The Anima Musicae Chamber Orchestra was established in 2010 by students of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. Its debut was held on the 20th of June and it was an immediate sell-out success.
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 and the Teatro Verdi in Sardinia, Italy. The orchestra has performed in numerous Hungarian towns, such as Békéscsaba, Kecskemét, Pannonhalma, Sümeg, Szeged, and Üllő, and is regularly invited to Győr, Pécs, the Brunswick Castle in Martonvásár and the Miszla Castle. Vas County`s Gyanógeregye hosts Anima Musicae`s summer masterclass each year. The concerts performed as part of the orchestra`s masterclass series are now considered an integral part of the region`s artistic scenery. The Anima Musicae Chamber Orchestra has been a regular guest at the Budapest Spring Festival and the Ars Sacra Festival, 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. The orchestra has also built a notable international reputation through its performances in France, Italy, Austria and Germany.
In 2011 the ensemble won 1st prize in the category of “String Orchestra with outstanding success” at the 5th Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival, which was 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 3rd in the category of “Chamber Music” at the Torneo Internazionale di Musica, a competition in Paris which 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.
Based in the Óbudai Társaskör, the Anima Musicae Chamber Orchestra began its annual three-part concert series in 2011. The initiative was immediately met with the warm response of the younger generation. Obliging to numerous invitations, the ensemble had the privilege of performing at prestigious venues in Budapest, such as Nádor Hall, Festetics Palace, Hilton Budapest, Galeria Centralis, TETŐ Gallery and Stefánia Palace.
The orchestra has performed with such esteemed musicians as Kristóf Baráti, György Déri, Zoltán Fejérvári, Sir James Galway, Béla Horváth, Péter Kiss, Csaba Klenyán, János Lackfi, Csaba Onczay, Polina Pasztircsák, Ferenc Rados, Ditta Rohmann, Imre Rohmann, János Rolla, Gyula Stuller, Izabella Simon, Dénes Várjon, István Várdai, Tamás Vásáry and Andrea Vigh. The Anima Musicae Chamber Orchestra proudly takes it upon itself to promote and debut young musical talents with Dávid Bali, Máté Hamar, Tamás Pálfalvi, Anasztázia Razvaljajeva, Bálint Tóth, Zsuzsanna Tóth, and the Góbé Band listed among its protégés.
The ensemble cultivates a strong professional relationship with Soma Dinyés, who serves as an essential guide to the orchestra with his expertise in the Baroque performance style, and Anima Musicae has the privilege of frequently accompanying renowned violin soloist Kristóf Baráti in debuting pieces that have been dedicated to him by composer Barnabás Dukay.
The Anima Musicae Chamber Orchestra considers it its artistic duty to promote and perform contemporary Hungarian compositions, and many of these modern pieces have made their way into the ensemble`s core repertoire. The orchestra has so far performed the works of Máté Gergely Balogh, József Bujtás, Marcell Dargay, Barnabás Dukay, Georgiou Notis, Bálint Karosi, Viktor Molnár, Endre Olsvay, Ivana Stefanovic, Zsigmond Szathmáry, Péter Tornyai, Máté Vizeli, Ákos Zarándy and Péter Zombola.
In the fall of 2013 the orchestra launched a workshop that focuses on contemporary music, and composer Péter Tornyai was asked to preside over this initiative. The aim of this workshop is to promote contemporary music by making music more accessible and comprehensible to audiences through the means of illustrative discussions, thus prompting further engagement and popularizing the genre.