Artist database

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Vukán György


Place of Birth
Date of Birth

21 August 1941 Budapest - 12 August 2013 Agárd

Excellent composer and jazz pianist, one of the most versatile personalities of the Hungarian jazz scene, pioneer of the Hungarian symphonic jazz and crossover.

In 1960 – at the age of eighteen – he graduated at the piano department of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music. In 1964 he took a degree at the Dentist Department of the Semmelweis University, too. He’s an active dentist up to this very day. Since his childhood he’s been giving concerts, at first mostly playing classical music pieces, and in the last decades primarily as jazz pianist. In 1957 he won first prize at the Helikon Festivity (Keszthely) in piano category. From 1965 on he has won many awards at the jazz contests of the Hungarian Radio.

Between 1965 and 1980 he taught singing, composing and arrangement at the Jazz Department of the Béla Bartók Secondary School for Music, and he also wrote books on these subjects. In 1969 he won the Press Award of the Montreux Jazz Festival with Rudolf Tomsits’ quartet. From 1980 to 1990 he performed with Balázs Berkes and Imre Kőszegi as „Supertrio”. In 1985 he founded Creative Art Ensemble – he was leader, composer and conductor of the ensemble until 1991. In 1990 he founded Creative Art Trio with Balázs Berkes and Elemér Balázs – their performance at the Sevilla World Expo in 1992 was a great success. Also in 1991, he gave successful solo concerts in Japan.

In 1992 he lead the workshop of the Big Band of EBU (European Broadcasting Union), where musicians of seventeen European countries participated. The program mostly included works by Vukán. In 1996 his concert with the Ferenc Liszt Chamber Orchestra in the Netherlands was chosen to the Concert of the Year. Since 1999 he’s been steady partner of flute artist Eszter Horgas. So far they have released twelve albums together, recording transcriptions of works by Gershwin, Chopin, Bach and Bernstein, as well as opera adaptations (La bohčme, Madama Butterfly, Porgy and Bess).

In 2000 he founded the formation „Septet” with Elemér Balázs, János Egri and the Budapest Saxophone Quartet. He’s been performing in duo with Béla Szakcsi Lakatos since almost three decades. He has given concerts in almost every European country and in 1983 and 1993 he was on concert tour in the USA. He has played with such excellent artists as Philly Joe Jones, Clifford Jordan, Linda Hopkins, Anette Lowman, Frank Foster, Clarck Terry and Kenny Wheeler.

Throughout his really versatile career as composer he recorded a number of albums, composed music for more than 130 films (two of them were nominated for Oscar), but he also created an opera (Black Advent), six ballets, masses (for symphonic orchestra, choir and soloists), several concertos, eighty songs (for poems by Federico Garcia Lorca, Pablo Neruda, etc.) and 150 psalms for a capella choir. He has composed incidental music for TV- and radio plays and theatrical performances. His ballet „Derby” has been played by the Hungarian State Opera House for more than three years.

1970 Composers' Prize of Hungarian Record Company
1978 Béla Balázs Prize
1981 Performers' Prize of the Hungarian Radio
1990 Erkel Prize
1993 eMeRTon Prize
1996 Lyra Prize
1998 Small Cross of the Merit of the Hungarian Republic
2000 Gábor Szabó
2001 Jenő Huszka Prize
2002 Artisjus Prize
2012 Kossuth Prize
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
Aladár Pege: Aladár Pege's 60th Birthday Concert Magánkiadás PEGE 5
1964 Modern jazz IV-V. - Anthology 64 Hungaroton LPX 7279-80
1968 Modern jazz VII. - Anthology 68 Hungaroton LPX 17392 LP
1969 Modern jazz VIII. - Anthology 69 Hungaroton LPX 17406
1977 Csaba Deseő Jazz Quintet & Friends: Ultraviola Hungaroton PDKCD0050
1981 George Vukan, Balazs Berkes, George Trantalidis: Clarification Columbia 14C 062-71168 Own
1982 The Super Trio: Together Alone Krém SLPX 17691
1982 Bratislava Jazz Days 1981 Opus 9115 1305 - 06
1982 Debreceni Dzsessznapok 1981 Krém SLPX 17706 LP
1987 Birthday party Krém SLPX 37047
1987 The Super Trio, Vukán, Berkes, Kőszegi - Birthday Party Krém SLPX 37047 LP
1990 Stjepko Gut Quartets: Stjepko Gut Quartets PGP RTB 210951
1991 Vukán György: Missa Ad Dominum Jesum Christum Creative Art Ensemble CAE CD 001 Own
1991 Vukán, Creativ Art Ensemble: Spanish Rhapsody Creative Art Ensemble CAE LP 002 Own
1993 The Swinging Violin of Csaba Deseő Jazzette BPCD 026
1994 Creative Art Trio: It Was, What Was, My Life Creative Art Ensemble CAE CD 006
1994 Creative Art Jazz Trio - Debussy-Vukán: Children's Corner Creative Art Ensemble CAE CD 005
1995 Creative Art Jazz Trio - George Vukán's Atlanta, Georgia - An Opera in Two Acts - Complete Jazz Version Creative Art Ensemble CAE CD 007
1995 Pege Aladár: Hungarian Jazz Workshop No. 2 Hungaroton HCD 37790
1996 The Akadimpex Concerts Pannon Jazz PJ 1015
1996 Berkes Balázs featuring the Creative Art Jazz Trio: Forever Pannon Jazz PJ 1016
1997 Vukán Quartet: Love Poems Creative Art Ensemble Own
2 CDs
1997 Twenty Love Poems & A Song of Despair Creative Art Ensemble CAE CD 021 A/B
1998 Creative Art Trio - 10th Anniversary Album: Iberia Suite Creative Art Ensemble CAE CD 026
1998 Vukán - Szakcsi: Conversation Creative Art Ensemble CAE CD 027 Own
1998 Vukán György: Iberia Creative Art Ensemble CAE CD 026 Own
CAE - 10th Anniversary Album
1998 Vukán György & Federico Garcia Lorca: Poems Creative Art Ensemble Own
1998 Vukán György: Things of This World Creative Art Ensemble CAE CD 025 Own
1998 G. Vukán, E. Balázs: Things of this World in 7 movements Creative Art Ensemble CAE CD 025 Own
1999 Vukán, Szakcsi: Fourehand - Live Creative Art Ensemble CAE 031
1999 Attila Falvai, George Vukán: The Sound of the Violin Creative Art Ensemble CAE 032
1999 János Mazura, György Vukán with The Creative Art Trio: : I Let The Song... Periferic Records BGCD 030
1999 Balázs/Szakcsi/Vukán: Conversa+ion Plus Creative Art Ensemble
2000 Vukán György: Alone Creative Art Ensemble Own
2000 Gitár-dob párbaj
(Guitar-Drums Battle)
Hungaroton HCD 71010 Jazz History 3.
2000 Creative Art Trio and Stephane Belmondo: Endless Love Creative Art Ensemble CAE 033
2001 Vukán György: Plays Chopin Creative Art Ensemble Own
2001 Éjfél Már
(It's Midnight)
Hungaroton HCD 71044
2001 Kőrössy János, Lakatos Ablakos Dezső: Éjfél már
(János Kőrössy, Dezső (Ablakos) Lakatos: It's midnight)
Hungaroton HCD 71044
2001 Vukán and the Brass: Stormy Weather Creative Art Ensemble Own
2001 Horgas Eszter Arcai I. - Class Jazz Band: Crossover Gramy Records GR-022
2001 Stormy Weather BSB Music Bt. BRASS 001
2002 Horgas Eszter Arcai III. - Class Jazz Band: Spanish Night - Live Concert Gramy Records GR-034
2002 Class Jazz Band: Spanish Night Plus Creative Art Ensemble CAE 038
2003 Benkó Dixieland Band: Chicago Aranykora Bencolor BEN-CD 5433
2003 Creative Art Group: Gentle Love Creative Art Ensemble CAE 039
2003 Creative Art Trio: Blue in Red - Live Creative Art Ensemble CAE 040
2003 Class Jazz Band: Cross Over Plus Creative Art Ensemble
2005 Vukán György, Szakcsi Lakatos Béla: Eclipse Hagyma Produkció HP0501
2005 Hungarian Jazz Store BMC HMIC BMC PCD 016 Not for sale - only for promotion / 4 CDs
2006 Vukán - Szakcsi: The Masters Of Piano Hagyma Produkció HP0601 CD + DVD
2007 Jazz Hungaricum CD 1 - Ragtime in Hungary Pannon Jazz PJ 1061
2007 Mandarin hold - Darabok fúvósegyüttesre
(Tangerine Moon - Music for Wind Ensemble)
Hungaroton HCD 32537 Own
2011 Gabriella Berkes, George Vukan: Once Upon A Dream - Musical With A Touch Of Jazz Collective Art CACD0033 Own
2013 Vukán Trió: A vihar
(Vukán Trio: The Tempest)
Gyulai Várszínház GYVCD003 Own