The Budafok Dohnányi Orchestra (BDO) is Hungary’s most dynamic and versatile symphony orchestra. It is supported by the Municipality of Budafok-Tétény (22nd District of Budapest). It was turned into 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 a short time under the baton of Liszt Award winning conductor, Artist of Merit, Maestro Gábor Hollerung.
BDO has been able to perform with many of the greatest Hungarian and internationally acclaimed 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 and Barnabás Kelemen.
In January 2018 the internationally renowned Austro-Italian conductor, Guido Mancusi took the position of Principal Guest Conductor at BDO, and Levente Gyöngyösi, one of the most outstanding Hungarian contemporary composers, was contracted as Resident Composer of the orchestra.
Year after year, BDO proudly presents two concert series 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 co-production between BDO 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, BDO’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 BDO presents 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). The staged performance of Bach’s St John’s Passion was a remarkable success in 2016.