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Symphony orchestras “in their present form have only a few more decades left”

Conductor Iván Fischer has claimed that the symphony orchestra in general will cease to exist inside the next 30 years. Fischer, founder and conductor of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, made the comments in an interview with The Times last week, he continued: “Their financing is already a vulnerability. Will American-style civic pride or the goodwill of European politicians really be enough to feed these large beasts that are basically the same now as they were a century ago?” “I would welcome a more flexible musical family that could adapt its size and resources to what different composers and audiences required.”