Savaria Symphony OrchestraMagyar

The Chronological History of the Orchestra
1850 Szombathely has the fourth Choir Association in Hungary,
1881 The Catholic School Orchestra gives a concert featuring Pál Schedl,
1882 Conductor Otto Müller "welcomes ladies and gentlemen proficient in any branch of music with the aim to set up an orchestra working on a voluntary basis",
1901 The Philharmonic Society is set up, The directors of the orchestra are: Balassa, Kálmán and Henne, Ignác,
1906 The establishment of the Philharmonic Association,
1909 The setting up the local music school under director Elemér Csikor, who also takes an active part of the town musical life as a performing concert musician,
1915 The premiere of Haydn's oratorio "Four Seasons",
1917 After the recovery from World War I, the string orchestra is reorganized by Alfred Koller,
1919 The Musical Department of The Cultural Association supplements its string musicians with wind players, borrowing them from the military wind band of "The 5th King Matthias Infantry". This provisional orchestra is directed by Kálmán Balassa,
1922 Composer Ernõ Dohnányi praises the orchestra conducted by Vendel Stazenberg,
1928 Antal Dillmann is asked to act as the director of the orchestra. He wishes to make a closer co-operation with the symphony orchestra of Sopron,
1933 Zoltán Kodály conducts the orchestra on 14, May. It is Gyula Baranyai who assists the orchestra in rehearsing the piece on the programme, the Háry Suite,

The string orchestra of the local Cultural Association performs the instrumental version of Béla Bartók's piano work "Hungarian Peasant Songs" on 18 March for the first time in a Hungarian concert hall after the piece had had its premiere in Rotterdam and had been broadcast on Hungarian radio. The orchestra was supplemented by the winds of the 5th Hungarian Infantry. Conductor: Gyula Baranyai,

Another prominent concert performed the same year with soloist János Koncz and conductor Richárd Fricsay,
1936 The setting up of the chamber orchestra 'Collegium Musicum' by Alíz Bárdos and Lili Wiener,
1939 The first time János Ferencsik conducts the orchestra. This year the principal conductor is József Dillmann, of the military band,
1945 World War II saw the breaking up of the orchestra, several members died during the war. The military band-providing the winds to the orchestra before the war-has been moved to Debrecen. Between 1945 and 1948 the orchestra performs with students and teachers of the music school. Conductor: Kálmán Balassa,
1948 The Szombathely Philharmonic Society is set up, its orchestra is directed by István Pécsi,
1949 On Zoltán Kodály's recommendation, musicologist Ernõ Lendvai comes to Szombathely to become director of the local music school. Along with his wife, pianist Erzsébet Tusa, he plays a prominent role in shaping the town's musical life until 1954,
1953 Owing to Ernõ Ledvai's outstanding work, the Szombathely Philharmonic Society Orchestra develops the idea of becoming independent,
1954 The new conductor is Simon Jenõ,
1956 The Philharmonic Society is wound up, and keeps on working under name of Szombathely Town Council Symphony Orchestra of the Philharmonic Orchestra.
Conductors of the next few years: Tibor Bachmann and Alfréd Endrõdy,
1960 The Town Council Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Mihály Schmidt. The youth orchestra of the music school works as the Youth House Small Symphony Orchestra directed by János Petró,
1962 The Town Council Symphony Orchestra and the youth orchestra of the music school unite as required by the resolution No. 383/1961 of the Board of Arbitration. Its news name is the Savaria Symphony Orchestra, its new conductor, taking office on 15 February 1962, is János Petró,
1964 The first performance of Mozart's The Magic Flute with the Savaria Symphony Orchestra along with soloists of the State Opera House and singers of the local Erkel Choir. Conductor: András Kórodi,
1965 The orchestra appears for the first time at the 1st National Festival of Symphony Orchestras. It gives a successful concert at the ceremonial hall of the City Council,
Iván Tibold, concert musician and new director and of the Béla Bartók Music School provides full support to the orchestra by every possible means,
1966 The first Hungarian premiere of Gluck's Iphigénie and Tauride,
1968 The ceremonial inauguration of the new four-storey building of the music school on 19 August,
1969 Owing to János Petró's valuable work done, the Savaria Symphony Orchestra finally becomes independent,
1971 The first radio recording in Austria, a concert in Graz, and the Szombathely debut of Mozart's Thamos, King of Egypt.,
1974 The Savaria Symphony Orchestra becomes and independent institution and a professional orchestra under director-general János Petró,
1975 The Bartók Concert Hall, with superb acoustics, is inaugurated. The orchestra performs its concerts, and holds its rehearsals here,
1977 The International Bartók Seminar moves from Budapest to Szombathely. It has been one of the major festivals organised in our town ever since. The demanding course for conductors relies heavily on the symphony orchestra,
1980 Szombathely hosts the selection for the Hungarian TV's International Competition for Conductors featuring the Savaria Symphony Orchestra,
The organ of the Bartók Hall is inaugurated,
1985 The International Bartók Seminar is expanded with a festival component under the guidance of Péter Eötvös,
1987 The orchestra receives a ministerial recognition,
1990 For its outstanding quality of artistic work, the Savaria Symphony Orchestra receives the Béla Bartók-Ditta Pásztory Award,
1992 Professor Dr. Ludovit Rajter is given the title "honorary conductor for life", by the Savaria Symphony Orchestra,
Principal conductor of the orchestra from this year is Irishman Robert Houlihan,
Director of the orchestra in the first half of the year is Antal Jancsovics, then for the next five years, organist Judit Hajdók,
1998 New director of the orchestra is clarinettist László Horváth,
1998 and 1999 has two conductors, Balázs Kocsár and Izaki Masahiro,
A new initiative, Savaria Interforum is launched providing an opportunity for young soloists to prove their talents,
1999 Izaki Masahiro is elected as artistic director and principal conductor of the orchestra,
  the orchestra celebrated its 25th anniversary,
2000 To celebrate the Hungarian Millennium, a National Symphony Orchestra festival is held in Szombathely between 14 March and 16 June,
2001 Pál Tamás is the orchestra's newly elected artistic director and principal conductor,
To reward the its remarkable success in performing and popularising Hungarian musical compositions, the orchestra is awarded the prize offered by the ARTISJUS Foundation of Music,
Director László Horváth rewards János Petró with the title of "founding conductor and president of the orchestra",
The orchestra goes on a two-week tour in France as part of the Hungarian Year of Culture and performs in Normandy, Tours and Aix en Provence,
2002 The orchestra appears in the Theatre of Vienna during the Festive Weeks of Vienna, featuring in Péter Eörvös' opera, The Three Sisters,
The orchestra tours in Italy with conductor Tamás Pál as the Festival Euro Mediterraneo.
2004 On the occasion of 'County-going' (Megyejárás) -in the National Theatre - the ensemble was granted the Pro Arte Hungarica price.
The ensemble celebrated the 30th anniversary of getting professional


Albert, István: Szombathely Concerto
Békefi, Antal (notes): The history of the Savaria Symphony Orchestra 1948 - 1970,
Bikárdi, László: The Concert Life of Szombathely after World War II, and the Role of the Philharmonic,
Dr. Ujváry, Ede: 25 years of Szombathely's Musical Life,
Horváth, Rezsõ: A Musical Mirror of Szombathely,
Szabó, Árpádné Szeder Gabriella: Szombathely's musical life after World War II with special attention to the history of the Szombathely Philharmonic Society and its legal successor, the Savaria Symphony Orchestra,
Articles from newspapers, journals and periodicals: Nyugatmagyarország, Szombathelyi Ujság, Vasmegyei Lapok, Vasmegyei Közlöny, Hír, Vasmegye, Vasvármegye, Vas Népe, Vasi Szemle, Életünk, Pesti Napló, Muzsika,
CD-ROM published to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Bartók Béla Music School,
Relevant documents of the Vas County Archvies, and the Berzsenyi CountyLibrary arranged by Tákyné, Lukinits Zsuzsanna.

LPs and CDs published:

Preiserrecords - Austria
Haydn: The Creation - oratorio
Soloists: M. Kyriaki, P. Baillie, R. Holl,
Featuring: Concert Choir Graz
Conductor: Alois J. Hochstrasser


Preiserrecords - Austria
Beethoven: Egmont - Overture, Liszt: Les Preludes
Conductor: János Petró
Brahms: Song of Destiny, Nänie
Featuring: Concert Choir Graz
Conductor: Alois J. Hochstrasser

Hungaroton SLPX 12007
Goldmark: Concerto for Violin in A Minor
Mendelssohn: Concerto for Violin in D Minor
Soloist: Albert Kocsis
Conductor: János Petró



Hungaroton SLPX 1190
Bizet: Symphony No.1 in C Major, L'Arlesienne Suite No.1
Conductor: János Petró




Hungaroton SLPX 11969
Pál Károlyi: Consolatio, Epilogus
Conductor: János Petró




Hungaroton HCD 12432-2
Soloist: Éva Bártfai-Barta - soprano
Featuring: Nicholas McGeagan - fortepiano
Conductor: János Petró



Hungaroton SLPX 12359
The Great Buffo Scenes - József Gregor
Conductor: Tamás Pál




Herkules Records ETST 034/035
Concerto for Violin in D Major op.61
Symphony No.7. in A Major op.92
Featuring: Albert Kocsis - violin
Conductor: János Petró


Hungaroton SLPX 12516
Kamilló Lendvay: The Harmony of Silence
Conductor: János Petró


Hungaroton SLPD 12893
John Cage: Thirty Pieces for Five Orchestras
László Tihanyi 1st orchestra
Dieter Kempe 2nd orchestra
Zsolt Serei 3rd orchestra
Katalin Doman 4th orchestra
Mark Foster 5th orchestra
Director of Music: Péter Eötvös


Hungaroton SLPX 12970
Miklós Sugár: Endeavours
Conductor: Miklós Sugár



Hungaroton SLPD 12989
Stravinsky: Les Noces - (The 1917 and 1923 versions)
Featuring: The Slovak Philharmonic Chorus
Conductor: Péter Eötvös




Hungaroton HCD 31289
Franck: Symphony in D Minor
Conductor: Peter Lücker



Hungaroton HCD 31360
Franck: Psyché
Franck: Symphonic Variations
Franck: Le chasseur maudit (The Accursed Huntsman)
Featuring: Christoph Lieske - piano
Conductor: Peter Lücker


Hungaroton HCD 31457
Clarinetto All'Ungharese
Weiner, Szervánszky, Hajdú, Veress
Featuring: László Horváth - clarinet
Conductor: Balázs Kocsár, János Petró


Clarinetto all'ungherese
Choral Ltd. DDD S 01
Dvorák: Slavonic Dance, op. 46/8
Tchaikovsky: Slavonic March, op. 31
Bizet: L'Arlesienne - Suite No.2
Dukas: L'Apprenti sorcier
Ponchielli: Dance of the Hours
Bartók: Dances of Transylvania
Potter: Finnegan's Wake
Sibelius: Finlandia
Conductor: Robert Houlihan

Hungaroton Classic HCD 31349
László Dubrovay: Triple Concerto for Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba and Orchestra
Featuring: György Geiger - trumpet,
Gusztáv Hõna - trombone,
József Bazsinka - tuba
Conductor: János Petró

CD 9701
Walter Franz: The dancing Jobe
Featuring: Syvia Khittl-Muhr - soprano,
Wolgang Schellenberg - baritone
The City Choir of Güssing, Cantus Felix Choir
Conductor: Walter Franz


Dynamic Extended Recording OEM 970210 - Live
Mendelssohn: Elias - oratorio
Chor des Evangelischen Musikgimnasiums Oberschützen,
Kantorei Oberschützen
Conductor: Erik Barnstedt



Hungaroton Classic HCD 31712
Violin Concerto
Concerto for two Violins and Orchestra op.127
Featuring: Orsolya Szokolay and L. Edvin Csûry
Conductor: Robert Houlihan



BCC Budapest BCC 34
Erkel: Festive Overture
Liszt: Les Preludes
Mozart: The Magic Flute - Overture
Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana - Intermezzo
Puccini: "Madama Butterfly" Largo di terzetto from the opera
Verdi: Overture from the opera "La forza del destino"
Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No.1 (1th and 4th movements)
Borodin: Polovtsian Dances from the opera "Prince Igor"
Conductor: Izaki Masahiro


Transylvanian Dances
Concerto for Clarinet
Symphony No.1
Featuring: László Horváth
Conductor: Tamás Pál


Miniatures pour orchestra op.53
Concerto for piano, strings and percussion op.60
Chant of the Creation - on a poem by Sándor Weöres
Featuring: Aima Maria Labra-Makk
Conductor: Tamás Pál


Bongiovanni GB 2377/78-2
Soloists: Beatrix Fodor, Bence Asztalos, Tibor Szappanos, Gabriella Gál,
Featuring: Mixed Choir of Berzsenyi Dániel College
(Choir manager: Adrienne Vinczeffy)
Conductor: Tamás Pál

Michael Haydn: Andromeda e Perseo


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