The Dohnányi Orchestra, the youngest professional orchestra in Hungary, was founded as a youth orchestra in 1970. It bears the name of the world famous Hungarian composer and conductor, Ernő Dohnányi (1877‐1960). In recent years, its role in Hungarian musical life is becoming increasingly significant, with appearances in all notable Hungarian concert halls as well as major festivals. The orchestra lays great emphasis on less frequently heard masterpieces of music literature, particularly those of the 20th century and of Hungarian contemporary composers. Several years ago, the orchestra dedicated itself to foremost scenic cantatas and oratorios on the initiative of its conductor, Gábor Hollerung, who has led the orchestra since 1989.