The Semmelweis University Medic Orchestra (Budapest, Hungary) was founded in 2008. Though primarily made up of Semmelweis University students, the formation also includes students from numerous other Hungarian universities, such as Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Corvinus University of Budapest, Budapest Business School, and Eötvös Loránd University).
The ensemble is lead by Gergely Dubóczky, who recently earned a diploma in conducting from the Liszt Ferenc University of Music. Predominately a symphony band, the group also performs as a chamber ensemble. The Medic Orchestra is a true staple at various university events, including the opening ceremony of the academic year, relief inaugurations, the annual Chistmas concert, various award ceremonies and formal dances; they additionally perform independent concerts throughout the year.
Semmelweis University Chamber Orchestra
The Chamber Orchestra of the Semmelweis University in Budapest treasures an almost 80-year-long history. In the late twenties, a Symphony Orchestra of doctors was founded and, until the Second World War, regular concerts of mostly grand romantic pieces were performed. Active music life at the Semmelweis Medical University was re-organized in the early sixties. The first ensemble was a Symphony Orchestra, involving professors and medical students. Following a few years of interruption, the current Semmelweis Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1968 under the excellent and dedicated leadership of Mr. László Tardy— also music director of the Matthias Church (Buda Castle, Budapest), recipient of the prestigious Liszt Award in 1994 and the Award of Hungarian Heritage in 2006. He has been the music director of the medical orchestra for almost four decades.
The orchestra comprises today about twenty string instruments with occasional additions of wind players.
Its mission has been to offer doctors and medical students a forum of high level non-professional music making. The orchestra gives the opportunity for the member students and doctors the enjoyment of sound master works of old and sometimes contemporary composers. Regular, weekly rehearsals enhance the musical level of the pieces as well the friendship between older and younger members. Some are faithful for several decades and feel music the most important activity after their profession
Even in this smaller format, professors and medical students play music side by side. The Orchestra is indeed a unique and democratic forum where, although in different levels of sophistication, a common language is “spoken,” a deeply spiritual communication is greatly enjoyed by young and old.
Besides the traditional two major concerts each year to its own faithful audience – the Orchestra offers several more programs to participant s of medical meetings. The orchestra is a regular and welcomed guest at medical congresses and important University celebrations, as well as in hospitals and various social events.
Having “partner orchestras” in Berlin — Musici Medici — and the Netherlands’s — Mozart Ensemble of Groningen — the Semmelweis Orchestra went on several European tours throughout the years: to Groningen in The Netherlands, to Oulu, Finland, Berlin Germany, and Graz, Austria, deepening the friendship with its sister-orchestras of several exchange programs.
The repertoire favors baroque and classical works as well as 20th century Hungarian music. Famous soloists often join the orchestra.