Artist database

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Berkes Kálmán

conductor, clarinet

Place of Birth
Date of Birth

Kálmán Berkes obtained his degree as clarinet player at the Liszt Ferenc Music Academy in Budapest. His teachers include Béla Kovács, György Kurtág, András Mihály, Albert Simon and Frigyes Sándor. He studied conducting from János Ferencsik and Giuseppe Patane. He won the Silver Prize of the International Contest of Geneva in 1972, and additional prizes of chamber music contests in Belgrade in 1974, and Munich in 1975.

He worked as principal clarinet of the Hungarian State Opera, the Philharmonic Society and the Budapest Festival Orchestra between 1972 and 1993. He was a member of the Budapest Chamber Orchestra between 1973 and 1983. He was the founder and art director of the Budapest Wind Ensemble in 1982, and the conductor of the Hungarian Chamber Orchestra of Virtuosi between 1988 and 1992. He held master classes in the United States, Canada, England, The Netherlands and Finland. He has been a professor of the Musashino Music Academy in Tokyo and the leading conductor of its symphonic orchestra since 1992.
He was a permanent guest conductor of the National Philharmonic Orchestra from the autumn of 2004 to December 2006.

He has been the Art Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Győr since April 2009.

He regularly plays in concerts in Europe, South America and Japan. He is a frequent guest of major music festivals.

His partners include Zoltán Kocsis, Dezső Ránki, András Schiff, Jenő Jandó, Miklós Perényi, Maurice André, James Galway, the Takács and Keller Quartets.
He has made several recordings for Naxos, Hungaroton, Decca, Telefunken, Harmonia Mundi and EMI. He was awarded the gold medal of the Grammy Prize jointly with György Pauk and Jenő Jandó in 1995.

1986 Liszt Prize
2016 Hungary's Merit Artist Award

Current performances of Kálmán Berkes
Koncertkalendárium (
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
1985 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Szerenádok K. 388, K. 375 Hungaroton HCD 12549
1988 Bomtempo, João Domingos: Quintet Op. 16; Serenata Portugalsom CD 870006/PS
1989 Vukán György: Derby Krém SLPX 37216
1994 Bartók Béla: Két rapszódia hegedűre és zongorára; Kontrasztok; Szólószonáta hegedűre
(Bartók, Béla: Rhapsody for Violin and Piano No. 1,2; Contrasts; Sonata for Solo Violin)
Hungaroton HCD 31038 Own
1994 Bartók Béla: I-II. hegedűszonáta; Kontrasztok
(Bartók, Béla: Violin Sonatas No.1, 2; Contrasts)
Naxos 8.550749
1995 Krommer, Franz: Clarinet Concertos, Opp. 35, 36 and 91 Naxos 8.553178
1995 Weber, Carl Maria von: Clarinet Quintet Op.34, Grand Duo Concertant Naxos 8.553122 Own
1996 Krommer, Franz: Partitas for Wind Ensamble, Opp.57, 71, and 78 Naxos 8.553498
1997 Hungaroton Classic - 1998 Hungaroton HCD 31774 Sampler CD
1997 Brahms, Johannes: Clarinet Sonatas Naxos 8.553121 Own
1997 Fúvóspartiták
Hungaroton HCD 31689
1997 The Best of Weber Naxos 8.556676
1998 Mentsük meg a Zeneakadémiát!
(Let's Save the Liszt Academy!)
Hungaroton HCD 31841
1999 Glinka, Mihail Ivanovics: Ruszlán és Ludmilla
R.Strauss: Kürtverseny No. 1, Op. 11
Csajkovszkij: V. e-moll szimfónia, Op. 64
Hungaroton HCD 31856 Own
1999 Stamitz, Carl: Clarinet Concertos Vol.2 Naxos 8.554339 Own
1999 Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel/ Don Juan/ Kettősverseny AV 147
(Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel/ Don Juan/ Duett-Concertino AV 147)
Hungaroton HRC 1043 Echo Collection
2000 Stamitz, Carl: Clarinet Concertos Vol.1 Naxos 8.553584 Own
2000 Mozart, W. A.: Five Divertimentos, K.439b Naxos 8.553585
2001 The Best of Bartók Naxos 8.556693
2001 Cherubini, Luigi: Requiem in C minor
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Exsultate jubilate K. 165, Ave verum corpus K. 618
Hungaroton HCD 32041 Own
2001 Weiner Leó: Concertino; Divertimento No.2; Ballade; Pastorale, Fantasia and Fugue Hungaroton HCD 31992 Own
2002 Bottesini, Givoanni: Kompozíciók nagybőgőre IV. - kettősversenyek
(Works for Double Bass, Vol.4 - Double Concertos)
Hungaroton HCD 32100 Complete edition / First recordings
2002 Csajkovszkij, Pjotr Iljics: 1812 Version with Chorus, Symphony No.4, Flower Waltz Hungaroton
2007 Bartók Béla - A Portrait Naxos 8.558200-01 2 CDs
2010 Adagio 2 Naxos 8.578062-63 2 CDs
2019 The Masters Collection: Zoltán Kocsis Hungaroton HCD 32840-42 3 CDs