New CEU Auditorium Opens to Public with Concert of Kodaly and Bartok Pieces

CEU’s new auditorium in Nador utca 15 hosted its first public concert on September 27. The free event featured the University’s residents artists and their Classicus Quartet. Jozsef Racz, Reka Baksai (violin), Peter Tornyai (viola) and Tamas Zetenyi (cello), played Zoltan Kodaly’s Sonata for Solo Cello and Bela Bartok’s String Quartet No. 1.

Classicus Ensemble – artists-in-residence at CEU – consists of three talented young Hungarian musicians (Zoltan Fejervari – piano, Peter Tornyai – violin, viola, Tamas Zetenyi – cello), who played their first concert together in late 2009 at the Liszt Academy. Since then they have performed in Hungary and abroad, including prestigious competitions, a live broadcast on the Hungarian National Radio and a series of concerts in New York. Since September 2011, they have given eight concerts at CEU every academic year. They regularly invite their young colleagues to cooperate with, in this way CEU supports a whole generation of young Hungarian musicians.

The new auditorium facing Nador street seats 400, more than doubles the size of CEU’s previous auditorium. The room can be divided into two separate, acoustically sound rooms for conferences or performances and also offers video and broadcasting technology as well as stage lighting and a backstage area for arts productions.