The most important class, however, for me and for hundreds of other Hungarian musicians, was the chamber-music class. From about the age of fourteen, and until graduation from the Academy, all instrumentalists except the heavy-brass players and percussionists had to participate in this course. Presiding over it for many years was the composer Leó Weiner, who thus exercised an enormous influence on three generations of Hungarian musicians.

Sir Georg Solti
Liszt Academy Wind Ensemble

5 December 2020, 19.00-21.00

Solti Hall

Liszt Academy Wind Ensemble Presented by Liszt Academy


R. Strauss: Suite in B-flat major, Op. 4
Stravinsky: Symphonies of Wind Instruments
Stravinsky: Octet
Mozart: Serenade in B-flat major, K. 361 (ʻGran Partitaʼ)
György Orbán: Pavillon-sinfonietta

Liszt Academy Wind Ensemble
Conductor: Mátyás Antal

Ödön Mihalovich stood at the head of the Liszt Academy for 32 years, from 1887 until 1919 – longer than anybody else. He is considered the second founder of the institution; his two greatest achievements were the construction of the new – that is, the current – building, and contracting instructors such as Bartók, Kodály, Weiner and Dohnányi. However, Mihalovich implemented major developments in other areas as well. When he took over the directorship, classes were taught in the following subjects only: piano, organ, singing, violin, cello and composition. Under his direction, double bass teaching started as a complement to the string department in the 1890/91 academic year, while from the middle of the decade it was the turn of the wind instruments: horn and oboe (1894/95), flute and clarinet (1895/96), bassoon (1896/97), trombone and trumpet (1897/1898). In the past 125 years countless fine musicians have graduated from the wind departments of the Liszt Academy, thereby further burnishing the reputation of Hungarian music and teaching.

Presented by

Liszt Academy Concert Centre