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.

Falvai Sándor


Place of Birth
Date of Birth

Sándor Falvai graduated in 1972 with distinction from the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, and spent the following year in postgraduate training at Moscow’s famed Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He was invited to perform along side many world famous artists at the Gala concert in 1970, presented by UNICEF in Lausanne. In 1973, he won second prize in the Hungarian Radio piano competition. He toured the major cities of Germany in 1972 as a soloist with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, and made a successful debut in Berlin in 1973. Mr. Falvai’s United States debut was in New York City at the Carnegie Recital Hall in 1978. „His playing is bold, splendidly articulated and firmly musical. Mr. Falvai diplayed the ability to keep the music at hand vital at all times” (Allen Hughes, New York Times). Mr. Falvai has also performed in Tokyo, Paris, Tunis and Tessoloniki, and has made over twenty CD’s. He is a member of the jury of several international piano competitions and he holds courses all around the world. Mr. Falvai is a professor of the piano department at the Liszt Academy in Budapest.

1975 - Liszt-Prize
1997 - Merrited Artist Prize
2014 - Béla Bartók-Ditta Pásztory Award
2021 - Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic, Officer's Cross (civilian)
2022 - Erzsébet Szőnyi Prize (Music Prize of Hungarian Academy of Arts)
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
1977 Chopin, Fryderik: Piano Concerto in f minor Hungaroton SLPX 11815
1990 Atterberg, Kurt: Kamarazene I.
(Atterberg, Kurt: Chamber Music I.)
Marco Polo (Naxos) 8.223404
1990 The Instruments Of Classical Music Vol.6-10 Laserlight 15980 5 CDs
1991 Chopin, Fryderyk: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 Capriole CA14003
1991 Brahms, Johannes: Zongoranégyesek
(Brahms, Johannes: Piano Quartets)
Hungaroton HCD 11597-98 Own
1996 Classic Masterworks - Frederic Chopin Capriccio C49030
1996 Piano Dreams Laserlight 15844 Further contributor: Rösel, Evelyne Dubourg, Daniel Gerard, Anton Dikov,
Maurizio Pollini, Ivo Pogorelich, Stanislav Bunin...
1997 Bach, J.S.: Concertok 1, 2 és 3 zongorára - II. album
(Bach, J.S.: Piano Concertos)
Hungaroton HCD 31695 Own
1997 Chopin, Fryderyk: I. (e-moll) zongoraverseny Op. 11, II. (f-moll) zongoraverseny Op. 21 Hungaroton HCD 4028 Own
1999 300 Év Tánczene
(300 Years Dance Music)
Hungaroton HRC 1045 Echo Collection
1999 Schubert, Franz: Impromptus Hungaroton HRC 1040 Own
Echo Collection/ Complete edition
1999 Chopin, Fryderyk: Piano Favourites Amadis 7172 Own
2000 Szkrjabin, Alexander: III. szimfónia / Le Poeme de l'extase (átiratok)
(Alexander Scriabin: Symphony No. 3 / Le Poeme de l'extase (transcriptions))
Naxos 8.555327 Own
2000 Népszerű indulók
(Famous Marches)
Hungaroton HRC 1055 Echo Collection
2001 50 éves a Hungaroton - Zongoraművészek (1951-2001)
(Fifty Years of Hungaroton - Pianists)
Hungaroton HCD 32088-90 3 CDs
2003 Gyászzenék
(Funeral Music)
Hungaroton HCD 32260
2016 Klára Takács: Songs by Liszt, Verdi, Strauss & Schumann Hungaroton HCD 32769
2021 Don't Hold Me Bach - The Essential Classics of the Baroque Composer J. S. Bach Hungaroton HCD 32856