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.

Borbély Mihály

saxophone, tárogató, saxophone - alto, saxophone - tenor, saxophone - soprano, clarinet

Multireedist Mihály Borbély got his degrees in classical clarinet and jazz saxophone from the Béla Bartók Conservatory and Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Hungary and became a real versatile musician working in different musical styles from folk and world music to jazz and contemporary music. In addition to his original instruments he also plays folk instruments
like the tárogató, folk flutes, kaval, dvojnice, fujara, ocarina, bombarde and zurna.

He is a member of the famous folk group the Vujicsics (founded in 1974!) and, in addition to this he has participated in severeral recording sessions and concerts of leading Hungarian and international artists and groups, among others: Paul Bley, Steve Coleman, Trilok Gurtu, Charles Lloyd, Herbie Mann, Michel Montanaro’s Vents d’Est, Zbignew Namislowsky, Jiri Stivin, Saxophone Summit (Michael Brecker - David Liebman - Joe Lovano). He also performed with composer-conductor Peter Eötvös and the National Philharmonic Orchestra. In the nineties he formed his own jazz groups, the Quartet B, the Mihály Borbély Quartet (’Borbély Műhely’) and a duo project with pianist Károly Binder. He has played on major folk, world music and jazz festivals all over Europe as well as in the US and Australia.

Teaching is a very important element of his musical philosophy and he is an associate professor at the Jazz Department of Ferenc Liszt Academy of music in Budapest where he was the chairman between 1997 and 2000. Among these he gave lectures, workshops and master classes in his country and abroad, e.g. Birmingham Conservatory, Royal Academy of Music in London, DISTIL Scotland/England, Conservatoire de Lyon, Dresden University of Music C.M. von Weber and several colleges in the USA and Mexico.

1988 "Best Soloist" – Karlovy Vary Jazz Festival
2002 Artisjus Prize
2000, 2004 - three eMeRToN prizes
2005 The Knight's Cross Order Of Merit Of The Republic Of Hungary
2012 Liszt Prize
2014 Gábor Szabó Jazz Prize
2014 Kossuth Prize, as a member of the Vujicsics band
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
1993 A Lelkiismeret - Narratív Kamaradarabok
(The Conscience - Narrative Chamber Pieces)
Leo Records CD LR 185
1997 Grencsó Big Collective: Villa Negra Fonó Records FA-033-2 CD
1998 Binder Károly: Retropolis - Old songs, new dreams Binder Music Manufactory 9801/-2
1999 Márkus Tibor/Equinox Quartet: Three Trees Binder Music Manufactory BMM 9903-2517 3630
2000 Trio Midnight featuring Lee Konitz: On Track Wellington-Universal WELL CD 2000
2000 Binder-Borbély: Hangok
(Binder-Borbély: Sounds)
Binder Music Manufactory BMM 0003-29194234 Own
2000 Nagy János: Táncok - Fej és írás Magánkiadás 0001 / 0002
2000 Vasvári Pál: Tales of the Princess Periferic Records PRCD 1003
2001 Horgas Eszter Arcai II. - Hazafelé Gramy Records GR-028
2002 Tűzkő Csaba Septet: Zengő kő
(Clangorous Stone)
KCG Records KCG 010
2003 Quartet B.: Üveghegy
(Quartet B.: Crystal Mountain)
Fonó Records FA-211-2
2004 Gergő Borlai: Sausage TOM-TOM Records TTCD 59
2004 Balázs Elemér Group: Refracting sounds BMC Records BMC CD 106
2004 Binder - Borbély: 7 Duets Binder Music Manufactory BMM 0401-44-254943 Own
2005 Hungarian Jazz Store BMC HMIC BMC PCD 016 Not for sale - only for promotion / 4 CDs
2005 Borbély Mihály Quartet: Meselia Hill BMC Records BMC CD 105 Own
2005 Örömkoncert 2005
(Concert of Joy 2005)
Magánkiadás DVD - Not for sale
2006 Attila László and Friends: Just Trust TOM-TOM Records TTCD 85
2006 Borbély-Dresch Quartet: Te+Te Fonó Budai Zeneház FA-222-2
2008 Zoltán Lantos' Mirrorworld X-produkció XP 029
2008 Lantos Zoltán Mirrorworld: Tau X-produkció XP 029
2008 Golden Earrings Gramy Records GR-079
2009 Babel TOM-TOM Records TTCD 120
2009 Columbus Jazz Nights Vol.1 - Live At The Columbus Jazz Ship Hunnia Records HRCD 922
2009 Hommage à Kodály BMC Records BMC CD 155 Own
2009 Duola Tim Produkció DUOCD 01
2009 Juhász Gábor: 1978 X-produkció XP 040
2009 Trio3PO: Cheat Periferic Records BGCD 200
2011 Dresch Quartet: Fuhun Periferic Records FA2652
2014 Hungarian Jazz Rhapsody BMC Records BMC CD 187
2015 Sárik Péter: Idebent-Odakint Magánkiadás
2016 Borbély Mihály Quartet - Gyere hozzám estére
(Mihály Borbély Quartet - Be my me Tonight)
BMC Records BMC CD 231 Own
2016 Little bird in the Lee - BMC records 2014-2016 BMC Records BMC PCD 033
2017 Sárik Péter Trió: Lucky Dog Hunnia Records HRCD1610
2019 Borbély Műhely: Grenadilla
(Mihály Borbély Quartet: Grenadilla)
BMC Records BMC CD 281
2022 Borbély Mihály Quartet: Miracles of the Night BMC Records BMCCD309 Own
2023 Csend a hegyen túl Binder Music Manufactory BMM 2023/1 Own