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.

Tihanyi László


Place of Birth
Date of Birth

21 March 1956 Budapest

Between 1970 and 1974 he learned composing in the Béla Bartók Secondary School for Music - his teachers were Elek Huzella, Béla C. Nagy and István Fekete Győr. He continued his music studies in 1974 at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, where he studied composing from Rezső Sugár and conducting from András Kóródi. In 1981 he graduated in composing and music theory teaching, the next year in conducting.

From 1979 he’s been teaching at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music - since 1999 he’s been reader, between 2000 and 2004 he was deputy rector, and since 2004 he’s been professor of the music theory department. He habilitated in 2000. From 1978 to 1990 he taught solfeggio and music theory in the Béla Bartók Secondary School for Music.

His first introduction as author was in 1989, while his first album was released in 1992. Afterwards, a number of his works were presented in Hungary and abroad. He primarily composed music for symphonic orchestras, chamber orchestras and ensembles. Most of these works were composed for request. The chamber concerto “Irrlichtspiel” for violin and orchestra was composed in 1991 for the Hungarian Radio, the “Summer Music” was made in 1992 for the Ensemble Contrechamps. The “Epitaph du Soldat” is a special epilogue to Stravinsky’s "Story of the soldier", which Tihanyi composed 1994 for the French Radio.

The “Serenata for four instruments” was composed for the Bath Festival (1996), while the “Schattenspiel” for the Fountain Chamber Workshop (1997). The Swiss Pro Helvetia and the Zuger Kulturstiftung Landis & Gyr ordered the “Matrix” for four hands (1998), while the “Atte” was composed for the debut concert of UMZE in Berlin (1999). In 2002, the Musikfabrik presented the concerto “Cosmos” for four-hand piano and ensemble.

His second order from a radio orchestra, the “24 Night Meditation” was also presented in the Juillard School, New York (2007). He composed the opera “Genitrix” for the French State, based on the novel by François Mauriac. The opus was first presented in the Bordeaux Opera House (25 November 2007), and the Hungarian premiére was held in the Palace of Arts, in frames of the Budapest Spring Festival (19 March 2008). Since 1994 his works are published exclusively by Editio Musica Budapest. Most of his works were released by Hungaroton Classic and BMC Records.

The composer and conductor László Tihanyi is one of the most active and most employed members of the Hungarian music society. Between 1980 and 1988 he was leading conductor of the Symphonic Orchestra of the Budapest Technical University. He is founder and art director of the Ensemble Intermodulation (1985), which plays contemporary and twentieth century music. He has worked with most of the Hungarian orchestras and has performed in almost every music center of Europe with such outstanding contemporary ensembles as Ensemble Modern, the Contrechamps and the Musikfabrik. Péter Eötvös requested Tihanyi to be his co-conductor when performing and touring with Bruno Maderna’s Hyperion. It was also Eötvös who asked him to conduct the second orchestra on the premiere of the opera “Three sisters” in Vienna (Wiener Festwochen, 2002) and in Budapest.

László Tihanyi’s been member of the Széchenyi Academy of Arts since 2007.

He was honored with the Albert Szirmai Prize (1981), the Special Prize of the Association of Hungarian Musicians (1988), the Artisjus Prize (1986, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993 and 1998), the Erkel Prize (1997) and the “Merite Culturel” Award from the Polish Ministry of Culture and Science (1999), the Bartók-Pásztory Award (2001) and the Hans Martin Ziegler Award from the German town Kassel.

see also: Tihanyi László - composer
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
1995 Hommage Magyar Rádió MR 011 4 CDs
1997 Madarász Iván: Concerto F(L)A; Hímzett hangok; Echo; Sebességek két fuvolára; Egy történet fejezetei
(Madarász, Iván: Concerto F(L)A; Embroidered Sounds; Echo; Speeds for Two Flutes; Chapters of a Story)
Hungaroton HCD 31671
1999 Tihanyi László: Árnyjáték (Schattenspiel)
BMC Records BMC CD 027 Own
1999 Faragó Béla: 353 nap - "Mise"
(353 days - "Mass")
BMC Records BMC CD 023
1999 Tihanyi László: Summer Music, Winterscene, Nachtszene etc. Hungaroton HCD 31792 Own
2000 Fekete Gyula: Római láz; Elégia
(Fekete, Gyula: Roman Fever; Elegia)
Hungaroton HCD 31914
2001 Cage, John: Harminc darab öt zenekarra; Zene zongorára
(Cage, John: Thirty Pieces for Five Orchestras; Music for Piano)
Hungaroton HCD 12893
2003 Olsvay Endre: Tengerszem
Hungaroton HCD 32178
2003 Sugár Miklós: Vihar után; Dalok; Luxatio; Három dal...; NO.2; Francia dalok; Miniatűrök
(Miklós, Sugár: After Storm; Songs...; Luxatio; Three Songs...; NO.2; French Songs; Miniatures)
Hungaroton HCD 32180
2004 Music Colors - Hungarian Contemporary Music (1989-2004) BMC HMIC BMC PCD 015 Not for sale - only for promotion
2005 Láng István: Inquieto, Sempre in tensione, Ist es möglich ohne B-A-C-H, VII. Szimfonia
(Láng, István: Inquieto, Sempre in tensione, Ist es möglich ohne B-A-C-H, Symphony No.7)
Hungaroton HCD 32357
2008 Tihanyi László: Képzelt utazások
(Tihanyi, László: Imaginary Journeys)
Hungaroton HCD 32484
2009 Victimae - Vokális és kamarazene
(Victimae - Vocal and Chamber Music)
Hungaroton HCD 32628
2009 Lendvay Kamilló: A mennyei város; Requiem
(Lendvay, Kamilló: The Heavenly City; Requiem)
Hungaroton HCD 32574
2009 Láng István: Broken off Paragraphs, 6th Smyphony for 39 strings, Diamond in the Dust of Earth - Cantata Based on the Lines of Ottó Orbán Hungaroton HCD 32575