On 7 February, 2019, the Hungarian composer Péter Eötvös brought his new work for the orchestra, Multiversum, to London for its UK premiere here at Southbank Centre. Ahead of this performance the Philharmonia Orchestra – who co-commissioned Multiversum – sent their Principal Second Violin Tamás Sándor to meet Eötvös in the city they both call home, Budapest.
In this video Sándor takes us on a tour of the Hungarian capital to offer an insight into the country’s classical music history, before travelling to interview Eötvös at his home. In a fascinating conversation with Sándor the composer tells about his experience in war-torn Dresden and his route into music, studying first at the Music Academy of Budapest under Zoltán Kodály and then in Cologne under Stockhausen. Eötvös also discusses the background to his new piece, and how he brings its themes to life through its performance.
Multiversum was performed live by the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Eötvös, at Southbank Centre on Thursday 7 February.
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