Hungarian Conductor to Hold Concerts in Korea for Danube Tragedy Victims

  • By Shon Jin-seok

    June 11, 2019 10:49

    Iván Fischer /Courtesy of Vincero

    World-famous Hungarian conductor Iván Fischer will hold a series of concerts in Korea in tribute to the victims of the pleasure boat that sank in the Danube River in Budapest late last month.

    The Hableány sank with 33 Korean passengers and two Hungarian crew aboard, when it capsized. Seven of the Korean passengers were rescued, and as of Monday, 19 were confirmed dead and seven are still missing.

    "I heard with great sadness the news of the grave accident on the Danube River. On the 21st of June, the Budapest Festival Orchestra and I will travel to [Korea] and we will hold a memorial concert in honor of those who lost their lives in this horrible accident," the maestro said in a video uploaded on his Facebook page last week. "I hope that the family members of the victims to whom I would like to express my deepest condolences can attend the memorial concert. With this event, we would like to express the sympathy and sadness of people in Budapest and in Hungary."

    Born in Budapest to a musical family, Fischer came into the spotlight after he won the Rupert Foundation conducting competition in London in 1976. He went on to build a career as a guest conductor for prestigious orchestras around the world including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic.

    He formed the Budapest Festival Orchestra in 1983. Consisting of young Hungarian musicians, it now constitutes one of the world's acclaimed orchestras.

    Fischer and his orchestra team will hold concerts from June 24 to 28, traveling to four cities -- Seoul, Busan, Daegu and Daejeon. Korean piano prodigy Cho Seong-jin will also join the concerts.

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