MODERN ART ORCHESTRA CONCERT AT THE LISZT ACADEMY, BUDAPEST 18/12/2015
PHOTO: BÉLA SZALÓKY

MODERN ART ORCHESTRA

From Bartok’s Homeland

Lively, snappy, intuitive and captivating. The symphonic lineup of Modern Art Orchestra is a unique musical formation, not only in the Hungarian music scene. Since its forming in 2005, Modern Art Orchestra has been a melting pot for the artistry of highly qualified young musicians in Hungary’s classical music and jazz scene. Founder and director of the band, Hungary’s leading trumpeter Kornél Fekete-Kovács established the first line of musicians with the dream of operating a contemporary orchestra which would focus on playing compositions by some of the best contemporary creative musicians of the country. Through its first years of activity, Modern Art Orchestra received masterpieces from composers like Péter Eötvös. But at that level, the career had only begun.

Since the first chapter of its story, MAO has gained the status of an internationally renowned orchestra that is engaged in many genres of music including jazz, pop, classical or contemporary ensemble. It has had countless successful projects together with the world’s leading musicians from Bob Mintzer, Dave Liebman or Wallace Roney through Rhoda Scott, Julian Joseph, Erika Miklósa, Mike Garson or Silje Neergard to Mezzoforte, New York Voices or Harlem Gospel Choir – just to name a few. Modern Art Orchestra is also proud of the engagement with one of the doyens of the world’s film music: Ennio Morricone who had chosen our orchestra for his world tour in 2014. The concert series took place in 12 cities throughout Europe from Paris to Berlin, Vienna, Prague, Brussels or Amsterdam. Last year MAO had a 6 part concert tour in the United States. This year we organized a European Tour and we had our first concert ever in Israel.

Modern Art Orchestra’s repertory contains more than 25 hours of music uniquely composed for, dedicated to and premiered by the orchestra. It began its career with being a crossover formation that plays mostly contemporary compositions, and provides stage appearance to young performing talents thus being a creative artistic workshop for a handful of carefully chosen young musicians. Now after over ten years of its ambitious activity, the band has gained its status as a creative ensemble with fresh and unique style that is sought after by many of the world’s leading artists as an accompanying partner to their latest projects.

What Our Guests and Partners Say’s.

    Here, we are talking about the culture of the sound, if you understand what I mean. The quality of the ears and hearing. we don’t walk around with two sponges on our heads. So it is very important for us in Hungary what Kornél Fekete-Kovács is doing with the Modern Art Orchestra!” – Péter Eötvös

    I immensely enjoyed my recording with the orchestra. The music was challenging and the musician’s professionalism was inspiring. The Hungarian culture is steeped in great music and this group continues this grand tradition.” – Dave Liebman

    To my ears this is the music of the future, where different worlds collide and create something quite fresh and adventurous.” – Bob Mintzer

    The Modern Art Orchestra was a pure pleasure to perform with. Totally professional, eager to perform and a wonderfully inspired sound. All four concerts were remarkable. I look forward to returning in a few years.”  – Mike Garson

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