton HCD 12893
2002 Gémesi Géza művei
(Works by Géza Gémesi)
Hungaroton HCD 31940
2005 Sugár Miklós: Mozaik; Musica agile; Áttűnések; Felhő-variációk; Ballada; Chorea; Találkozások
(Miklós Sugár: Mosaic; Musica agile; Dissolves; Cloud Variations; Reminiscences; Ballad; Chorea; Meetings)
Hungaroton HCD 32326