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.

Kovács Dénes


Place of Birth
Date of Birth

18 April 1930 Vác - 11 February 2005 Budapest

Outstanding violin artist, former professor and rector of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music.

He began to play the violin at the age of five - his extraordinary talent was noticed immediately. He started his music studies in the Fodor Music School as pupil of Dezső Rados, and then from 1944 he continued it at the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy, in the master class of Ede Zathureczky. Already at the beginning of his career he won many prestigious international contests.

Between 1951 and 1959 he worked as concert master of the Hungarian State Opera House. In 1955 he came in first place at the Carl Flesch Violin Contest, London. At the Music Academy he was professor (from 1957), and then became general director (from 1966) and rector (between 1971 and 1980). During this time - according to the traditions of the institute - he separated teacher training from artist training, established a separate chamber music department, and endeavored to improve the quality of the orchestral musician training. He founded many contests, like the Grand Prize of the Music Academy and the Training Institute of Talented Children.

He was on stage in nearly every country in Europe, but also in China, the USSR and the USA. As soloist he played almost the whole classical repertoire, introduced works by many contemporary Hungarian composers, and recorded a number of albums. His last performance was in Beograd, at the BÉMUSZ event series - he played Emil Petrovics' Passamezzo e Saltarello that was written for violin and percussions, dedicated to Dénes Kovács, who played it with extraordinary success. His style can be characterized by beautiful violin sound, technical perfection, unostentatious virtuosity and elegancy.

As recognition of his artistic and pedagogical achievements, Dénes Kovács was awarded with the Liszt Prize (1954 and 1958), the Kossuth Prize (1963), the title Merited Artist (1970) and the Bartók-Pásztory Award (1989 and 2000).
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
1983 Dávid Gyula: Brácsaverseny; Hegedűverseny; Sinfonietta
(Dávid, Gyula: Concerto for Viola and Orchestra; Concerto for Violin and Orchestra; Sinfonietta)
Hungaroton SLPX 12452 LP
1994 Bartók Béla: Négy zenekari darab; 2 rapszódia; Brácsaverseny
(Bartók, Béla: Four Pieces; Rhapsodies; Concerto)
Hungaroton HCD 31050
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
1997 Beethoven, Ludvig van: I. (C-dúr) zongoraverseny Op. 15, Hármasverseny Op. 56 Hungaroton HCD 4032
1999 A bécsi klasszicizmus lassú tételekben III.
(The Vienna Classicism in Slow Moments Vol. 3)
Hungaroton HRC 1049 Echo Collection
1999 Beethoven, Ludwig van: Szonáták hegedűre és zongorára
(Beethoven, Ludwig van: Sonatas for Violin and Piano)
Hungaroton HRC 1008 Own
Echo Collection
1999 Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix: A-dúr (Olasz) szimfónia Op. 90 / e-moll hegedűverseny Op. 64
(Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix: Symphony No. 4 in A major Op.90 ´´Italian´´ / Violin Concerto in E minor Op.64)
Hungaroton HRC 1029 Own
1999 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Hegedű és zongora szonáták
(Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Sonatas for Violin and Piano)
Hungaroton HRC 1032 Own
Echo Collection
2000 Bartók összkiadás - Zenekari művek II.
(Bartók Complete Edition - Symphonic Works II.)
Hungaroton HCD 31888-91
2000 Beethoven, Ludvig van: F-dúr románc/ B-dúr hegedűverseny/ G-dúr románc
(Beethoven, Ludvig van: Romance in F Major/ Violin Concerto in D major/ Romance in G Major)
Hungaroton HRC 1052 Echo Collection
2001 50 éves a Hungaroton - Vonósművészek (1951-2001)
(Fifty Years of Hungaroton - String Players)
Hungaroton HCD 32091-3 3 CDs
2001 Ismerd meg... Beethoven szimfonikus zenéjét
(Get to Know... Beethoven's Symphonic Music)
Hungaroton HCD 32048
2001 Versenyművek
Hungaroton HCD 31990
2003 Beethoven, Ludwig van: Vonóstriók (összkiadás)
(Beethoven, Ludwig van: String Trios - Complete)
Hungaroton HCD 32204-05 2 CDs
2004 Karácsonyi koncert
(Christmas Concert)
Hungaroton HCD 32281
2009 Hajdu Mihály: Szőkül a fűz - Kamaraművek, kórusok, zongoradarabok
(Hajdu, Mihály: Blonde Willows - Chamber Works, Choruses & Piano Pieces)
Hungaroton HCD 32614