According to the Bachtrack British classical event finder website’s statistics, seven Hungarian musicians were among the artists who performed the most in 2016. Moreover, the Hungarian State Opera became the world’s busiest opera house with 305 performances, overtaking even the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, reports.

Bachtrack, the largest classical event finder has published their annual musical statistics on the most sought-after musicians and singers, the busiest opera and ballet companies, the most popular composers, and the changing musical trends of 2016, based on more than 32 thousand classical events held last year.

Based on the data, the world’s most sought-after cellist in 2016 was 31-year-old István Várdai, who overtook the French Gautier Capucon, the Norwegian Truls Mork, and the Argentinean Sol Gabetta.

István Várdai. Photo:

On the list of the busiest pianists of the year, Dénes Várjon came 3rd and Grammy Award-winning Hungarian-born British pianist András Schiff came 7th. Among the violinists, Kristóf Baráti became the 6th most sought-after musician of the year.

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Composers who celebrated an anniversary last year got ahead on the list. The Hungarian György Kurtág, who celebrated his 90th birthday in 2016, became the 4th most sought-after contemporary composer of the year.

György Kurtág. Photo:

The Hungarian State Opera became the busiest opera house in 2016 with the highest number of performances in the world. Two members of the Opera also featured in the statistics: Krisztián Cser came 7th on the list of the busiest basses, and András Kiss was 5th among the top 10 baritones, a list which was led by none other than Plácido Domingo.

Based on the amount of ballet performances given in 2016, the Hungarian National Ballet became the 6th busiest dance company in the world, overtaking the likes of the Bolshoi Ballet and the English National Ballet.

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