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.

Fekete-Kovács Kornél

trumpet, flugelhorn, arranger

Kornél Fekete-Kovács was born in 1970 in Kiskunhalas, Hungary. He studied at the Jazz Department of the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy. He is in great demand as a musician, and has worked on more than a hundred discs as a soloist or a session musician. As an arranger he is very much present in the contemporary, jazz and pop music scene in Hungary.

Of the many bands he played in earlier, Brass Age, the Kálmán Oláh Sextet, the Blacksmith Workshop should be mentioned in any case, whereas he continues to play in the László Dés Septet. He is the founder of the Budapest Jazz Orchestra, where from 1998 to 2005 he was artistic director and soloist. Since 2005 he has been the leader of the Modern Art Orchestra, and in 2006 he formed the Kornél Fekete-Kovács Quintet.

During his career he has played in renowned international bands such as the IASJ Big Band (Copenhagen), the EBU Big Band (Amsterdam-Budapest), Brande International Music Workshop Orchestra (Denmark), the UMO Jazz Orchestra (Finland), the Central European Jazz Connection and the Finnish-Hungarian Jazz Workshop.

As a composer, in addition to many short compositions he wrote the Budapest Jazz Suite, which BMC Records released on CD performed by the Budapest Jazz Orchestra. The UMO Jazz Orchestra also premiered it in Helsinki, conducted by the composer. His second full length piece written for big band was The Wayfarer, which was premiered in 2002 by the EBU Jazz Orchestra. The work was recorded by the Budapest Jazz Orchestra with David Liebman as featured soloist. (Human circle - The Wayfarer, BMC CD 088). His next major work was the Timpani Concerto, written jointly with Béla Zsoldos, followed by the suite Dedications of 2005, and Christmas Diary, which provided the material for the debut record by the Modern Art Orchestra in 2006. His most recent concert-length piece The Oak and the Bee was premiered by Wallace Roney and the Modern Art Orchestra in 2006 at the MOL Budapest Jazz Festival.

He has played at a great many festivals in Hungary and abroad with Dave Liebman, Johnny Griffin, Bob Mintzer, Peter Erskine, Gary Willis, Wallace Roney, Julian Joseph, Herbie Mann, Marilyn Mazur, Kyle Gregory, Ray Anderson, Butch Lacy, Mario Gonzi, etc.

Since 1995 he has been teaching at the jazz department of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music. He was awarded the Artisjus Music Foundation Prize three times (2000, 2004 and 2022), as well as the eMeRTon Prize - Composer of the Year (2002).

Liszt Award

Current performances of Kornél Fekete-Kovács
Koncertkalendárium (
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
Pege Aladár: Music for everybody vol.2 Magánkiadás Pege 11
1993 A Lelkiismeret - Narratív Kamaradarabok
(The Conscience - Narrative Chamber Pieces)
Leo Records CD LR 185
1995 Oláh Kálmán Sextet: Night Silence Bouvard & Pécuchet VBP 031
1998 Viszonylagos Dolgok
(Relative Things)
Leo Records CD LR 250
1998 Hárs Viktor: Contacts and Conflicts Magánkiadás PCD 006
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
1999 Bosambo Trio: Tongue-tied BMC Records BMC CD 022
1999 Black Smith Workshop: Childhood 'round 2000 BMC Records BMC CD 026 Own
1999 László Attila Band: Smart Kid BMC Records BMC CD 034
2000 Jazz+Az: Egynek Jó Volt
(Jazz+Az: One More Go)
BMC Records BMC PCD 032/A
2000 Trio Midnight featuring Lee Konitz: On Track Wellington-Universal WELL CD 2000
2000 Regős: Verbunkos - Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music Jazz Faculty Vol.1 Pannon Jazz PJ1046
2001 Budapest Jazz Orchestra: Budapest Jazz Suite BMC Records BMC CD 065 Own
2002 Horgas Eszter Arcai III. - Class Jazz Band: Spanish Night - Live Concert Gramy Records GR-034
2002 Dunai Exodus
(Danube Exodus)
Leo Records LR 352
2002 Pege Aladár: Music for everybody Hungaroton HCD 71099
2002 Tibor Márkus, Equinox Quartet: Are you free? Binder Music Manufactory BMM 0208-39224640
2003 Budapest Jazz Orchestra with Dave Liebman: Human Circle - The Wayfarer BMC Records BMC CD 088
2003 Metszetek
TOM-TOM Records TTCD 49 Károly Makk: A Long Weekend in Pest and Buda - film music
2003 Winand Gábor: Agent spirituel BMC Records BMC CD 091
2004 Tibor Márkus/Equinox: Eclectic Binder Music Manufactory BMM 0403-46-254943
2004 Eötvös Péter: Snatches
(Péter Eötvös: Snatches)
BMC Records BMC CD 097
2004 Gergő Borlai: Sausage TOM-TOM Records TTCD 59
2004 Cotton Club Singers - Luxury Geg Records GEG 010
2005 Hungarian Jazz Store BMC HMIC BMC PCD 016 Not for sale - only for promotion / 4 CDs
2005 Utcazene
(Street music)
2005 Örömkoncert 2005
(Concert of Joy 2005)
Magánkiadás DVD - Not for sale
2005 Utcazene
(Street Music)
TOM-TOM Records TTCD 68
2007 Blues egy trombitásért Magánkiadás AE521268
2007 Cotton Club Singers: Hofimánia Geg Records GEG 023
2007 Dés László: Sose halunk meg Sony - BMG 88697096092
2008 Alteregos BMC Records BMC CD 148
2009 Eclectic Path BMC Records BMC CD 159
2009 Trio3PO: Cheat Periferic Records BGCD 200
2010 Integro / Grandeur BMC Records BMC CD 177 Own
2012 Bacsó Kristóf Quartet: Nocturne BMC Records BMC CD 195
2013 Modern Art Orchestra: ZeneHajó Magneoton 5999886038151
2014 Circular BMC Records BMC CD 204
2016 Babos' Makrokozmosz BMC Records BMC CD 234
2018 Modern Art Orchestra Plays Béla Bartók: Tizenöt magyar parasztdal
(Modern Art Orchestra Plays Béla Bartók: 15 Hungarian Peasant Songs)
BMC Records BMC CD 265 Own
2020 Fekete-Kovács Kornél, Modern Art Orchestra: Foundations – Yamas and Niyamas
(Kornél Fekete-Kovács, Modern Art Orchestra Foundations – Yamas and Niyamas )
BMC Records BMC CD 297 Own
2023 Different Aspects of Silence BMC Records BMCCD321 Own