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.

Nagy Ferenc


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First he was studying piano under Prof. Renée Sándor, and composition under Prof. Rezső Sugár, in the Budapest Béla Bartók Conservatory, from where he graduated in 1956. Thereafter, he became a pupil of Prof. Zoltán Vásárhelyi at the Budapest Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, where he completed his studies and obtained a diploma ‘summa cum laude’ in 1959. In 1959-60 he was a coach and conductor of the Hungarian People’s Army Artistic Ensemble; then in 1960-64 he occupied the post of conductor and choir leader at the Budapest Petőfi Theatre. In 1964 he was contracted by the Pécs National Theatre, where he conducted operatic performances and the productions of the Ballet Sopianae. In 1968 he was appointed Music Director of the Pécs National Theatre and the principal conductor of the Pécs Philharmonic Orchestra. As conductor of the orchestra and ballet ensemble, he have put in guest performances, among others, in Moscow, Leningrad, Warsaw, Bucharest, Paris, Göteborg, Bergen, Bologna and Taormina. Ferenc Nagy was a choir master of the Hungarian State Opera between 1970 and 1982, and was appointed as conductor of this prestigious musical institution in 1983. The same year, he became the principal conductor of the Budapest Concert Orchestra MÁV. Since the 1975/76 academic year, he has been a professor at the Budapest Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music.

1982 Liszt Award
1997 Vilmos Komor Plaquette
1999 Gusztáv Oláh Plaquette