The Budapest-based trio dares to break the strict rules of classical music by combining it with the improvisational character of jazz. They take a piece of music, analyze it, then rearrange and refresh it with new ideas. Their vision and mission is to bring classical music closer to twenty-first-century audiences. First, they immerse jazz elements into it, and second, they immerse themselves into the audience, breaking down the wall between them. In this way, BACHSTAGE revives the idea of café-concerts.

Democratizing classical music does not mean demonizing it. Instead, BACHSTAGE intends to conserve the nucleus of the selected classical songs and revive them with jazz.

The balance of classical music and jazz is evident in the musical backgrounds of the band's three members. Olivér Kocsis (piano) is a jazz musician who lives and studies in Vienna and plays the major role in the arrangements. Gergely Bándi (guitar), who currently studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and Gábor Fánczi (doublebass) from Budapest identify themselves as classical musicians.

Founded in 2011, the young trio has already given concerts in Austria and Hungary – on stage as well as in a café-concert oriented style. Their first album, which was released in 2013, contains ten unique tracks that combine – each in another way – more than just the two above mentioned music genres, although classical music is always at the base.

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NameBachstage Founded2011
Home LocationBudapest, Hungary
Main languageHungarian Additional languages English,  German