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.

Horváth Béla


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Date of Birth

Béla Horváth was born to a family of musicians in Hungary (Pécs). He began his musical studies in his hometown of Pécs as Miklós Csikós' student. Later he was admitted to the Béla Bartók Secondary School of Music (Conservatoire) in Budapest, from where he was directed to the Franz Lisz Academy of Music by oboe artist János Kemény. He graduated with a degree in music performance and teaching in 1994 (his teacher was Emília Csánky).

In 1991 he became a member of the Hungarian State Opera's Orchestra, and from 1992 to 2000 he was a member of the Budapest Festival Orchestra. Since 2000 he has been the oboe soloist of the National Philharmonic Orchestra and he regulary works with the Concerto Budapest Orchestra. In addition to his orchestral work, he is often heard as a soloist and a chamber artist. He has played as a partner of Heinz Holliger, Maurice Bourgue, Zoltán Kocsis, the Amadinda Percussion Group and the Keller String Quartet. He has performed with the Budapest Wind Ensemble, and several Hungarian and foreign formations. Between 2014 and 2019 he was a professor of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. Since 2004 he has been a regular participant in the UMZE Chamber Orchestra's concerts as a dedicated contemporary music artist.

In 1989 he was the winner of the János Richter Woodwind Competition in Győr, and the "Artist of the Year" titel at the National Philharmonic Orchestra in 2013. He plays contemporary music on many CD recordings.
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
2000 Trio Midnight featuring Lee Konitz: On Track Wellington-Universal WELL CD 2000
2002 Serei Zsolt: Nézek fel: csak fény
(Serei, Zsolt: I look up just light)
BMC Records BMC CD 073 Further contributor: Juniku Spartakus - violin
2005 Hungarian Jazz Store BMC HMIC BMC PCD 016 Not for sale - only for promotion / 4 CDs
2005 Serei, Soós és Vidovszky művei - Rondino Fesztivál 2004
(Works of Serei, Soós, Vidovszky Rondino Festival 2004)
Magánkiadás BHKZ CD02
2008 Tihanyi László: Képzelt utazások
(Tihanyi, László: Imaginary Journeys)
Hungaroton HCD 32484
2010 Ligeti and Kurtág at Carnegie Hall BMC Records BMC CD 162
2021 Tóth Armand / Lajtha László: Fák zenéje
(Armand Tóth / László Lajtha: Music of Trees)
Rabán Zeneművészeti Bt. RB-CD-01