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.

Onczay Csaba


Place of Birth
Date of Birth

Csaba Onczay was completed his studies at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music under Antal Friss. Later he was a pupil of Vladimir Shirinsky in the Tschaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and of Andre Navarra in Siena. When he completed his studies, he became a professor of the Academy of Music. From among the numerous prizes he won at international competitions two of the most important ones have been the 1st prizes at the International Pablo Casals Competition in Budapest (1973), and The Villa Lobos Competition in Rio (1976). For his excellent performance of Kodály�s Solo Sonata he received the Liszt Prize. As a soloist he appeared in almost all the major concert halls of Europe, America and the Far East, performing with the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra, the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig, the RAI Orchestra and several American orchestras. Besides his numerous radio and television appearances he has recorded works of C.P.E. Bach, Schumann, Lalo, Villa Lobos, Dohnányi, the complete sonatas of Beethoven and the solo suites of Bach. He is a noteworthy interpreter of contemporary music, many Hungarian composers have dedicated their work to him. Parallel with his performing activity, he has made master-courses in different parts of the world. In Firenze he was the conductor of an orchestra formed by him for two years, and he is a regular guest of the most renowned international festivals.

1977 Liszt Award
1986 Merited Artist
1993 Kossuth Prize
2004 Bartók-Pásztory Award

Year Title Publisher Code Remark
1986 Schubert, Franz: Esz-dúr Zongoratrió op.100
(Schubert, Franz: Piano Trio in E flat major op.100)
Radioton SLPX 31004 Own
1989 Berwald, Franz: Zongoratriók 1-3.
(Berwald, Franz: Piano trios Nos. 1-3)
Naxos 8.555001 Own
1991 Beethoven, Ludwig van: Cello Sonatas Nos. 3-5 Naxos 8.550478
1991 Berwald, Franz: Piano Trios Nos. 1-3 Naxos 8.223170
1992 Beethoven, Ludwig van: Piano Trios 'Ghost' and 'Archduke' Naxos 8.550442
1992 Beethoven, Ludwig van: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 Naxos 8.550479
1993 Brahms, Johannes: Clarinet Trio Op.114 - Clarinet Quintet Op.115 Naxos 8.550391
1995 Immortal Beethoven Naxos 8.551165
1995 Cinema Classics Vol.11 Naxos 8.551171
1996 Beethoven, Ludwig van - Mozart, W.A.: Violin Sonatas - Piano Trio Naxos 8.553253
1998 Lendvay Kamilló: 5 Concerto
(Five Concertos)
Hungaroton HCD 31787
1998 Cinema Classics Vol.11 Naxos 8.556631
1998 Sonata - Classical Favourites for Relaxing and Dreaming Naxos 8.556609
1998 Cinema Classics Vol.12 Naxos 8.556632
2001 50 éves a Hungaroton - Vonósművészek (1951-2001)
(Fifty Years of Hungaroton - String Players)
Hungaroton HCD 32091-3 3 CDs
2001 Gottfried Keller: Der Schmied seines Gluckes Naxos NHB10682
2001 50 éves a Hungaroton - Karmesterek (1951-2001)
(Fifty Years of Hungaroton - Conductors, 1951-2001)
Hungaroton HCD 32074-77 4 CDs
2003 Krumpholtz, Jean-Baptiste: Szonáták
(Krumpholtz, Jean-Baptiste: Sonatas)
Hungaroton HCD 32153 Own
2005 Night Music, Vol. 9. Naxos 8.556823
2006 Dohnányi Ernő, Mosonyi Mihály: Vonós szextettek
(Dohnányi Ernő, Mosonyi Mihály: String Sextets)
Hungaroton HCD 32300
2008 Eternal Beethoven Naxos 8.572131
2012 Min Forste Beethoven
(My First Beethoven Album)
Naxos 8.578235
2013 Great Chamber Music - 10-CD Box Set Naxos 8.501064 10 CDs
2018 Mozart - The Complete Piano Trios Hungaroton HCD 32825-27 Own
3 CDs
2021 Romantic Cello - The Essential Classics of Schumann, Dvořak, Chopin & Others Hungaroton HCD 32855