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.

Szakcsi Generation Project

Orchestra, choir, ensemble


Béla Szakcsi Lakatos, awarded with the Liszt and Kossuth Prizes, has led several different formations, appeared at the most prestigious festivals, released dozens of albums under his own name or as a sideman, in his home country and the US, and has been a partner of world famous jazz artists throughout the 40 years of his career. He is an accomplished interpreter of not only jazz, but contemporary classical music, and also his brainchild, Gypsy jazz. He has even composed musicals, a rock opera, and a ballet.
Kálmán Oláh has won or ranked high at a great number of international competitions as a soloist or with his bands, and has been a frequent and celebrated performer at festivals, primarily with Trio Midnight. He is not only an excellent jazz pianist but has had considerable achievements as a classical musician as well: he has re-interpreted works of Bach, Bartók, and Debussy, and wrote his own variations on Bach�s Goldberg Variations. His critically acclaimed Concerto for Jazz Orchestra was performed in 2001. In the same year he won the Hungarian Jazz Prize awarded by Gramofon magazine.
The two sons of Béla Szakcsi Lakatos are also following in the footsteps of their father. Róbert is a graduate of the Basel Music Academy, where he studied classical music and jazz. He won international piano competitions in Krakow and Basel, and has been performing regularly with celebrated jazz musicians. Béla, Jr. has contributed to numerous Hungarian jazz albums and has led his own formations since 1996.
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
2006 Szakcsi Generation with Jack DeJohnette and John Patitucci: 8 Trios for 4 Pianists BMC Records BMC CD 126 Own