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.

Budapesti Vonósok (Budapest Strings)

Orchestra, choir, ensemble

Further contact
Budapesti Vonósok Kamarazenekar
1036 BUDAPEST - Kiskorona u. 7.

The Budapest Strings Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1977 with the recently graduated students of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. In 1982 the orchestra won the Belgrade International Chamber Orchestra Competition.

Since 1983 the Budapest Strings has given concert series in the Great Hall of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music and has been also frequently performed at the Budapest Vigadó /Redoute/, the Great Hall of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and almost in all important concert halls in Budapest and Hungary.

In 1995 the Budapest Strings established and started to organize the International Haydn Festival in Fertőd at the gorgeus Eszterhazy Castel with the participation of such renowned musicians as Andrea Rost, Jenő Jandó, Reinhold Friedrich, Miklós Perényi, András Ágoston, Irena Grafenauer, Lajos Lencsés, Béla Drahos, Nicolas Daniel etc.

The orchestra now constitutes one of the world's leading ensembles which gives concerts worldwide with outstanding artists: György Pauk, Zoltán Kocsis, Kristóf Baráti, László Fenyő, Josef Suk, Maria Kliegel, Peter Frankl, Stefan Vladar, Michael Martin Kofler, Paula Robison, Guy Touvron, Eugene Rousseau.

They regularly appear in the concert halls of Europe, the United States, South America and Japan.

They are frequent guests at international music festivals like: Budapest Spring Festival, Carinthian Summer (Austria), Danubius Fesztival (Italy), Norwich, Canterbury, Cricklade Festivals (England) Walloon Festival (Belgium) and Lancut (Poland).

Their concerts are often broadcasted live or recorded on radio and television in different countries. They recorded CD-s for various recording companies: Hungaroton, Nuova Era, Naxos, Laserlight, Capriccio.

The Budapest Strings has an exclusive contract with Delta Music for whom they recorded more than 40 CDs. Series of recordings have been issued, including the world premiere recording of the complete Sinfonia Concertantes by Johann Christian Bach. All members of the Orchestra frequently perform in smaller chamber ensembles and give concerts both at home and abroad too.

From 2009 the Orchestra presents an exclusive concert series the so called Royal Concert Series in the gorgeous Grand Ballroom of the Corinthia Hotel Budapest. In this series the most prominent representatives of the Hungarian performers has been invited, like Andrea Rost, Miklos Perenyi, Vilmos Szabadi... The Budapest Strings strives to attract the audience and the young generation with new ideas and concept for their concerts. The ensemble frequently introduces young talented performers and composers for the public.

The ensemble is a renowned participant of the Hungarian cultural life and has been invited to prestigious international stages too. In 2001 the chamber orchestra was awarded the Bartók-Pásztori Prize, which is one of the highest musical award in Hungary. In 2006 they received the artistic award of the Hungarian Club Society and in 2008 a special prize by Artisjus. In 2009 as a result of the categorization of the Hungarian professional music ensembles the Budapest Strings became one of the two Chamber Orchestras which received the highest degree.

The legendary cellist Károly Botvay is the Artistic Director of the Ensemble.

Current performances of Budapest Strings
Koncertkalendárium (
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
Baroque for Meditation Naxos 8.557792
Great Orchestra Classics 7 (Australia) Naxos 8.570042
Rodrigo, Joaquín: Concierto de Aranjuez Capriole CA15602
1985 Márta István: Szíveink
Hungaroton SLPX 12563
1988 A Bride's Guide to Wedding Music Naxos 8.503134 3 CDs
1989 Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix: A Midsummer Night's Dream (excerpts) / Hebrides / Songs Without Words (Kovacs, I. Fischer, Perenyi, Kocsis, Dubourg) Naxos CA15623
1989 Barokk hangverseny
(Baroque Concert)
Hungaroton SLPD 12995 Own
LP / Reissue on CD: HCD 12995 (1999)
1990 The Instruments Of Classical Music Vol.6-10 Laserlight 15980 5 CDs
1990 The Instruments Of Classical Music Vol.6 - The Cello Laserlight 15240
1990 Handel, Georg Friderich: Organ Concertos Op.4 Nos.2, 4, 5 and Op.7, No.4 Capriole CA15629
1991 101 Great Orchestral Classics, Vol.7. Naxos 8.551147
1991 Vivaldi, Antonio: The Best of Vivaldi Naxos 8.551105
1992 Romantic Moments Vol.5 - Mendelssohn
(Romantic Moments Vol.5 - Mendelssohn)
Laserlight 14055
1992 Telemann, Georg Philipp: Overtures - Concertos - Chamber Music Capriccio C49426
1993 Händel, Georg Friedrich: Orgelkonzerte Op.4., Nr. 1-4, 6
(Händel, Georg Friedrich: Organ Concertos Op.4., Nr. 1-4, 6)
Capriccio 9600238 Own
1993 Romantic Moments Vol.1-5 Laserlight 35865 5 CDs
1993 The Best of Händel Naxos 8.551115
1993 Oboe Concertos - Stulick, Graupner, Forster, Dittersdorf Capriccio C10484
1993 Harp Recital - Händel, Dittersdorf, Debussy, Ravel Capriccio C10485
1993 Grieg, Edward: From Holberg's Time - 2 Nordic Melodies - Suite champetre - Romance Op.42 Capriccio C10486
1993 Csajkovszkij, Pjotr Iljics: Souvenir de Florence - Valse-scherzo - Serenade melancolique - Pezzo capriccioso - Romance Capriccio C10441
1993 Farkas Ferenc: Aria e Rondo all'ungherese Capriccio C10894
1994 Albinoni, Thomaso Giovanni: Oboe Concertos Opp.7, 9 Capriccio C10507
1994 Cine Classics Vol.10 Naxos 8.551160
1994 Magnificat - Vivaldi / Albinoni / Sammartini / Caldara Hungaroton HCD 31259
1994 Vivaldi, Antonio: Violin Concertos Op. 8, Nos. 5-8 and 10-12 Naxos 8.550189
1994 Händel, Georg Friedrich: Organ Concertos Nos.1-6 Capriccio C10533
1994 Magnificat Hungaroton HCD 31259
1994 Vivaldi, Antonio: Flute Concertos Op.10 Nos.1, 2, 3, 5 - Flautino Concertos RV443, 444 Capriole CA14094
1994 Vivaldi, Antonio: Violin Concertos Op.8 Nos.5-7, 10 - Concerti Grossi Op.3, Nos.8,11 Capriole CA14099
1994 Largo Naxos 8.550950
1994 Elgar, Edward: Serenade Op.20 - Suk, Josef: Serenade Op.6 - Wolf, Hugo: Serenade, "Italienische Serenade" Capriccio C10527
1994 Famous Baroque Concerti Naxos 8.553028
1994 Classical Favorites - Vol 1. Naxos 8.550521 3 CDs
1995 Mendelssohn, Felix: Symphonies Nos.9, 10, 12 Capriccio C10588
1995 Bach/Vivaldi: Violin Concerti Naxos 8.553231
1995 Haydn, Joseph: 5 orgonaverseny C-dúrban
(Haydn, Joseph: Organ Concertos in C major)
Hungaroton HCD 31175 Own
1995 Salieri, Antonio: Concerto for Oboe, Violin and Cello in D major - Concerto for Flute and Oboe in C major - Sinfonia, "La Veneziana" Capriccio C10530
1995 Schubert, Franz: 5 German Dances - 5 Minuets and Trios - 3 Kleine Stücke Capriccio C10526
1995 Baroque Masterpieces Naxos 8.553221
1995 The Top 100 Masterpieces Of Classical Music Delta 35815 5 CDs
1996 Vivaldi, Antonio: The 4 Seasons - Sinfonias RV112, 132, 149 and 169 Capriccio C49088
1996 Classic Masterworks - Antonio Vivaldi Capriccio C49024
1996 Classic Masterworks - Antonin Dvorak Capriccio C49039
1996 Vivaldi, Antonio: Violin Concertos RV 180, 242, 253, 362, 552 - Concerto Grosso RV 565 Capriccio C49090
1996 Vivaldi, Antonio: Concertos for Strings Capriccio C49092
1996 Chamber Music Capriccio C49010
1996 Kreisler, Fritz: Violin Music Capriccio C10734
1996 20th Century Compositions - Orff, Rahmanyinov, Ravel, Reger, Strauss, Sztravinszkij, Respighi, Prokofjev Capriccio C49007
1996 Classic Masterworks - George Friedrich Händel Capriccio C49025
1996 Vivaldi, Antonio: Recorder Concertos RV 433, 439, 441 - Flute Concertos RV 428, 434 - Flautino Concertos RV 443, 444 Capriccio C49089
1996 Classic Masterworks - Johannes Brahms Capriccio C49032
1996 Classic Masterworks - Franz Schubert Capriccio C49029
1996 Classic Masterworks - Franz Liszt Capriccio C49037
1996 Classic Masterworks - Felix Mendelssohn Capriccio C49040
1996 Classic Masterworks - Edward Grieg Capriccio C49041
1996 Geiger György: Játszom a trombitával Hungaroton HCD 16710
1996 Trumpet Recital: Endler, Telemann, Fasch - Baroque Trumpet Concertos Capriccio C10529
1996 Classic Masterworks - Maurice Ravel Capriccio C49038
1997 Carulli, Ferdinando: Concerto for Flute and Guitar Op.8 - Petit concerto de societe - Guitar Concerto in A major Capriccio C10735
1997 Bach, Johann Sebastian, Kozeluch, Johann Antonin: Bassoon Concertos Capriccio C10585
1997 Bach, Johann Sebastian: Adagio Naxos 8.552242
1997 The Best of Vivaldi Naxos 8.556655
1997 The Best of Händel Naxos 8.556665
1997 The Best of J. S. Bach Naxos 8.556656
1997 Vivaldi, Antonio: Famous Concerti Naxos 8.554040 Own
1997 Adagio 2 Naxos 8.553841
1997 Bach, J. Ch.: Sinfonie Concertanti, Vol. 4 Capriccio C10811
1997 Spring in Vienna - Strauss II, Johann, Stolz, Kreisler, Suppe Capriccio C49152-1 2 CDs
1997 Albrechtsberger, Johann Gregor: Harp Concerto in C major - Partita in F major - Wagenseil, Georg Christoph: Harp Concerto in G major Capriccio C10586
1998 Cinema Classics Vol. 10 Naxos 8.556630
1998 The Centre Vol 2. Naxos 8.554903-04DX 2 CDs
1998 Bach, Johann Sebastian: Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen - Melani Alessandro: Qual mormorio giocondo - Scarlatti, Alessandro: Su le sponde del Tebro Capriccio C10583
1998 Trumpet Recital: Friedrich Reinhold - Stradella, Corelli, Marcello, Torelli, Albinoni Capriccio C10768
1999 Baroque Favourites Amadis 7173
1999 Barokk hangverseny
(A Baroque Concert)
Hungaroton HCD 12995 Own
Reissue of Hungaroton SLPD 12995 (1989)
1999 Discover the Classics 3: The Concerto Naxos 8.554486-87 2 CDs
1999 Romantic Moments Vol.10 - Schubert Laserlight 14060
1999 Albinoni, Thomaso: Concerti a 5 - Op.5 Nos.1-12 Capriccio C10709
1999 Adagio Naxos 8.554584
1999 Vivaldi, Antonio: The Four Seasons and other famous concerti Naxos 8.554582
1999 Classical Music from TV Advert Naxos 8.554589
1999 Anglar
Naxos 8.503096
1999 Flute and Orchestral Arrangements - Borne F., Doppler F., Briccialdi, G Capriccio C10831
1999 Voices of Angels Naxos 8.503071
2000 Sweet Dreams - Baby's First Classics Laserlight 24458 Further contributor: Evelyne Dubourg, Deborah Sipkai, Eckart Haupt, Peter Wohlert, Herbert Kegel...
2000 Bach, Johann Sebastian: Arias - BWV 21, 51, 53, 82, 199, 244, 248 Naxos C10882
2000 Barber, Samuel: Capricorn Concerto - Serenade Op.1 - Foote, Arthur: Air and Gavotte - Suite in E major Capriccio C10505
2000 Händel, Georg Friedrich: Choruses and Organ Concertos Capriccio C51087
2001 Christmas Festive Concert Capriccio C49310 3 CDs
2002 Sven Goran Erikssons - Klassiska Favoriter Naxos 8.503135 3 CDs
2002 Midnight Lounge - Chill Out Classics and Meditation Capriccio C49326
2002 Svenska Folkets Onskekonsert Naxos 8.557192
2002 Holst, Gustav: St. Paul's Suite - A Fugal Concerto - Britten, Benjamin: Simple Symphony - Walton, William: 2 Pieces for Strings Capriccio C10584
2002 De Lyse Naetter - Stemningsfuld musik pa 3 CD'er
(The Light Nights - Evocative Music on 3 CDs)
Naxos 8.503148DK
2003 Listen, Learn and Grow: Playtime Arts and Crafts Naxos 8.555813
2003 Enkelin Aanin
(Angel's Voices)
Naxos 8.503147
2003 A Bride's Guide to Wedding Music Naxos 8.557246-47 2 CDs
2003 Music of the Bach Family Capriccio C51117
2004 Grieg, Edvard: From Holberg's Time - Sibelius, Jean: Karelia Suite, Finlandia, Valse triste, Suite champetre Naxos C51171
2004 Famous Austrian Composers - Strauss, Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Haydn, Albrechtsberger Capriccio C49370 5 CDs
2004 Mozart Era - Meister der Mozart-Zeit Capriccio C67100-02 3 CDs
2004 Barokk trombitaversenyek
(Baroque Trumpet Concertos)
Hungaroton HCD 32266
2004 Classic Moods - Humperdinck, Fauré, Brahms, Schumann, Puccini, Grieg, Schubert, Rheinberger Capriccio C18411
2004 Classic Moods - Puccini, Schubert, Wagner, Rubinstein, Tchaikovsky Capriccio C18404
2004 Classic Moods - Händel, Bach, Mozart, Boccherini, Telemann, Besards, Fasch Capriccio C18419
2004 Frühjahrsparade
(Spring Parade)
Capriccio C49364
2004 Sunset Classics Capriccio C67107-08
2004 Classic Moods - Bach, Gounod, Beethoven, Schubert, Wieniawski, Dvorak, Bruch, Grieg Capriccio C18413
2004 Classic Moods - Chopin Capriccio C18415
2004 Classic Moods - Mendelssohn, Debussy, Schumann, Puccini, Bizet, Grieg Capriccio C18408
2004 Classic Moods - Vivaldi, Dowland, Malats, Tarrega, Albeniz, Sor, Sanz, Boccherini, Carulli Capriccio C18417
2004 Classic Moods - Boccherini, Händel, Mendelssohn, Haydn, Fibich, Csajkovszkij, Grieg, Dvorak Capriccio C18405
2004 Classic Moods - Bach, Vivaldi, Buffardin, Dowland, Albinoni, Händel, Purcell, Pescetti Capriccio C18409
2004 Classic Moods Capriccio C18414
2004 A Musical Journey - Venice: A Musical Tour of the City's Past and Present Naxos 2.110505 DVD
2004 Listen, Learn and Grow with Bach Naxos 8.557579-80 2 CDs
2005 Adagio - The Ultimate Collection Naxos 8.570015-16
2005 The Very Best of Bach Naxos 8.552103-04 2 CDs
2005 Albinoni, Thomaso: Concertos Opp.5, 7 and 9 Capriccio C67126-29 4 CDs
2005 Bach for Meditation Naxos 8.557650
2005 Organ Music - Praetorius, Hofhaimer, Hassler, Gabrieli, Bull, Scheidt, Kotter, Scheidemann, Buxtehude Capriccio C49444 5 CDs
2005 Händel, Georg Friedrich: Organ Concertos Nos.1-4 and 6 Capriccio C71076
2005 The Very Best of Händel Naxos 8.552109-10 2 CDs
2006 Haydn, Joseph: Symphonies, Concertos, String Quartets, The Creation (Masterpieces) Capriccio C49520
2006 An Easter Album Naxos 8.570175-76
2006 Perfect Summer Wedding Naxos 8.557979
2007 Naxos Selection: Highlights Naxos 8.571000
2007 Baroque Favorites Naxos 8.571096
2007 Bach, Johann Sebastian - Vivaldi, Antonio: Violin Concertos Capriccio 8.571001
2007 Flute and String Orchestra Arrangements - Brahms, Porumbescu, Enescu, Doppler, Bartók Capriccio C67185
2007 Flute and String Orchestra Arrangements - Brahms, Porumbescu, Enescu, Doppler, Bartók Capriccio C67185
2007 Dittersdorf, Carl Ditters von: Harp Concerto in A major Capriccio C71121
2007 Albinoni - Mozart - Bach: Famous Adagios Naxos 8.571077
2008 Välbefinnande - Musik för Kropp och Själ
(Wellness - Music for Body and Soul)
Naxos 8.572149
2008 The Genius of Bach Naxos 8.570384 2 CDs
2008 101 Classics - The Best Loved Classical Melodies Naxos 8.508004
2009 Vaughan Williams, Ralph: 10 Blake Songs - Oboe Concerto in A minor - Household Music - Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis Capriccio C5035
2009 A XX. század hangjai
(Sounds of the 20th Century)
Hungaroton HCD 32598-99 2 CDs
2010 Adagio 2 Naxos 8.578062-63 2 CDs
2010 Christmas Meditation Capriccio C7073 5 CDs
2010 A Musica Journey - Venice: City of Water and Light Naxos 2.110238 DVD
2011 Salieri, Antonio: Sinfonia "La Veneziana" - Concertos Capriccio C5087
2011 Fasch, Johann Friedrich: Overtures / Concertos Capriccio C5073
2012 Great Baroque Masterpieces - 10-CD Box Set Naxos 8.501061 10 CDs
2012 Kreisler, Fritz: Violin Music Capriccio C5120
2012 Baroque Favourites Naxos 8.578209
2012 Vivaldi, Antonio: The 4 Seasons - Violin Concertos RV180, 253 and 362 Naxos 8.572971
2012 Välbefinnande - Klassisk musik for kropp och sjal
(Wellbeing - Classical Music for Body and Soul)
Naxos 8.578220
2013 Klassik Ohne Krise: Gelassen geniessen Naxos 8.551300-01 2 CDs
2013 Organ Concertos Capriccio C7172 5 CDs
2014 The Sea in Music Naxos 8.578269-70 2 CDs
2020 Budapesti Vonósok 40
(Budapest Strings 40)
Budapesti Vonósok Alapítványa Own