Artist database

This is the Artist Database of BMC, which includes information about composers, musicians, orchestras, choirs and groups that are either Hungarian or Hungarian by origin or live in Hungary, as well as information about releases recorded with them.

Sári József


Place of Birth
Date of Birth

23 June 1935 Lenti

He completed his maturity exam in 1953. Between 1954 and 1962 he studied at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, where he was pupil of Endre Szervánszky (composing) and Zoltán Vásárhelyi (conducting). After 1962 he was music teacher, piano accompanist, conductor of chamber orchestras, besides contributor to concerts and documentaries.

Between 1971 and 1984 he lived in the FRG and worked as private teacher and freelance composer. As conductor and pianist he often played his own works. From 1984 he taught music theory in the Béla Bartók Secondary School for Music and at the Liszt Ferenc Academy ofMusic. Between 1992 and 1997 he was also head of the music theory department there. He habilitated in 1997 at the Academy and until 2001 he was chairman of the Master Board here (DLA). From 1997 he worked as contemporary music lector of the Hungarian Radio for ten years.

Since 1998 he’s been full member of the Széchenyi Academy for Literature and Arts. The premier of his opera Sonnenfinsternis, requested by the Theater of Pforzheim, was held in Pforzheim (2000). In 2000/2001 he was scholarship holder of the International Artists’ House Villa Concordia in Bamberg. He was guest professor of the composing master course at the Summer Academy of Universität für Musik Wien (Reichenau, 2001).

His orchestral piece Leoniden – request of the Giessen Theatre Orchestra – was presented in 2004. He was invited as guest composer to the Kornsholm Music Festival in 2005 and composed his work Kornsholm Concertino just for this occasion. The same year he celebrated his seventieth birthday, so his works were played on many concerts in Budapest and in Kecskemét. His opera Der Hutmacher was presented 2008 in Regensburg, Germany.

Throughout his career, József Sári was awarded many times. He received the Internationaler Arbeitkreis für Musik Prize in Kassel (1984), the Bärenreiter Hausmusik Prize – also in Kassel (1985), the Erkel Prize (1991), the Bartók-Pásztory Award (1995, 2005), the title Merited Artist (1998), the Artisjus Prize for Sonnenfinsternis – four orchestral comments (2004) and Novellette No.4/b (2015) and the Kossuth Prize (2009).
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
1987 Flowers, Chants, Hymn, Plays and Games for Cimbalom Hungaroton SLPX 12755 LP
1997 Kortárs magyar zene fagottra és zongorára
(Contemporary Hungarian Music for Basson and Piano)
Hungaroton HCD 31725
1997 Sári József: Időmalom No.2; Elidegenített idézetek; Búcsú Glenn Gouldtól; Ballada; Attribútumok; Négy invenció; Concertino
(Sári, József: The Mill of Time No.2; Verfremdete Zitate; Farewell to Glenn Gouldtól; Ballad; Attributes; Four Inventions; Concertino)
Hungaroton HCD 31715 Own
1998 Kortárs liturgikus magyar zene
(Contemporary Hungarian Lithurgic Music)
Hungaroton HCD 31770
1999 Sári József: Láncolatok
(Sári, József: Convergences)
BMC Records BMC CD 019 Own
1999 Sári József: Időmalom -avagy a kánon művészete
(Sári, József: Mill of Time - or the Art of Canon)
Fonó Records FA-053-2 Own
1999 Sári József: Kérdések Hillélhez
(Sári, József: Questions to Hillel)
Hungaroton HCD 31857 Own
1999 Solos - XX. századi magyar kompozíciók szóló fuvolára
(20th C. Hungarian Works for Flute)
Hungaroton HCD 31785
1999 Kortárs magyar szerzők orgonaművei
(Hungarian Contemporary Organ Music)
Hungaroton HCD 31858
1999 Les Mysteres de la Naissance (A születés titkai)
(Les Mysteres de la Naissance (The Mysteries of Birth))
Hungaroton HCD 31766
2001 Kortárs magyar kórusművek
(Hungarian Contemporary Choral Works)
Hungaroton HCD 31956
2002 Kurtág, Szőllősy, Sáry, Serei, Sári, Gyöngyössy BMC Records BMC CD 074
2002 Dervistánc
(Dervish Dance)
BMC Records BMC CD 059
2004 Music Colors - Hungarian Contemporary Music (1989-2004) BMC HMIC BMC PCD 015 Not for sale - only for promotion
2005 Hőna Gusztáv - Ajánlások
(Gusztáv Hőna - Dedications)
Hungaroton HCD 32298
Title Type Year non troppo Instrumental solo 1998
String Quartet Nr. 2 Chamber Music 0
3 Songs on Poems by Sándor Weöres Vocal music 0
5 Klangmodelle / Five Sound Patterns Chamber Music 1981
6 Bagatellen / 6 Bagatelles Instrumental solo 1976
6 Pezzi per Pianoforte / 6 Piano Pieces Instrumental solo 1958
The Dolphin´s Progress Instrumental solo 1992
A deo vocatus rite paratus - In memoriam Péter Esterházy Instrumental solo 2018
The Hatmaker Suite Symphony orchestra 2012
Die neun Zwerge / The nine Dwarfs Instrumental solo 1983
Acciaccature Instrumental solo 1971
Air Instrumental solo 0
Birdsong at Sunset Instrumental solo 2014
Alleluia Mixed choir 1993
Ananta Instrumental solo 1983
Apolog Chamber Music 2014
Arion´s Song Instrumental solo 1989
Attributes Chamber orchestra 1990
Ave Maria Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 2011
Axiom Chamber Music 1983
Ballad Chamber Music 1989
Benedictus es, Domine Mixed choir 1995
Bicinias Chamber Music 1983
Happy Birds Instrumental solo 2019
Farewell to Glenn Gould Chamber Music 1983
Capriccio disciplinato Chamber Music 1972
Con Spirito Symphony orchestra 1998
Concertino Symphony orchestra 1992
Concetto Instrumental solo 2019
Concordia Chamber Music 2003
Concordia Concerto 2000
Concordia /B/ Chamber Music 2003
Confabulation Instrumental solo 2014
Contemplazione Chamber Music 1970
Der Hutmacher / The Hatmaker Opera 2007
Diachronie Chamber Music 1994
Diaphonia Orchestral work 1971
Divertimento Orchestral work 1969
Divertimento sereno Concerto 2006
Transformations of Don Genaro Ensemble 1995
Dyaden Chamber Music 2000
To Echo Instrumental solo 1990
Verfremdete Zitate / Alienated Quotations Chamber Music 1982
I’m Leaving You All Vocal music 0
Elegy Instrumental solo 2005
Epigraph - in memoriam Zoltán Gyöngyössy Instrumental solo 2012
Episodi Instrumental solo 1968
Epistolae Chamber Music 0
Rain Female choir 1966
Fabella Nr. 1 Instrumental solo 2020
Fabella Nr. 2 Instrumental solo 2020
Fabula Instrumental solo 2009
Fanfare Chamber Music 1996
Fantasie Instrumental solo 2013
Notiz Instrumental solo 2015
Fiction !to be determined 0
Fidelis servus et prudens Mixed choir 2008
Fossilien / Fossils String orchestra 1974
Frag-ments Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 1982
Wind Qunitet Chamber Music 2020
The Awakening of Phoenix Chamber Music 1995
Gespräch mit Diogenes / Conversation with Diogenes Chamber orchestra 2006
Ghiribizzi Instrumental solo 1982
Glückliche Vogel Instrumental solo 2019
Morgendämmerung / Dawn Chamber Music 1994
Morgendämmerung / Dawn Chamber Music 2002
Six Epigrams Unspecified instrument(s) 1989
Six Fanfares Chamber Music 1996
Six Paragrams Instrumental solo 1992
Hommage à Soledad Instrumental solo 1995
Drei Goethe Lieder Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 2001
Three Dragoons Playing a Game of Dice Chamber Music 1978
Three Etudes Instrumental solo 1986
Three Easy Trios Chamber Music 1987
I mulini di signa / Mills of Signa Instrumental solo 1980
Mill of Time Chamber Music 1983
Impetus Instrumental solo 2003
In girum imus nocte Instrumental solo 2009
In memoriam T.E. Chamber Music 2003
Inkantation Chamber Music 2000
Integrazioni Symphony orchestra 1973
Isis´ Lament Chamber Music 1991
Jakob´s Ringen mit der Finsternis / Jacob´s Fight with the Darkness String orchestra 2012
Scenes Chamber Music 1988
Morgenröte / And the Morn Rises Solo voice(s), choir & orchestra 1962
Nine Miniatures Chamber Music 1981
Confabulation Instrumental solo 2014
Constantin´s Dream Chamber Music 1988
Korsholm concertino Chamber orchestra 2005
Korsholm concertino Chamber orchestra 2005
Bildnis / Portrait Instrumental solo 0
Questions to Hillel Ensemble 1996
Two Kosztolányi-Songs Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 2006
Two Songs Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 1965
Two Songs on Poems by Georg Trakl Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 2009
Two Songs on Poems by Heinrich Heine Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 2010
Two Hommages Chamber Music 1996
Two Intermezzi Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 1965
Two Choruses Female choir 1968
Labyrinth Instrumental solo 2015
Legend Instrumental solo 1995
Leoniden Concerto 2004
Convergences Chamber Music 1997
Step by Step... Chamber Music 1982
Mandala String orchestra 2000
Meditazione Chamber Music 1968
Belated Letters Instrumental solo 1989
Mass - In memoriam my Father Choir and solo instrument(s) 1968
Movimento cromatico dissimulato Chamber Music 1972
Mosakien / Mosaics Chamber Music 1980
Möwen über dem Ozean / Seagulls over the ocean Chamber Music 2007
Narration Chamber Music 2014
Novellette Instrumental solo 1981
Novellette No. 2 Instrumental solo 2001
Novellette No. 3 Instrumental solo 2002
Novellette No. 4 Instrumental solo 2002
Novellette No. 4/B Instrumental solo 2002
Novellette No. 5 Instrumental solo 2003
Novellette No. 6 Instrumental solo 2008
Novellette No. 7 Instrumental solo 2013
Novellette No. 8 Instrumental solo 2014
Novellette No. 9 Chamber Music 2014
Eight Cimbalom-Duos Chamber Music 1985
Eight Easy Character Pieces Instrumental solo 1977
Nuptial Music Chamber Music 1996
Nuptial Music Chamber Music 2005
Vier Inventionen / Four Inventions Instrumental solo 1992
Four Invocations Chamber Music 1990
Four Invocations for Two Violins Chamber Music 1990
Four Paraphhrases Instrumental solo 2017
Oktofonie Chamber Music 0
Oscillation Instrumental solo 2017
Parabola Instrumental solo 1983
Pezzo Spregiudicato Chamber Music 1972
Snapshots Instrumental solo 1981
Poco a poco... Chamber Music 1998
Praeambulum Chamber Music 1994
Praeludium Chamber Music 2010
Preludium - Interludium - Postludium Instrumental solo 1979
Prologue Chamber Music 2013
Parallel Lines that Meet Before Infinity Concerto 1997
Quadriga Chamber Music 2015
Quartetto per archi / String Quartet Chamber Music 1975
Rhapsody for Violin Instrumental solo 2012
Tale String orchestra 1995
Sententiola Instrumental solo 2004
Soledad Instrumental solo 1995
Sonnenfinsternis / Solar Eclipse Symphony orchestra 2002
Sonnenfinsternis / Solar Eclipse Solo voice(s), choir & orchestra 2000
Sophie et ses amis Chamber Music 1983
Stati Quattro Tempi Instrumental solo 1968
Sul Tasto Instrumental solo 1985
Gentle and Intense Flow Chamber Music 2014
Symbols Concerto 1978
To Bánk Sáry con saluti cordia Instrumental solo 2018
Talisman Instrumental solo 2018
Tibi luditur Chamber Music 2017
Tractatus Instrumental solo 2003
Trialog Chamber Music 2005
Troika Chamber Music 2008
Trois Hommages / Three Hommages Chamber Music 1996
Ten Canons Female choir 1967
Valet Instrumental solo 2001
Valet Chamber Music 2001
Variazioni immaginarie Instrumental solo 1977
Variazioni immaginarie Instrumental solo 1977
Magic Chamber Music 1996
Vetter Michel kiséretével látogatóba jön a hét minden napján Chamber Music 1983
Xylography Chamber Music 1982
Zenith Orchestral work 1995
es ist vollendet... Chamber Music 1997
Night Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 1996
Five Songs for Children Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 1967
Five Easy Duets Chamber Music 1964