(The Weiner-Szász Orchestra)

The BCS was established in 1992 in order to cultivate the best Hungarian tradition in making chamber music. Its artistic principles are based on the legacy of Leo Weiner and Jozsef Szasz, its standard repertoire on the oeuvre of Bartók, Britten, Haydn, Mozart, Stravinsky, Vivaldi and Weiner. The BCS gave the Hungarian premiere of several works, ranging from Baroque to contemporary.

It represented Hungary on many occasions, appeared in Austria, Brazil, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Thailand, performed for the King of Spain, and the Emperor of Japan. Hungary’s admission to European Union was officially celebrated by the orchestra’s concerts in Athens and Madrid. BCS opened the Days of Hungarian Culture in Rotterdam, in Venice, and closed the international music week of Europa Musicale in Budapest.

Its media sponsor is Hungarian Radio which regularly broadcasts the orchestra's concerts and recordings, and distributes these via European Broadcasting Union's program exchange. The BCS's recordings were released under the BMC, Echiquier, Gramy, Hungaroton, Mega Records and Tibor Varga Collection labels.

The BCS have worked with such outstanding musicians as Mario Caroli, Peter Csaba, Isabelle Faust, Simone Fontanelli, Kim Kashkashian, Cyprien Katsaris, Andras Keller, Zoltan Kocsis, Alexander Lonquich, Elsbeth Moser, Miklos Perenyi, Jean-Marc Phillips Varjabedian, Victor Pikayzen, Thomas Riebl, Andrea Rost, Gyorgy Sebok, Janos Starker, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Sandor Vegh, Cantemus Mixed Choir, Vienna Boys Choir, Trio Wanderer - Paris.

Its concert activity is directed by an artistic board whose members are: Judit Reger-Szasz – founding president, Imre Rohmann – pianist and conductor (Mozarteum, Salzburg), Spartakus Juniki and Peter Somogyi – leaders, Mihaly Szilagyi – artistic manager.

The BCS is operated by the Weiner-Szasz Foundation, a public benefit organization attracting sponsorship, tender and donation sums. Under its direction the orchestra participates in concert, educational and charity projects.

Currently the orchestra runs two major concert series:
Haydn’s Name Symphonies, a 30 part series recorded by Hungarian Radio
Literature Inspired Music, a club concert series

Main Sponsor of the Orchestra: Samsung Electronics Hungarian Co.
Regular Sponsors: Ministry of Culture and Education, National Cultural Fund, City of Budapest, Hungarian Development Bank, Leo Weiner Foundation
Media Sponsor: Hungarian Radio


Judit Reger-Szasz – founding president
Professor of educational practice with the Liszt Academy of Music, and of violin with the Jozsefvaros Music School. Co-author of the Violin ABC, a methodology book used worldwide whose preface was written by Yehudi Menuhin. She is honoured by the prestigious Kodaly, Pro Urbe, and Apaczai Csere prizes.

Imre Rohmann – pianist & conductor
Winner of the Bloomington Chamber Music Competition. Studied piano in Budapest, and conducting in Vienna at the respective Music Academies. Since 1990 he is professor of piano with the Mozart Academy in Salzburg. His CDs appeared under the Denon, EMI, and Hungaro­ton labels.

Peter Somogyi – orchestra leader
Winner of the special prize at the Sion Violin Competition of Switzerland, and of the grand prix at the Hubay Violin Competition. Received scholarship from the Rubin Academy (prof. Vera Vaidman) and participated in master classes by Elizaveta Gilels, Ruggiero Ricci and Isaac Stern. In 1995/96 he was teaching violin in Seoul.

Mihaly Szilagyi – artistic manager
Acquired experience by working with the Budapest State Opera, Hungarian Radio, and IMG Artists. Several music compositions received their Hungarian premiere on his initiative. Concert programming and translation of music books (by Barenboim and Said, Lebrecht, Schonberg) are also in his sphere of activity.

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