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Budapest Festival 2020

Budapest Festival 2020

The many sides of Iván Fischer

‘Iván Fischer (born 20 January, 1951) is a Hungarian conductor and composer’, says Wikipedia. But many other labels can also be applied to Iván Fischer. This brilliant conductor of the Budapest Festival Orchestra is also a father: perhaps that is partly why he composed music to accompany a children's book. He is also an activist: thanks to his deep-rooted commitment, he regularly speaks out against social and political injustice. He is a career booster: via the Budapest Festival Orchestra, he helps to introduce new faces to classical music. Moreover, Iván Fischer brings music not just to concert halls, but also to schools, synagogues (he is Jewish), the countryside, and audiences that require a special approach: together with experts, he conceived, for instance, a concert for children with autism. ‘Iván Fischer is ‘again many’. And that will be highlighted during this edition.

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