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.

Czidra László

recorder, conductor

Place of Birth
Date of Birth

10 February 1940 Budapest - 21 January 2001 Budapest

Blockflöte artist and musicologist, an outstanding figure of the Hungarian old music movement, also founder of the Camerata Hungarica.

He began his studies 1954 in the Béla Bartók Secondary School for Music. In 1959 he was accepted to the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, where he graduated at the oboe department in 1963.

Between 1963 and 1968 he was oboe player in the Symphonic Orchestra of the Hungarian Post. In 1969 he founded the nationally and internationally successful ensemble Camerata Hungarica, and he was leader and flute-soloist at the same time in it. From 1979 to 1988 he taught performing practice of old music as invited lecturer at the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy. From 1993 he taught blockflöte in the Leó Weiner Secondary School for Music. He was also member of the incidental music ensemble of Tamás Hacky and of the band Ex-Antiquis. He recorded six albums independently, and twelve more with the Camerata Hungarica, which included renaissance and early baroque music.

He knows and practices the baroque performing methods and decoration techniques on a high level, which made him the authentic consultant of the Ferenc Liszt Chamber Orchestra. In his repertoire there are such great baroque composers to find as Bach, Händel, Telemann, Vivaldi, Corelli and Marcello.

He is not only known as first class soloist, but also as excellent musicologist. He wrote many pedagogical studies, and in the last decade of his life he focused on teaching, besides editing of scores for pedagogical purposes. His methodical publications and collections constitute the fundament of the Hungarian flute teaching.

In 1981 he was awarded with the Liszt Prize and in 2006 with the posthumous János Apáczai Csere Prize of the Hungarian Ministry of Education.