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.

Rolla János


Place of Birth
Date of Birth

30 September 1944 (Kőtelek, Hungary) - 7 December 2023

Violinist, founder, leader and artistic director of the Liszt Chamber Orchestra.

He studied from 1957 to 1962 at the Béla Bartók School of Music as a pupil of Maria Zipernovszky. In 1969 he graduated from the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music Budapest, where he was a pupil of Dénes Kovács, and won third prize in the Hungarian National Radio violin competition.

János Rolla is the leader of the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra since its founding in 1963. He was a member of the Hungarian National Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra between 1967 and 1974. He became famous worldwide primarily as a chamber musician, performing with, among others, Maurice André, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Alexander Schneider, Henryk Szeryng és Tamás Vásáry. He founded the Zemplén Art Festival (Hungary). János Rolla has been the artistic director of the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra since 1979, since the death of the former leader, Frigyes Sándor.

At a charity concert on 14 November 2007, celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Friends of the Liszt Academy and the 132nd anniversary of the foundation of the Academy, András Batta, rector of the establishment, bestowed on him the title of “honoured teacher of the Liszt Academy”. For spreading Hungarian music nationally and internationally he was awarded the title of Artiste of Merit in 1981 and the Kossuth Prize in 1985. In 1991 the French government awarded him the légion d'honneur in the artistic category, and in 1994 he received the Middle Cross of Merit of the Order of the Hungarian Republic from Árpád Göncz. In 1996 he was made a freeman of Sárospatak. In 2004 he received the Middle Cross with Star of the Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic. In January 2006 he was awarded the main prize of the Pro Renovanda Cultura Hungariae Foundation.

János Rolla passed away in 7 December 2023 at the age of 79.
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
Vivaldi, Antonio: Fuvolaversenyek
(Vivaldi, Antonio: Flute Concertos)
Hungaroton HRC 1057 Own
Echo Collection
1976 Bozay Attila művei
(Works of Attila Bozay)
Hungaroton SLPX 11742 LP
1984 Mozart, Wolfang Amadeus: Zongoraversenyek K.450, K.453
(Mozart, Wolfang Amadeus: Piano Concertos K.450, K.453)
Hungaroton HCD 12655
1985 Mozart, Wolfang Amadeus: Zongoraversenyek K.271, K.449
(Mozart, Wolfang Amadeus: Piano Concertos K.271, K.449)
Hungaroton HCD 12685
1986 Mozart, W.A.: Clarinet Concerto - Flute Concerto K.314 Hungaroton HCD 12590-2 2 CDs
1986 Kocsár Miklós: Capricorn Concerto; Változatok zenekarra; Öt tétel: Metamorfózisok
(Kocsár, Miklós: Capricorn Concerto; Varianti per orchestra; Five Movements; Metamorphoses)
Hungaroton SLPX 12134 LP
1987 Mozart, W.A.: Gallimathias Musicum - Cassation K.99 - Divertimento K.138 Hungaroton HCD 12860
1987 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Serenade Hungaroton Own
1987 Vivaldi, Antonio: Credo RV 591; Beatus Vir RV 598; Lauda Jerusaloem RV 609; Gloria RV 589 Hungaroton HCD 11695
1990 Masters Of Classical Music Vol.1 - Mozart Laserlight 15801
1990 Masters Of Classical Music Vol.1-5 Laserlight 35800 5 CDs
1990 The Instruments Of Classical Music Vol.6 - The Cello Laserlight 15240
1990 The Instruments Of Classical Music Vol.6-10 Laserlight 15980 5 CDs
1994 Kocsár Miklós: Concerto - in memoriam ZH; Sequenze; Episodi; Elegia; Five Movements Hungaroton HCD 31188
1995 The Top 100 Masterpieces Of Classical Music Delta 35815 5 CDs
1995 Bach, J.S.: Brandenburgi versenyek
(Bach, J.S.: Brandenburg Concertos)
Hungaroton HCD 12618-19 2 CDs / Complete edition
1995 Esküvői zene
(Wedding music)
Hungaroton HCD 31472
1996 Classic Masterworks - Antonio Vivaldi Capriccio C49024
1998 Zempléni Művészeti Napok 1992-1998 Antenna Hungária AH CD 007
1999 Bach, C.Ph.E.: Oboaversenyek
(Bach, C.Ph.E.: Oboe Concertos)
Hungaroton HCD 12120 Recorded in 1978
1999 A bécsi klasszicizmus lassú tételekben II.
(The Vienna Classicism in Slow Moments Vol. 2)
Hungaroton HRC 1048 Echo Collection
1999 A bécsi klasszicizmus lassú tételekben I.
(The Vienna Classicism in Slow Moments Vol. 1)
Hungaroton HRC 1047 Own
Echo Collection
1999 300 Év Tánczene
(300 Years Dance Music)
Hungaroton HRC 1045 Echo Collection
1999 Les Mysteres de la Naissance (A születés titkai)
(Les Mysteres de la Naissance (The Mysteries of Birth))
Hungaroton HCD 31766
1999 Händel, Georg Friedrich: Vízizene HWV 348-350
(Händel, Georg Friedrich: Water Music HWV 348-350)
Hungaroton HRC 1021 Own
Echo Collection
1999 Barokk álmodozás
(A Baroque Day-dream)
Hungaroton HRC 1005 Echo Collection
2000 Mozart, Wolfang Amadeus: Zongoraversenyek K.414, K.488
(Mozart, Wolfang Amadeus: Piano Concertos K.414, K.488)
Hungaroton HCD 12472 Own
2000 Barokk pop
(Baroque Pop)
Hungaroton HCD 32007
2000 Mozart, W. A.: The Best Of W.A. Mozart Laserlight 24465
2000 Sweet Dreams - Baby's First Classics Laserlight 24458 Further contributor: Evelyne Dubourg, Deborah Sipkai, Eckart Haupt, Peter Wohlert, Herbert Kegel...
2001 50 éves a Hungaroton - Vonósművészek (1951-2001)
(Fifty Years of Hungaroton - String Players)
Hungaroton HCD 32091-3 3 CDs
2002 Dittersdorf, Carl Ditters von: Oboaversenyek Hungaroton HCD 32062
2003 Dalok és táncok a Vietórisz-kéziratból
(Songs and Dances from the Vietórisz Tabulature)
Hungaroton HCD 32133
2003 Vivaldi, Antonio: The Four Seasons Hungaroton HCD 32262
2004 Classic Moods - Mendelssohn, Debussy, Schumann, Puccini, Bizet, Grieg Capriccio C18408
2006 Haydn, Joseph: Symphonies, Concertos, String Quartets, The Creation (Masterpieces) Capriccio C49520
2011 Georg Druschetzky: 3 Divertimentos for Basset Horn Hungaroton HCD 32694
2013 101 Essential Classical Masterpieces: Bach Hungaroton
2013 101 Essential Classical Masterpieces: Vivaldi Hungaroton
2016 Ferenc Farkas: Orchestral Music, Volume Four. Music for Flute and Strings.
(Ferenc Farkas: Orchestral Music, Volume Four. Music for Flute and Strings.)
Toccata Classics TOCC 0230 Includes World Première Recordings
2017 Zoltán Kocsis – A Tribute Hungaroton HCD 32803–04 2 CDs
2019 The Masters Collection: Liszt Ferenc Chamber Orchestra Hungaroton HCD 32837-39 3 CDs
2021 Introduction to Classical Music, Vol. 1 - The Essential Classics of J. S. Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart & Others Hungaroton HCD 32854