Eszter - profile

Eszter Magyar

Education and Outreach Manager

When and where did you first see the MCO in concert?

September 2014, the season opening concert at the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg when I started my internship at the Elbphilharmonie. It was actually two concerts, both with Leif Ove Andsnes who played all of the Beethoven piano concertos with the MCO.

What do you find inspiring about your job?

Working with all of these different people from different countries, with different backgrounds and approaches, sharing a passion for music, exchanging ideas, creating something together, learning from each other (I also learn a lot from the kids and their teachers I get to work with!). Being a part of something much bigger than just me.

What makes a “perfect” concert?

It must be some kind of magic, I have no other explanation for it. It’s the music that challenges me emotionally and intellectually and this inexplicable tension the musicians share with the audience. I know it was a perfect concert when I can’t stop smiling after it.

The first piece of music you fell in love with:

I tend to fall in love with music on a daily basis so I don’t really know. But my parents had – among others – a mixtape of classical music with some favourites of theirs, which we listened to a lot while driving to Austria for our annual ski holiday, and I remember how much I liked the famous Boccherini Minuet. Another piece I loved was the Fox Dance (Rókatánc) by Leó Weiner, the greatest hit of all time for my music school string orchestra.

Which are your Desert Island Discs?

Definitely Verdi’s Requiem with Claudio Abbado and the Berliner Philharmoniker from 2001. The piece is one of my all-time favourites: dramatic, epic but also very human at the same time, and this interpretation is somehow very special for me. Every time I listen to it I’m completely overwhelmed by the emotions it generates in me.

And probably Norah Jones.


Born in Budapest, Eszter grew up singing, playing the violin and percussion, spending much of her spare time in choirs and orchestras and going to countless concerts. By the time she graduated from high school the idea of her future profession changed from pilot to “something with music and this something has since turned out to be education and outreach – and she has also made an old dream come true by starting to play the cello.

While studying musicology and culture and media management in Budapest and Hamburg, Eszter gained practical experience at Concerto Budapest, Biro Music Management and at the Elbphilharmonie. After finishing her studies she worked at The Young ClassX, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and Nikolaisaal Potsdam, organizing education projects and pursuing her vision of making as many people as possible fall in love with music.