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Zoltán Kocsis

Zoltán Kocsis (Hungarian: ; born May 30, 1952) is a Hungarian pianist, conductor, and composer.

Born in Budapest, he started his musical studies at the age of five and continued them at the Béla Bartók Conservatory in 1963, studying piano and composition. In 1968 he was admitted to the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, where he was a pupil of Pál Kadosa and Ferenc Rados.[1]

In 1970, he gave his first important debuts both at home and abroad. During the following 25 years he toured all over the world, performing with the Images"[4] won "The Gramophone" Instrumental Award for that year. He won another in 2013 in the chamber category with Bartók works.

In recent years, Kocsis has taken the role of conductor, especially with the Budapest Festival Orchestra (of which he was a founder)[5] and the Hungarian National Philharmonic, where he is the current musical director.[6]


  1. ^ Hungaroton LP SLPX11711 Liner Notes.
  2. ^ Harold C. Schonberg, The Great Pianists from Mozart to the Present, Second Edition, Simon & Schuster, 1987
  3. ^ Zoltán Kocsis plays Bartók, Philips 8 CD set 475 6720.
  4. ^ Now issued as Philips CD 475 210-2.
  5. ^ See Budapest Festival Orchestra website (links).
  6. ^ See Hungarian National Philharmonic website (links).

External links

  • Zoltán Kocsis biography
  • Listing and reviews of Kocsis recordings
  • TV and Video Productions with Zoltán Kocsis
  • Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra website
  • Budapest Festival Orchestra website
  • Opus 3 Artists, Profile
  • Zoltán Kocsis biography and concert review in
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Preceded by
Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi
Principal Conductors, Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra
Succeeded by

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