The Dohnányi Orchestra Budafok (BDZ) is Hungary ’s most dynamic and versatile symphony orchestra. It is supported by the Budafok-Tétény Budapest 22nd District Municipality. It has become a professional orchestra in 1993, to gain recognition on the Hungarian and international music scene and become one of the top classical music ensembles in such a short period of time under the baton of Maestro Gábor Hollerung, Liszt Award winning conductor, Merit Artist of Hungary.
They worked with many of the greatest Hungarian and international artists, including Shlomo Mintz, Elena Bashkirova, Jaakko Ryhänen, Erika Miklósa, Andrea Rost, René Barbera, Pietro Spagnoli, Bruno de Simone, José Carreras, Andrea Bocelli, Rivka Golani, Roberto Paternostro, Jörg Peter Weigle, Michael Stern, Tatjana Vassilieva, Zoltán Kocsis, Jenő Jandó, Dezső Ránki, Gergely Bogányi, János Balázs, Paul Huang, Tamás Pálfalvi, Kristóf Baráti, Barnabás Kelemen among others.
In January, 2018 the internationally renowned Austro-Italian conductor, Guido Mancusi took the position of Principal Guest Conductor at BDZ, and Levente Gyöngyösi, one of the most outstanding young, 21st century composers, was engaged as the resident composer of the orchestra.
They run two abonnements at the Liszt Academy of Music and one at the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall in MÜPA Budapest.
The latter has been running for six years now as a coproduction between BDZ and MÜPA. The highly popular four-part series called „Music+” goes far beyond the frames of a regular concert, combining music with various branches of performing and visual arts.
Thus, beside the traditional symphonic and oratorio repertoire BDZ’s creative team has staged a great number of productions with some of the most outstanding Hungarian choreographers and dance ensembles (Szeged Contemporary Ballet, Yvette Bozsik Company, Feledi Project, Forte Danse, Coincidance, Central Europe Dance Theatre etc.).
Every season they present a scenic production (Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, Bizet: Carmen, Verdi: Don Carlos, Orff: Carmina burana, Kodály: The Spinning Room, Honegger: Jean d’Arc, Berlioz: The Damnation of Faust, Offenbach: Orpheus in the Underworld, Rossini: The Barber of Sevilla, Beethoven: Fidelio). Their staged performance of Bach’s St John’s Passion enjoyed a particularly remarkable success in 2016.