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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.

Kovács János


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Date of Birth

János Kovács obtained his conducting diploma from the Franz Liszt Music College in 1973 where he studied under András Kórodi. He later graduated from the piano faculty. Since 1976, he has been under contract at the Hungarian State Opera House. Between 1979 to 1981, he was a musical assistant at the Bayreuth Festival. In 1984 he was awarded the Franz Liszt Prize. From 1987-1990 he was the resident conductor at the Hungarian State Opera House. Besides his work at the Budapest Opera House, he has regularly conducted the three major Budapest orchestras and has also worked widely with the Budapest Festival Orchestra. János Kovács is the principal guest conductor of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and since 1992, has been resident guest conductor of the Tokyo Philharmonic. As a guest artist, he has worked in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, and also accompanied the Hungarian State Opera to Berlin and London. He enjoyed a great success and gained much recognition as a concert and opera conductor at the Baden State Theatre. Since 2001, János Kovács has been the principal guest conductor of the Budapest Philharmonic Society. In this same year, he was awarded the Kossuth Prize for his work.

1978 Bence Szabolcsi Award
1980 Vilmos Komor Plaquette
1985 Ferenc Liszt Award
1991 Gusztáv Oláh Plaquette (theatre)
1996 Merited Artist
2001 Kossuth Prize
2003 Inter Lyra Award
2007 Bartók-Pásztory Award
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
1969 Április 4-ről Szóljon az Ének ... Hungaroton Own
1985 Erkel Ferenc: Hunyadi László Hungaroton HCD 12581-83 Recorded in 1984, 3 CDs
1989 Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix: A Midsummer Night's Dream (excerpts) / Hebrides / Songs Without Words (Kovacs, I. Fischer, Perenyi, Kocsis, Dubourg) Naxos CA15623
1992 Bartók Béla: Dalok
(Bartók, Béla: Songs)
Hungaroton HCD 31535
1992 Romantic Moments Vol.5 - Mendelssohn
(Romantic Moments Vol.5 - Mendelssohn)
Laserlight 14055
1993 Romantic Moments Vol.1-5 Laserlight 35865 5 CDs
1995 The Top 100 Masterpieces Of Classical Music Delta 35815 5 CDs
1995 Dohnányi Ernő: Simona néni
(Dohnányi, Ernst von: Tante Simona)
Hungaroton HCD 31973 First recording
1996 Classic Masterworks - Franz Schubert Capriccio C49029
1997 Sári József: Időmalom No.2; Elidegenített idézetek; Búcsú Glenn Gouldtól; Ballada; Attribútumok; Négy invenció; Concertino
(Sári, József: The Mill of Time No.2; Verfremdete Zitate; Farewell to Glenn Gouldtól; Ballad; Attributes; Four Inventions; Concertino)
Hungaroton HCD 31715
1998 Mentsük meg a Zeneakadémiát!
(Let's Save the Liszt Academy!)
Hungaroton HCD 31841
1998 Bartók Béla: Brácsaverseny; Két kép Sz.46; Brácsaverseny Sz.120 / Serly Tibor: Rapszódia brácsára és zenekarra
(Bartók, Béla: Viola Concerto (1995 version edited by P. Bartok and P. Neubauer); Two Pictures, Sz. 46; Viola Concerto (completed by Tibor Serly, 1949), Sz. 120 / Serly, Tibor - Rhapsody for Viola and Orchestra)
Naxos 8.554183
1999 Discover the Classics 3: The Concerto Naxos 8.554486-87 2 CDs
1999 Romantic Moments Vol.10 - Schubert Laserlight 14060
2000 Bartók összkiadás - Vokál-szimfonikus művek
(Bartók Complete Edition - Vocal Orchestral Works)
Hungaroton HCD 31883
2000 Sweet Dreams - Baby's First Classics Laserlight 24458 Further contributor: Evelyne Dubourg, Deborah Sipkai, Eckart Haupt, Peter Wohlert, Herbert Kegel...
2000 Sweet Dreams - Baby's First Classics Laserlight 14507 Further contributor: Deborah Sipkai, Evelyne Dubourg, Heinz Fricke, Hans Vonk, Yuri Ahronovitch...
2001 50 éves a Hungaroton - Karmesterek (1951-2001)
(Fifty Years of Hungaroton - Conductors, 1951-2001)
Hungaroton HCD 32074-77 4 CDs
2001 The Best of Bartók Naxos 8.556693
2001 50 éves a Hungaroton - Énekművészek (1951-2001)
(Fifty Years of Hungaroton - Singers)
Hungaroton HCD 32096-98 3 CDs
2004 Music Colors - Hungarian Contemporary Music (1989-2004) BMC HMIC BMC PCD 015 Not for sale - only for promotion
2004 Classic Moods - Mendelssohn, Debussy, Schumann, Puccini, Bizet, Grieg Capriccio C18408
2006 Decsényi János: Farewell to a Vanished Century - Csontváry Pictures - Sándor Weöres' Twelfth Symphony - Epitaph from Aquincum
(Decsényi, János: Farewell to a Vanished Century - Csontváry Pictures - Sándor Weöres' Twelfth Symphony - Epitaph from Aquincum)
Hungaroton Own
2013 101 Essential Classical Masterpieces: Mozart Hungaroton Own
2017 A Virtuózok felfedezettje: Boros Misi önálló koncertje a Nemzeti Filharmonikusokkal MG Records Kft. Own
2 CDs