JÁNOS KOVÁCS

János Kovács conductor graduated in 1973 at the Franz Liszt Music Academy. After finishing his studies he started to work as a director of chorus in the Hungarian State Opera; in 1976 he was appointed conductor, from 1987 to 1990 he worked as a leading conductor. Between 1978 and 1980 he took part in organising Bayreuth Festivals as a music assistant.

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As a leader of three relevant Budapest orchestras he performs on a regular basis, and as a guest conductor he participated in the program of Budapest Festival Orchestra as well. In 2003 and 2006-2007 he held the position of  deputy director of music of the Hungarian State Opera. In the fall of 2007 he became leading conductor. He performed with great success in opera and concert performances of Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, National Theater Bratislava and Komische Oper in Berlin. He went on tours in Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Spain Portugal, Switzerland, Japan, Mexico among other countries. For many years he held the position of leading guest conductor of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra and of the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra.

Recently he is the honorary conductor of the Tokio Philharmonic Orchestra. His life-work covers major operas of the classical and romantic period as well as contemporary music including first performances of several Hungarian pieces. In 2014/15 season he worked as leading conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of the Hungarian Radio. He has published several CD-s.

János Kovács is a life member of the Hungarian State Opera and has been awarded with several prizes including Artist of Merit, Liszt Prize, Bartók-Pásztory Prize and Kossuth Prize.

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