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.

Sebestyén János

organ, harpsichord

Place of Birth
Date of Birth

After graduating from the Budapest Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in 1955, he has paid equal attention to playing the organ and the harpsichord. He has set himself the task of adapting modern music to the harpsichord; therefore, he has transcribed a number of modern piaon works for this instrument. At the same time, several Hungarian contemporary composers created - at János Sebestyén's request - new harpsichord works. In 1971 he founded the harpsichord department at the Academy of Music. Besides playing regularly in Hungary's concert halls and on the programs of the Hungarian Radio and Television, he has been a regular guest performer in Europe and in the USA. He has made recordings with Vox - New York, Discodis - Paris, CBS Italiana, Angelicum - Milan, Ariston - Milan, and Hungaroton. With Mr.Sebestyén Vox has releasd six records of the first complete edition of Liszt's organ works. In recogniton of his outsatnding artistic mertis János Sebestyén was awarded Erkel Award in 1967, Liszt Award in 1974, and the title Merited Artist in 1982. He also has been recognized in abroad: the Knight Order of the Republic of Italy has been awarded to him, and the Orderof Grande Commendador of Infant Henry in Portugal.
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
1972 Durkó Zsolt: Fire music; Iconography No.1; Iconography No.2; Altamira Hungaroton SLPX 11607 LP
1973 Zeneművek a főváros egyesítésének 100. évfordulójára
(Compositions to Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Unification of Budapest)
Hungaroton SLPX 11699 LP
1992 Grand Duet: Kompozíciók két orgonára
(Grand Duet: Music for Two Organs)
Hungaroton HCD 31464 Own
1996 Bach, J.S.: The Romantic Bach Naxos 8.552212
1997 Bach, Johann Sebastian: Adagio Naxos 8.552242
1998 Hungaroton Classic - 1999 Hungaroton HCD 31842 Sampler CD
1999 Barokk álmodozás
(A Baroque Day-dream)
Hungaroton HRC 1005 Echo Collection
1999 J. S. Bach - W. F. Bach: Versenyművek két csembalóra
(Bach, J. S. - Bach, W. F.: Concertos for Harpsichords)
Hungaroton HRC 1003 Own
Echo Collection
1999 Händel & Haydn: Orgonaversenyek
(Händel & Haydn: Organ Concertos)
Hungaroton HRC 1022 Own
Echo Collection
1999 A bécsi klasszicizmus lassú tételekben I.
(The Vienna Classicism in Slow Moments Vol. 1)
Hungaroton HRC 1047 Echo Collection
1999 My Piano Album Naxos 8.554908DX
2002 Life & Works of Bach Naxos 8.558051-54 4 CDs
2004 Bach for Meditation Naxos 8.557485
2004 Karácsonyi koncert
(Christmas Concert)
Hungaroton HCD 32281
2006 A Musical Journey - Salzburg: A Musical Tour of the City's Past and Present Naxos 2.110517 VHS
2006 A Musical Journey - Southern France: A Musical Tour of Provence, Cote d'Azur and Camargue Naxos 2.110516 DVD
2008 Eternal Piano Naxos 8.572179
2008 Panda Classics - Issue Nos. 1-3 (3CD box set) Naxos 8.503204 3 CDs
2010 Bach, J.S.: The Naxos Bach Album Naxos 8.578108