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.

Lukács Pál


Place of Birth
Date of Birth

27 April 1919, Budapest – 22 May 1981, Budapest

Excellent viola player, violin and singing teacher.

Between 1934 and 1943 he studied at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music Budapest in the violin and singing departments as a student of János Koncz, Margit Walter, Imre Waldbauer and Imre Molnár.

From 1946 he was a singing teacher at the Liszt Academy, and from 1947 head of the viola department. From 1972 he was deputy rector of the Liszt Academy and from 1975 head of the singing department.

In 1936 he became a member of the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra, and between 1947-1976 viola soloist in the orchestra. He won first prize at the International Music Competition in Geneva in 1948. He gave concerts with great success both in Hungary and abroad, for example in Austria, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Italy and Switzerland. He was a guest performer at the Wiener Festwochen in 1947 and 1949, and was invited to the Prague Spring in 1948 and to the Venice Biennale in 1958.

Between 1964 and 1978 he was a guest teacher at the International Music Festival in Weimar. Many of his performances were recorded, many Hungarian and foreign composers wrote viola pieces for him. He published viola pieces, articles on music teaching and gave lectures. His Advanced position shift exercises for viola was published in 1960.

Pál Lukács was regularly invited to serve on international juries. He was the member of the Council of the Hungarian Music Association.

1948 Excellent Work prize
1950 Gold Medal of the People's Republic of Hungary
1952 Artist of Merit
1965 Kossuth Prize
1971 Artist of Excellence