Beethoven Festival

The symphonies of Beethoven have long been regarded as the ultimate masterpieces – not the standard compositions, however, for chamber music ensembles. When these pieces were composed, there was no possibility to listen to recorded music, hence if you wanted to listen to a composition you either had to go to a concert, or had to play one of the contemporary transcriptions (mostly reductions for piano) typically performed in the salons of the bourgeoisie. The transcribers were mostly students and admirers of Beethoven, creating their versions typically not long after the first performance of a piece.

In this festival hosted joint by CEU and the Liszt Academy we plan to perform all of the symphonies, with each one transcribed by a different person for a different combination of instruments.


1st Symphony – String Quartet (K. Zulehrer, 1828)
Katalin Farkas – violin , Péter Surján – violin, Péter Tornyai – viola, Tamás Zétényi – cello

2nd Symphony – Piano Trio (Beethoven?, 1806)
Irina Gintova – violin, Wojtek Fudala – cello, Zoltán Fejérvári – piano

3rd Symphony – Piano Quartet (F. Ries, 1870)
Ernő Kállai – violin, Péter Tornyai – viola, Tamás Zétényi – cello József Balog – piano

4th Symphony – Flute Quartet (J. N. Hummel, ca. 1830)
Máté Bán – flute, Péter Tornyai – viola, Tamás Zétényi – cello, István Lajkó – piano

5th Symphony – Piano Four Hands, violin, cello (C. Burchard, ca. 1870)
Domonkos CsabayKristóf Szőcs – piano, Katalin Farkas – violin, Tamás Zétényi – cello

6th Symphony – String Sextett (M. G. Fischer, 1810)
Rondó Kvartett (Áron Dóczi, Dávid Pintér – violin, Péter Tornyai – viola, Orsolya Mód – cello), Dénes Ludmány – viola, Tamás Zétényi – cello

7th Symphony – String Quintet (anonymus, 1816)
Classicus Quartet (József Rácz, Réka Baksai – violin, Péter Tornyai – viola, Tamás Zétényi – cello), György Konrád – viola

8th Symphony – Piano Four Hands (W. Meves 1890)
József BalogJános Palojtay – piano

9th Symphony – Two Piano, Eight Hands (Th. Kirchner, ca. 1880)
András KemenesDomonkos CsabayImre DaniAndrás Németh – piano