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.

Lukács Miklós


Place of Birth
Date of Birth

4 February 1905, Gyula – 1 November 1986, Budapest

Conductor and opera director, a great performer of Wagner, Verdi, Brahms, Beethoven, Bartók and Kodály.

He started his studies in 1926 at the Conservatory in Leipzig, and in 1928 continued as a student of Julius Prüwer, Arthur Schnabel and Paul Hindemith in the conducting department of the Berlin Music High School.

After graduating he worked in theatres in Hamburg, Osnabrück, Münster and Greifswald until 1943 as conductor and répétiteur. Then he came back to Hungary and made his debut as a guest conductor with Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Hungarian State Opera. From July to September 1944 he was director of the Hungarian State Opera, from 1946 till 1950 principal secretary, and from 1966 till 1978 director again.

From 1949 he was head of the opera department, and from 1963 the singing department, of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music Budapest until 1975. In 1951 he became the main conductor of the Hungarian State Railway Symphonic Orchestra till his retirement in 1978, and scored successes mainly with Brahms, Beethoven and Bartók.

After 1958 he also performed abroad. He contributed to several 20th century operas: he conducted Crime and Punishment (Emil Petrovics) in 1969, Lulu (Alban Berg) in 1973 and Mózes (Zsolt Durkó) in 1977. Between 1969 and 1972 he conducted Wagner's Ring cycle with great success. He was also associated with some memorable Strauss performances (Electra, Ariadne in Naxos).

1956 Artist of Merit
1973 Kossuth Prize
1978 Artist of Excellence
1985 The Order of the Banner of the Hungarian Republic for his 80th birthday