Hungary and Finland will renew their ancient connections at the Palace of Arts on Monday, when the celebrated Finnish concert organist Kalevi Kiviniemi and Hungarian harpist Andrea Vígh will give a joint concert.
Kiviniemi will play evergreen classics such as Sibelius’s Finlandia and the Tchaikovsky-Kühne work Fantasy on Themes from Onegin, but with a twist, as he uses his own arrangements and transcriptions. Concert goers can also look forward to improvisations from Kiviniemi, alongside pieces by C. Franck, Saint-Sans and Ferenc Liszt. The 58-year-old Finn has enjoyed a remarkable career, in which he has made more than 100 recordings and played all over Europe and in Russia, Japan, the Philippines, Australia, and the United States. He also served as artistic director of the Lahti Organ Festival from 1991-2001. Liszt Prize-winner Vígh, meanwhile, is one of Hungary’s most prominent harpists, both as a soloist and as an orchestral musician. Vígh founded the Gódóllő International Harp Festival in 1999, and has acted as its artistic director ever since, while also finding time to appear at the Salzburg Festival.
Monday 18 May 7.30-10pm
Budapest Palace of Arts, Bartók Béla National Concert Hall, District IX,
Komor Marcell utca 1. Tel. (06-1) 555-3300 www.mupa.hu
Tickets: HUF 1,300- 4,800