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.

Erdélyi Miklós


Place of Birth
Date of Birth

9 February 1928 Budapest – 1 September 1993 Budapest

He studied in Budapest at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music between 1946 and 1951, and he was pupil of András Zalánfy (organ department), János Ferencsik (conductor training department) and Rezső Kókai (composing department).

His career launched 1947 in the Comic Opera of Budapest, where he debuted with Donizetti’s Elixir of love. After the Comic Opera was closed down, he became conductor of the Harmony Concerto Orchestra between 1949 and 1951. From 1950 to 1951 he worked as deputy leader of the Hungarian Radio Chorus. From 1951 he was répétiteur of the Budapest State Opera and soon he became one of the most engaged conductors. His first independent premiere was Cosi fan tutte on 24 November, 1960. Many remarkable premieres are related to his name, like András Mihály’s Together and alone (1967), Monteverdi’s Coronation of Poppea (1968), György Ránki’s Tragedy of man (1969). He mainly had outstanding success with Mozart’s operas.

He frequently performed abroad. In 1969 he co-operated on the recording of Prokofiev’s War and Piece, requested by the Radio of Rome. He was guest conductor at the Berlin Philharmonics, the Bamberg Symphonic and the Hamburg Radio Orchestra as well. He was also constant guest conductor at the Symphonic Orchestra of the Dutch Radio between 1979 and 1982, then at the Jomiuri Nippon Symphonic Orchestra of Tokio from 1986. His great knowledge of styles and literacy in music history and literature made him a versatile conductor. His monograph on Franz Schubert was published in 1963.

Signs of appreciation of his activity are many awards, including the Liszt Prize (1960), the title Merited Artist (1967), the Kossuth Prize (1975) and the title Excellent Artist (1985). In 1993 he was awarded with Béla Bartók-Ditta Pásztory Prize.
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
Kocsár Miklós: Repliche; Variazioni; Magányos ének (Lonely Song)
Papp L.: Dialogo; Meditációk (Meditations)
Hungaroton SLPX 11635 LP
1988 Kulcs a muzsikához 5: Művészeti korok zenei stílusai Hungaroton
1994 Bartók Béla: Négy zenekari darab; 2 rapszódia; Brácsaverseny
(Bartók, Béla: Four Pieces; Rhapsodies; Concerto)
Hungaroton HCD 31050
1994 Bartók Béla: 2 zenekari szvit
(Bartók Béla: Orchestral suites Nos 1,2)
Hungaroton HCD 31045
1995 Esküvői zene
(Wedding music)
Hungaroton HCD 31472
1997 Nagy Magyar Énekesek: Simándy József
(Great Hungarian Voices: József Simándy)
Hungaroton HCD 31726
1998 Nagy Magyar Énekesek: Ilosfalvy Róbert
(Great Hungarian Voices: Róbert Ilosfalvy)
Hungaroton HCD 31762
1999 Bach, J. S. / Händel, George Frideric / Haydn, Joseph: Népszerű oratórium kórusok
(Bach, J. S. / Händel, George Frideric / Haydn, Joseph: Favourite Oratorio Choruses)
Hungaroton HRC 1018 Echo Collection
1999 Operanyitányok és Intermezzók
(Opera Overtures and Intermezzos)
Hungaroton HRC 1035 Echo Collection
1999 Beethoven, Ludvig van: Esz-dúr zongoraverseny Op. 73 / Schumann: a-moll zongoraverseny Op. 54
(Beethoven, Ludvig van: Piano Concerto No 5 in E flat major Op. 73 "Emperor" / Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 54)
Hungaroton HRC 1006 Echo Collection
1999 Händel, Georg Friedrich: Tüzijáték - szvit, Nyitányok: Rodrigo; Ariodante; Atalanta Hungaroton HRC 1020 Own
Echo Collection
1999 Bach, J.S.: Zenekari szvitek Nos. 2-3, BWV 1067-68
(Bach, J.S.: Orchestral Suites Nos. 2-3, BWV 1067-68)
Hungaroton HRC 1002 Echo Collection
2000 Bartók összkiadás - Zenekari művek I.
(Bartók Complete Edition - Symphonic Works)
Hungaroton HCD 31884-87
2000 Mozart, W. A.: A Varázsfuvola (részletek)
(Mozart, W. A.: Die Zauberflöte / The Magic Flute (excerpts))
Hungaroton HCD 11539
2001 50 éves a Hungaroton - Énekművészek (1951-2001)
(Fifty Years of Hungaroton - Singers)
Hungaroton HCD 32096-98 3 CDs
2001 50 éves a Hungaroton - Karmesterek (1951-2001)
(Fifty Years of Hungaroton - Conductors, 1951-2001)
Hungaroton HCD 32074-77 4 CDs
2001 Bartók Béla: 15 magyar parasztdal, Táncszvit, Este a székelyeknél, Medvetánc Hungaroton HCD 31860
2001 Kadosa Pál: Zongoramuzsika
(Kadosa, Pál: Piano Music)
Hungaroton HCD 31981
2001 Mozart, W. A.: A varázsfuvola (Zenés mesék - Mesés zenék)
(Mozart, W. A.: Die Zauberflöte / The Magic Flute)
Hungaroton HCD 19451
2003 Nagy Magyar Énekesek: Házy Erzsébet
(Great Hungarian Voices: Erzsébet Házy)
Hungaroton HCD 31996