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 Ervin


Place of Birth
Date of Birth

9 August 1928 Budapest - 18 February 2011

Eminent Hungarian conductor Ervin Lukács was born in Budapest, in 1928. Having commenced his musical studies as early as at the age of seven, he learned composition with Professor Rezső Sugár in the Budapest at the Béla Bartók Conservatory in 1950-51, then studied conducting under Professor László Somogyi at the Budapest Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in 1951-56, where his professors included Zoltán Kodály and Ferenc Farkas. He obtained a conductor�s diploma in 1956.

Between 1954 and 56, Ervin Lukács was the conductor of the Hungarian People�s Army Artistic Ensemble, with which he toured in the G.D.R. and China. In 1956-57 he was the principal conductor of the Miskolc Opera House and the Miskolc Symphony Orchestra. He was professor at the department for conducting of the Academy of Music, between 1956 and 59. Since 1957 Ervin Lukács has been conductor in the Budapest Sate Opera. In 1961-62, respectively, he attended the master class held by Franco Ferrara in Venice and in Rome�s Accademia di Santa Cecilia. In the 1962 Rome Santa Cecilia International Concours for conductors, Ervin Lukács was awarded the absolute first prize. In the wake of his signal success, he conducted the RAI Symphony Orchestra and the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome, and appeared in the concert halls of Cagliari, Genoa, Palermo and Venice. Besides regularly conducting in the Budapest State Opera, in Hungary�s concert halls and in the studios of the Hungarian Radio and TV, he conducted several concerts of the Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra in Britain, the U.S., Japan, Australia, the G.D.R. He appeared as guest conductor in almost every European country, in Cuba, and made five different extensive tours of the major cities of Japan, standing at the helm of various eminent Japanese symphony orchestras.
In 1981 he conducted Bartók�s Duke Bluebeard�s Castle at the Prague Spring Festival, and in La Scala Opera House, Milan. In the same year he led several concerts of the NHK Symphony Orchestra the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra in the major cities of Japan. In 1982, Ervin Lukács with the Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra made an extensive tour of Britain, and put in his first-ever guest performances in Mexico and Venezuela.

In appreciation of his outstanding merits for spreading Hungarian musical culture at home and abroad, Ervin Lukács was awarded the Liszt Award, Bartók-Pásztory Award, Korruth Prize, the title of Merited Artist and Excellent Artist was conferred upon him.
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
Mozart, W.A.: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in D minor K.466 Hungaroton LPX 1223 LP
Mozart, W.A.: C-dúr zongoraverseny K.467 - C-dúr fantázia és fúga K.391 Hungaroton LPX 1249 LP
1958 Bartók Béla: Szonáta két zongorára és ütőhangszerekre
(Béla Bartók: Sonata für zwei Klavier und Schlaginstrumente)
Qualiton HLP MK 1517 LP
1981 Great Soprano Arias Hungaroton LP
1983 Dávid Gyula: Brácsaverseny; Hegedűverseny; Sinfonietta
(Dávid, Gyula: Concerto for Viola and Orchestra; Concerto for Violin and Orchestra; Sinfonietta)
Hungaroton SLPX 12452 LP
1995 Esküvői zene
(Wedding music)
Hungaroton HCD 31472
1996 Sass Sylvia: Mozart - Wagner Hungaroton HCD 12671
1998 Zempléni Művészeti Napok 1992-1998 Antenna Hungária AH CD 007
1998 Mentsük meg a Zeneakadémiát!
(Let's Save the Liszt Academy!)
Hungaroton HCD 31841
1999 A bécsi klasszicizmus lassú tételekben I.
(The Vienna Classicism in Slow Moments Vol. 1)
Hungaroton HRC 1047 Echo Collection
1999 Népszerű opera balettek
(Famous Opera Ballets)
Hungaroton HRC 1004
1999 300 Év Tánczene
(300 Years Dance Music)
Hungaroton HRC 1045 Echo Collection
1999 A bécsi klasszicizmus lassú tételekben II.
(The Vienna Classicism in Slow Moments Vol. 2)
Hungaroton HRC 1048 Echo Collection
2001 50 éves a Hungaroton - Karmesterek (1951-2001)
(Fifty Years of Hungaroton - Conductors, 1951-2001)
Hungaroton HCD 32074-77 4 CDs
2001 50 éves a Hungaroton - Énekművészek (1951-2001)
(Fifty Years of Hungaroton - Singers)
Hungaroton HCD 32096-98 3 CDs
2001 50 éves a Hungaroton - Vonósművészek (1951-2001)
(Fifty Years of Hungaroton - String Players)
Hungaroton HCD 32091-3 3 CDs
2008 Sugár Rezső: Partita vonószenekarra / Metamorfosi / Szvit
(Sugár, Rezső: Partita for string orchestra / Metamorfosi / Suite)
Hungaroton HCD 32487
2014 Annie Fischer: The Centennial Collection Hungaroton HCD 41011 3 CDs
2014 Annie Fischer: The Essential Collection Hungaroton HCD 32730
2016 Sass Sylvia: Jubileumi kiadás
(Sylvia Sass: Anniversary Edition)
Hungaroton HCD 32788–89 2 CDs
2019 The Masters Collection: Liszt Ferenc Chamber Orchestra Hungaroton HCD 32837-39 3 CDs
2021 Beethoven - The Essential Classics of the Great German Composer Hungaroton HCD 32857