Palace of Arts - Bela Bartok Concert Hall
Concert Halls/Arenas, Concert Hall, Performing Arts Centre
Komor Marcell street 1., Budapest, Hungary
+36 1 555-3001
The National Concert Hall is located in the heart of the new Palace of Arts and has the dimensions of a Gothic cathedral. The world class acoustics are the work of the distinguished ARTEC firm (New York), led by Russell Johnson. Their work in creating concert halls and opera houses in countries all over the globe has been widely praised and acknowledged by performers and audiences alike.

The auditorium of the National Concert Hall accommodates a maximum of 1699 people and 130 podium seats can be added by chamber concerts. For students there are 136 standing places on the side galleries in the second and third floor.

The orchestra podium is located in the open auditorium, with mobile units facilitating the creation of three different stage sizes and an orchestra pit if required. The acoustic canopies over the concert podium serve to create the appropriate acoustics for a performance, as are the reverberant chambers which surround the inner space if their doors are opened. György Jovánovics's plastic sculptures are not only decorative but were created to contribute to the sound quality.

The state-of-the-art audio visual system is suitable to achieve unique light effects, sound recordings and film projections. CD and DVD professional recordings can be made in the studio adjoining the hall.

In spring 2006, the "queen" of the instruments, a new concert organ, took her place in the Béla Bartók Concert Hall. This magnificent instrument, with its 92 registers and 5 manuals, was under construction for thirteen months, involving some sixty expert professionals. The largest pipes were put in place during the initial construction phase of the hall, itself a world first. Made from the finest materials, this instrument matches the strictest guarantee conditions, and its tonal stability is ensured by a ten month tuning period as well as a specially constructed air conditioning system.
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