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.

Rácz Zoltán

percussion, conductor

Born in Budapest (1960) he has begun his musical studies in 1967 first on the piano and some years later also on percussion instruments. Having finished studies at Béla Bartók Conservatory he graduated from Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in 1983.

As a student he got more and more interested in solo and chamber music repertoire of the percussion instruments. He has regularly participated in the programs of New Music Studio (Budapest) and presented several new pieces in concerts and recordings. In 1981 during Bartók Centenary Year he performed and recorded Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion with Zoltán Kocsis and Dezső Ránki.

In 1984 he has founded the Amadinda Percussion Group being still its artistic director. In 1985 the group won first prize of Gaudeamus Contemporary Music Competition in Rotterdam. During the past years the Amadinda become one of the most renowned percussion groups all over the world - regularly performing at all prestigious music festivals in Europe like Paris Autumn, Prague Spring, Zagreb Biennale, Warsaw Autumn, Bath Festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Festival, BBC Proms, Berlin Biennale and Wiener Festwochen. John Cage dedicated them his 72 minutes long composition Four4 which was presented first time in Tokyo in 1992 during the group's first tour in Japan. The Amadinda performed also in USA, Mexico City, Australia, Lebanon and three times in Taiwan at Taipei International Percussion Convention. In 2000 they performed world premier of György Ligeti's new piece for mezzo-soprano and percussion - Síppal, dobbal, nádihegedűvel - composed for the group. The Amadinda has made more than ten CDs for Hungaroton and recently for TELDEC (The Ligeti Project) and for Tzadik, New York.

In 1988 the Amadinda Percussion Group was awarded Liszt Award by the Hungarian government as well as the Order of the Merit of the Hungarian Republic by the President of Hungary in 1997. In 2004 the Amadinda received Kossuth Prize, the highest artistic prize of Hungary.

In the same years Zoltán Rácz appeared as soloist as well. He played and recorded - for BIS label - under the baton of Peter Eötvös, the composers' percussion concerto - Triangel - e.g. Berlin, Vienna and Budapest. He performed Bartók's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion with András Schiff and Bruno Canino in several European countries performing in Wigmore Hall London, Berliner Festwochen, Mondsee Festival, Biennale di Venezia. Their recording of the piece was published on DECCA label. He has been principal timpani player of the Budapest Festival Orchestra between 1992 and 1996 as well as editor of a contemporary music program of the Hungarian Television for five years. From 1997 he is member of the artistic advisory board of the Budapest Spring Festival which is Hungary's most important annual artistic event. In 1997 he founded UMZE Chamber Ensemble together with musicologist, András Wilheim.

Since 1990 he is professor at Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest. He made master classes like Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt (1996), Groznjan, Croatia (1997) Juilliard School of Music and Yale University (1998) Senzoku Gakuen College of Music, Toho Gakuen College of Music and Nagoya College of Music in Japan (1999) First International Percussion Summer Camp, Taiwan (1999) Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia (2002) and Bartók New Music Festival held in Hungary in 1990, 1998, 2002 and 2003.

In 2002 Zoltán Rácz received the award of Chevalier de l'Ordre des arts et des lettres given by Madame Catherine Tasca, Minister of Culture and Communication of the French Republic. As a member of Amadinda Percussion Group he has received Kossuth Prize in 2004, and Bartók-Pásztory Award in 2008.
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
1981 Bartók Béla: Szonáta két zongorára és ütőhangszerekre; Két kép Op. 10 Sz. 46; Preludio & Scherzo
(Bartók, Béla: Sonata For 2 Pianos & Percussion; Two Pictures Op. 10 Sz. 46; Preludio & Scherzo)
Hungaroton HCD 12400
1985 Eötvös Péter: Tücsökzene / A szél szekvenciái
(Eötvös, Péter: Cricketmusic / Windsequenzen)
Hungaroton SLPX 12602 LP
1985 Balassa Sándor: Hívások és kiáltások Op.33/ Az utolsó pásztor Op.30/ Rézfúvós kvintett Op.31/ Kvartett ütőhangszerekre Op.18
(Sándor Balassa: Calls and Cries Op.33/ The Last Shepherd Op.30/ Brass Quintet Op.31/ )
Hungaroton SLPX 12557 LP
1986 Decsényi János: Weöres Sándor Tizenkettedik szimfóniája; Utak; Vonósnégyes; Sírfelirat Aquincumból
(Decsényi, János: Sándor Weöres' Twelfth Symphony; Roads; String Quartet; Epitaph from Aquincum)
Hungaroton SLPX 12556 LP
1987 Amadinda Hungaroton SLPD 12800 LP / Reissue on CD: HCD 12855 (1994)
1988 Sztravinszkij, Igor: Menyegző - 4 zongorás (1923 ) és zenekari (1917) változat
(Stravinsky, Igor: Les Noces - 4 pianos (1923) and orchestral (1917) version)
Hungaroton SLPD, HCD 12989 "Schallplatte des Jahres" 1988
1988 Középkori, reneszánsz és barokk zene korhű hangszereken
(Mediaeval, Renaissance and Baroque Music)
Hungaroton HCD 31138
1988 Sugár Miklós: Ballada; Musica agile; Chorea; Áttűnések; Találkozások; Mozaik
(Sugár, Miklós: Ballad; Musica agile; Chorea; Dissolves; Meetings; Mosaic)
Hungaroton SLPX 12970 LP
1988 Fiatal Zeneszerzők Csoportja 1.
(Young Composers' Group - 1)
Hungaroton SLPX 12945
1989 4'33" Hungaroton SLPD 12991 LP / Reissue on CD: HCD 12991 (1994)
1990 Reich, Steve: Zene ütőhangszerekre, énekhangokra és orgonára; Zene fadarabokra; Sextet
(Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ; Music for Pieces of Wood; Sextet)
Hungaroton SLPX / HCD 31358 Reissue on CD: HCD 31358 (1995)
1990 Hollós Máté: Fölfelé hulló levelek éneke Pannon Classic PCL 8006
1991 AMADINDA Live Quintana QUI 103081
1992 Zörr Hungaroton HCD 37669
1994 Hurdy-gurdy Collection - Középkori táncok, középkori énekek
(Hurdy-gurdy Collection - Medieval Dances, Medieval Chants)
Hungaroton HCD 31428
1994 Amadinda Hungaroton HCD 12855 Reissue of Hungaroton SLPD 12800 (1987)
1994 4'33" Hungaroton HCD 12991 Reissue of Hungaroton SLPD 12991 (1989)
1995 WOMUFE - World Music Festival Budapest Hungaroton HCD 31603
1996 Sáry László: Az idő szava; Az ismétlődő ötös; stb.
(Sáry, László: The Voice of Time; Five Repeated; etc.)
Hungaroton HCD 31643
1997 Láng István: Szonáta hegedűre és zongorára, Szonáta gordonkára és zongorára, Canto per flauto solo etc.
(Láng, István: Sonata for Violin and Piano; Sonata for Cello and Piano; Canto per flauto solo etc.)
Hungaroton HCD 31641
1998 Hagyományok - Tradicionális polinéz és afrikai zene
(Legacies - Traditional Polynesian and African Music)
Hungaroton HCD 31813
1998 Márta István: Sound in Sound out - Kapolcs Riadó
(István Márta: Kapolcs Alarm)
Hungaroton HCD 31829
1999 Cage, John: Ütőhangszerekre írt kompozíciók - Legacies 2.
(Cage, John: Works for Percussion)
Hungaroton HCD 31844 Complete Edition Vol. 1 (1935-1941)
1999 Dés László: Akasztottak
(Dés, László: The Hanged)
BMC Records BMC CD 021
1999 Tihanyi László: Árnyjáték (Schattenspiel)
BMC Records BMC CD 027
1999 Eötvös Péter: Psalm 151, Psy, Triangel BIS Records BIS-CD-948
1999 Márta István művei
Hungaroton HCD 31580
2000 Melis László: Henoch apokalipszise
(The Apocalypse of Enoch)
BMC Records BMC CD 035
2000 Sztravinszkij, Igor: A katona története
(Stravinsky: Story of the soldier)
BMC Records BMC CD 041
2000 Cage, John: Ütőhangszerekre írt kompozíciók - Legacies 4.
(Cage, John: Works for Percussion)
Hungaroton HCD 31846 Complete edition Vol. 3 (1991)
2000 Cage, John: Ütőhangszerekre írt kompozíciók - Legacies 3.
(Cage, John: Works for Percussion)
Hungaroton HCD 31845 Complete Edition 2. (1941-50)
2001 Dukay Barnabás: A mélység színén
(Over the face of the deep)
BMC Records BMC CD 052
2001 Magyar Elektronikus Zene - Pongrácz Zoltán, Patachich Iván
(Hungarian Electroacoustic Music by Zoltán Pongrácz & Iván Patachich)
Hungaroton HCD 31985
2002 The Ligeti Project III Teldec 8573-87631-2
2002 Gémesi Géza művei
(Works by Géza Gémesi)
Hungaroton HCD 31940
2003 Reich, Steve: Zene 18 előadóra
(Music for 18 Musicians)
Hungaroton HCD 32208
2004 Legacies 5 - Amadinda and Friends. Live recordings 1989-1999 Hungaroton HCD 32294
2004 Sáry László: Ütőhangszeres kompozíciók
(Sáry, László: Works for Percussion)
Hungaroton HCD 32179
2004 Music Colors - Hungarian Contemporary Music (1989-2004) BMC HMIC BMC PCD 015 Not for sale - only for promotion
2004 Dubrovay László: Magyar hangok
(Dubrovay, László: Hungarian Sounds)
Hungaroton HCD 32274
2005 Sugár Miklós: Mozaik; Musica agile; Áttűnések; Felhő-variációk; Ballada; Chorea; Találkozások
(Miklós Sugár: Mosaic; Musica agile; Dissolves; Cloud Variations; Reminiscences; Ballad; Chorea; Meetings)
Hungaroton HCD 32326
2005 Druschetzky, Georg: Zeneművek üstdobra és zenekarra
(Druschetzky, Georg: Works for Timpani and Orchestra)
Hungaroton HCD 32236 Own
First recording
2010 Új Magyar Zenei Fórum 2009 zeneszerzőverseny
(New Hungarian Music Forum 2009 composers' competition)
2010 Ligeti and Kurtág at Carnegie Hall BMC Records BMC CD 162
2011 Új Magyar Zenei Fórum 2011 zeneszerzőverseny
(New Hungarian Music Forum 2011 composers' competition)
2019 The Masters Collection: Zoltán Kocsis Hungaroton HCD 32840-42 3 CDs
2023 László Vidovszky: Le piano et ses doubles, Promenade, Blackout BMC Records BMCCD294