The Anima Musicae Chamber Orchestra was founded in February 2010 by students of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, and the orchestra had its sold out debut concert on the 20th of June. Since its establishment the Anima Musicae Chamber Orchestra has performed in some of the most prominent venues, such as the Liszt Academy in Budapest, the Marble Hall of the Hungarian Radio, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Kodály Center in Pécs, the Teatro Verdi in Sardinia, Italy, and the Palacio de Congresos in Zaragoza, Spain.
While the orchestra regularly performs throughout Hungary, it has also built a notable international reputation by performing in Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Serbia.The ensemble has been a regular guest at the Budapest Spring Festival and the Ars Sacra Festival since 2011, and has participated at the Budapest Autumn Festival, the International Kodály Seminar, the Pécs Summer Academy and the “I grandi interpreti della Musica 2013” in Sassari, Italy.
In 2011, the ensemble won first prize in the category of “String Orchestra with outstanding success” at the 5th Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival, held in the Golden Hall of the Wiener Musikverein in Vienna. In 2012, the Anima Musicae Chamber Orchestra became the first musical ensemble to be awarded the Junior Prima Prize by Hungary`s Prima Primissima Foundation. In 2014, the orchestra finished in third place in the category of “Chamber Music” at the Torneo Internazionale di Musica, a competition in Paris that hosted more than three thousand musical ensembles. In 2015, the orchestra`s first album, featuring works by W. A. Mozart, was released by the Hungarian record label Hungaroton.
The orchestra has performed with such esteemed musicians as János Balázs, Kristóf Baráti, Leo Brouwer, Costas Cotsiolis, György Déri, Gábor Farkas, Zoltán Fejérvári, Sir James Galway, Giovanni Guzzo, Béla Horváth, Rita Kinka, Péter Kiss, Csaba Klenyán, János Lackfi, György Lakatos, Csaba Onczay, Polina Pasztircsák, Ferenc Rados, Ditta Rohmann, Imre Rohmann, János Rolla, Gyula Stuller, Izabella Simon, Vilmos Szabadi, Dénes Várjon, István Várdai, Tamás Vásáry, Andrea Vigh, Milan Vrsajkov and Klára Würtz. The ensemble also makes it its priority to promote and debut young musical talents.
The Anima Musicae Chamber Orchestra considers it its artistic duty to promote and perform contemporary Hungarian compositions. The orchestra has so far performed the works of the following Hungarian and international composers: Máté Gergely Balogh, Eugene Birman, József Bujtás, Ádám Cser, Marcell Dargay, Barnabás Dukay, Georgiou Notis, Bálint Karosi, Csanád Kedves, Viktor Molnár, Endre Olsvay, Pál Rózsa, Ivana Stefanović, Zsigmond Szathmáry, Péter Tornyai, Andárs Gábor Virágh, Máté Vizeli, Ákos Zarándy and Péter Zombola.
Awards: 2011: 5th Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival, Vienna, Austria – 1st prize2012: Junior Prima Prize, Hungary2014: Torneo Internazionale di Musica, Paris, France – 3rd prize (Category: Chamber Music)
Recordings:Anima Musicae Chamber Orchestra (debut) - Aviso Studio, 2013W. A. Mozart: Divertimenti, Eine kleine Nachtmusik - Hungaroton, 2014