About the Orchestra

What is FBFO?

The FBFO was formed to support the Orchestra’s work in the USA and across the world.

Supporters of the Foundation raise public awareness and financial support for the BFO and have the opportunity to build a closer relationship with the Orchestra both in the States and at home in Budapest.

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The Orchestra

The Orchestra

The Budapest Festival Orchestra is one of the international music scene’s major success stories, being rated among the top ten orchestras in the world.

Its key figure is Music Director Iván Fischer who was one of the Orchestra’s founding fathers. The BFO’s unique system works to encourage the artistic qualities of its musicians to blend together, forming an exquisitely homogenous orchestral sound.

Both audience and critics alike acknowledge the quality in the ensemble’s captivating chamber music performances, as well as the all-pervasive dynamism with which it shares the joy of music-making with the audience.

The orchestra is a regular guest at the world’s most important music venues and concert halls, including Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York, Vienna’s Musikverein, the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and London’s Royal Albert Hall. They have repeatedly been invited to perform at international music events such as the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Salzburger Festspiele or the Edinburgh International Festival.

Get to know Iván Fischer

Iván Fischer

Iván Fischer is the Music Director and a founder of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, while also fulfilling the role of Music Director at Berlin’s Konzerthaus and Konzerthausorchester.

His thirty-year-long partnership with the Budapest Festival Orchestra is one of the greatest success stories on the classical music scene. The BFO’s frequent worldwide tours as well as a series of critically-acclaimed and fast-selling records, released first by Philips Classics and later by Channel Classics, have contributed to Iván Fischer’s reputation as one of the world’s most successful orchestral directors.

Meet the board

Iván Fischer

Members of the Board

The Budapest Festival Orchestra (BFO) Board of Directors and its US partner organization, known as Friends of the Budapest Festival Orchestra (FBFO) consist of accomplished philanthropists, civic leaders, entrepreneurs, and corporate executives who share a passion for high quality music making by one of the world’s best orchestras.

They bring extensive experience, national representation, and diverse backgrounds to the Budapest Festival Orchestra. Serving as national and international ambassadors, they bring unique perspectives and experience to the board, providing key advice, counsel, and support to the orchestra’s senior leadership in the areas of outreach and education, communications and marketing, fundraising and nongovernmental revenue.

Members of the Board

Sylvia Hemingway

Stephen Angel

Ambassador Colleen Bell

Aaron Feinstein

Em Green

Kati Marton

Peter Thomas Roth

Laine Siklos

Stephanie Stokes

David Tobey


Daisy Soros
Director Emeritus


Iván Fischer
Founder and Music Director

Orsolya Erdődy
Managing Director

Kristina Spiropoulos
Executive Director
(American Friends Program)

Jonathan Marder
Public Relations 


Contact us

+1 (646) 854-3331


Friends of the Budapest Festival Orchestra
FDR Station
P.O. Box 1642
New York, NY 10150