Budapest Music Center
Budapest IX. Mátyás utca 8
How to get there?
There is a public garage in Mátyás utca in the building of Corvinus University.
by public transport
Trams 2, 47 and 49 or trolley 80 to Fővám tér, then walk through Pipa utca, Csarnok tér and Imre utca to Mátyás utca. BMC is on the corner of Imre and Mátyás streets.
Budapest Music Center (BMC) was founded by trombone player and academy professor László Gőz in 1996. Its main goal was to establish a music information centre which collects and makes information about Hungarian classical and jazz musicians and about contemporary compositions available world-wide. The constantly updated music database currently contains info about 3000 artists and 10500 compositions. The library, open to the general public free of charge, contains approx. 90 thousand books, notes, and records. Its traveling pavilion has for years popularized Hungarian music culture and musicians at 12 different events in Hungary and abroad. BMC launched the competition New Music Forum for young composers in 2008.
BMC has organized classical, contemporary and jazz events since 1997. Some of them, such as the week-long festival Kurtág 80, the Music Forum Expo electroacoustic festival, the New Series Festival, an event put on jointly by BMC and ECM Records, the series of CD-presentations by live concerts called BMC Music Flash Classic & Jazz, as well as the Budapest Jazz Festival, staged in the Ferencváros district over five days each year since 2003. BMC has also initiated a number of Hungarian contemporary and jazz events abroad, including those in Holland, Germany and most recently co-organizing the Extremely Hungary festival, particularly the appearances of György Kurtág in New York and Washington.
The main concert hall