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Hungarian Musicians Among the World’s Most Sought-After Performers

By Fanni Kaszás // 2018.01.15.

Each January, the world’s largest classical music database, Bachtrack, publishes statistics for the previous year. The website has released its statistics for 2017, based on 32,000 events; interestingly, we can find several Hungarian names in prominent positions on this year’s list.

Based on  statistics from 17,741 concerts, 10,076 operas and 4,045 dance performances, Mozart was the most popular composer of the year, closely followed by Beethoven and Bach. The most popular contemporary composer was the Estonian Arvo Pärt. John Williams made the third place on the list, although statistics excluded his movie scores, which may have changed the order.

The most popular opera was Mozart’s Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte), with 361 performances worldwide, followed by La Traviata (Verdi) and Carmen (Bizet). The list of ballet performances is led by the popular Christmas favorite, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. According to the statistics, two of Béla Bartók’s works (Miraculous Mandarin: suite and Concerto for Orchestra) have gone up in popularity. The busiest orchestra, not surprisingly, was the New York Philharmonic, while the Hungarian State Opera came first on the list of the busiest opera houses with 239 performances last year.

Hungary can be proud of its musicians: pianist Dénes Várjon and cellist István Várdai are both at the top of the lists for their respective instruments, with 64 and 75 concerts last year, ahead of other world-renowned musicians like pianists Daniil Trifonov and Yuja Wang, and cellist Truls Mørk. Sir András Schiff, the Grammy winner and Hungarian-born British pianist, tied for the 4th and 5th spots on the list. There is a Hungarian musician on the list of violinists as well: Kristóf Baráti follows Leonidas Kavakos, Ray Chen, Joshua Bell, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Christian Tetzlaff with 40 concerts in 2017.

Busiest performers in 2017:

Cellists
1. István Várdai
2. Truls Mørk
3. Gautier Capuçon
4. Sol Gabetta
5. Daniel Müller-Schott
6. Jean-Guihen Queyras
7. Steven Isserlis
8. Johannes Moser
9. Alisa Weilerstein
10. Alice Neary

Pianist
1. Dénes Várjon
2-3. Daniil Trifonov és Yuja Wang
4-5. Leif Ove Andsnes és András Schiff
6. Emanuel Ax
7. Denis Kozhukhin
8. Jean-Yves Thibaudet
9. Pierre-Laurent Aimard
10.Kirill Gerstein

Violinists
1. Leonidas Kavakos
2. Ray Chen
3. Nicola Benedetti
4-5. Joshua Bell és Anne-Sophie Mutter
6-7. Baiba Skride és Christian Tetzlaff
8-11. James Ehnes, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Gil Shaham és Kristóf Baráti

Opera Houses
1. Hungarian State Opera (239)
2. Wiener Staatsoper (220)
3. Metropolitan Opera (209)
4. Opéra de Paris (206)
5. Opera Australia (199)
6. Mariinsky Opera (193)
7. Bayerische Staatsoper (170)
8. Bolshoi Opera (167)
9. Zurich Opera (161)
10. Oper Frankfurt (160)

via Bachtrack, Fidelio

featured image: Dénes Várjon (piano), István Várdai (cello) and Kristóf Baráti (violin). photo: Fidelio