New Year’s Virtuoso Concert at the Academy of Music 1 January, 2016
With the good intention to create tradition, the Virtuoso Production welcomed New Year on 1 January 2016 with a gala concert: in an elegant, old concert hall, home to classical music, they awaited fans who were ready to join them to celebrate the first day of 2016 together with the great hopes of the future and their masters with a genuine musical treat. Their two most significant sponsors, celebrated stars of the world’s opera stages, Erika Miklósa and Levente Molnár came on stage with the youth at the concert. Ivett Gyöngyösi and Dániel Ali Lugosi, winners of the young adult and teenager categories, played pieces not yet heard, and the audience could also meet the charming harp-player from Szeged, Bianka Szauer, as well as the young master of the accordion, Mihály Demeniv. Winner of the small children category, Misi Boros was unable to participate in the concert, as at that time he was pleasing the audience in Japan.
The internationally renowned Symphonic Orchestra of Radio Hungary also performed at the concert: they accompanied the participants of the night, conducted by the Kossuth Award winner János Kovács. The creative director of the programme was musicologist Dr András Batta, former rector of the Academy of Music. The frequently played and especially popular pieces of New Year concerts, including Mozart’s Champagne Aria from the Don Giovanni, or Vivaldi’s Winter, could not be left out of the program edited by him, but the compositions of Bartók, Chopin and Verdi were also staged in this compelling program.
Tickets to the concert were sold within two weeks. The audience included outstanding personalities of Hungarian public life. From the presidential box, the performance was witnessed by Dr János Áder, President of the Republic, and his wife, Anita Herczeg, patron-in-chief of Virtuosos. At the end of the concert, the audience gave a standing ovation to the participants, while nearly one million spectators joined the program in front of the television sets.