Balázs Kocsár


Balázs Kocsár
Conductor, principal musical director

Born in Budapest in 1963, Balázs Kocsár studied composition at the Béla Bartók Conservatory. At the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, he studied choral directing as a student of István Párkai, and later conducting under Ervin Lukács, graduating from that department with honours in 1991. He took part in master classes led by Helmuth Rilling, Jorma Panula and Péter Eötvös, and then went on to complete his education at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien, with Prof. Karl Österreicher as his adviser.

In 1989, he won third prize at Hungarian Television's Sixth International Conducting Competition, the contest's best showing from a Hungarian entrant. Between 1990 and 1993, at the invitation of József Gregor, he served as conductor at the National Theatre of Szeged before joining Ervin Lukács at the Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra, working as assistant conductor there between 1991 and 1994. From 1993 to 1999 he was music director at Debrecen's Csokonai National Theatre, where he succeeded in boosting opera performance in that city, to the great approval of both the profession and the audience. In 1999 he was recognised with the Liszt Award.

Earlier, in 1995, he won the Franco Ferrara Conducting Competition organised by the Teatro Dell'Opera di Roma in 1995, which brought him international recognition and numerous invitations. One of these led, in 1999, to his stint at Oper Frankfurt, where after his first successful performances, he was signed as first conductor (“Erster Kapellmeister”).

He has conducted in Milan, Florence, Rome, Venice, Palermo, Hamburg, Leipzig, Cologne, Antwerp, Geneva and Liège, and has also made appearances in Switzerland, France, The Netherlands, Poland, Russia and Australia.

In 2004, he returned to Debrecen for another eight years in order to take leadership of the artistic side of the city's three most important musical institutions: the Debrecen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kodály Chorus and the opera division of the Csokonai National Theatre, where he successfully performed his mandate to raise each ensemble to a uniform standard and launch them into the cultural bloodstream of Europe.

A senior lecturer at the University of Pécs since 2010, he has since 2015 also served as a department head at the Music Institute of the university's Faculty of Arts. Between 2011 and 2013 he served as music director of the Budapest Spring Festival.

He was named acting principal music director of the Hungarian State Opera in 2016, and the position was made permanent in 2017.

Since 1988, he has conducted more than a thousand performances of more than 80 different operas, ranging from Baroque works to contemporary operas, both in Hungary and abroad, in addition to collaborating on numerous DVDs and CD recordings. He was named an Artist of Merit in 2017.


Performances

2018. September 1.2018-09-01
Bánk bán – Arena of Beregszász
2018. September 11.2018-09-11
Carpathian Homeland Tour Plus: Zagreb - Erkel: Hunyadi László
2018. September 24.2018-09-24
V4 Operatour – Jenufa
2018. September 26.2018-09-26
V4 Operatour – Jenufa
2018. September 28.2018-09-28
V4 Operatour – Jenufa
2018. October 30.2018-10-30
New York tour - Bánk Bán
2018. November 1.2018-11-01
New York Tour – Mario and the Magician; Bluebeard's Castle
2018. November 3.2018-11-03
New York tour - Bánk Bán
2018. November 7.2018-11-07
New York tour - Swan Lake
2018. December 1.2018-12-01
La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West)
2018. December 4.2018-12-04
La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West)
2018. December 6.2018-12-06
La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West)
2018. December 9.2018-12-09
La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West)
2018. December 13.2018-12-13
La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West)
2018. December 16.2018-12-16
La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West)
2018. December 21.2018-12-21
FANTASIO and FORTUNIO
2019. January 10.2019-01-10
Simon Boccanegra
2019. March 30.2019-03-30
La traviata
2019. March 31.2019-03-31
La traviata
2019. April 3.2019-04-03
La traviata
2019. April 4.2019-04-04
La traviata
2019. April 6.2019-04-06
La traviata
2019. April 12.2019-04-12
La traviata
2019. May 18.2019-05-18
Manon Lescaut
2019. May 21.2019-05-21
Manon Lescaut
2019. May 22.2019-05-22
La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West)
2019. May 24.2019-05-24
La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West)
2019. May 25.2019-05-25
Manon Lescaut
2019. May 28.2019-05-28
Manon Lescaut
2019. May 30.2019-05-30
Manon Lescaut
2019. June 7.2019-06-07
Turandot
2019. June 9.2019-06-09
Turandot
2019. August 1.2019-08-01
Cavalleria Rusticana; Pagliacci
2019. August 4.2019-08-04
Cavalleria Rusticana; Pagliacci
2019. September 10.2019-09-10
The Queen of Sheba (Die Königin von Saba) — Tel Aviv
2019. October 19.2019-10-19
Erzsébet Second Act
2019. October 28.2019-10-28
Orchestral concerts
2019. November 13.2019-11-13
La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West)
2019. November 15.2019-11-15
La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West)
2019. November 17.2019-11-17
La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West)
2019. November 22.2019-11-22
La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West)
2019. November 24.2019-11-24
La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West)
2019. December 20.2019-12-20
Fantasio / Fortunio
2019. December 21.2019-12-21
Fantasio / Fortunio
2019. December 22.2019-12-22
Fantasio / Fortunio
2019. December 28.2019-12-28
Fantasio / Fortunio
2020. January 9.2020-01-09
Mefistofele — MÜPA
2020. February 25.2020-02-25
L'italiana in Algeri
2020. February 27.2020-02-27
L'italiana in Algeri
2020. February 29.2020-02-29
L'italiana in Algeri
2020. March 1.2020-03-01
L'italiana in Algeri
2020. April 10.2020-04-10
Parsifal
2020. April 13.2020-04-13
Parsifal
2020. April 16.2020-04-16
Parsifal
2020. April 19.2020-04-19
Parsifal
2020. April 23.2020-04-23
Manon Lescaut
2020. April 25.2020-04-25
Manon Lescaut
2020. April 30.2020-04-30
Manon Lescaut
2020. May 3.2020-05-03
Manon Lescaut
2020. May 16.2020-05-16
Don Carlos
2020. May 18.2020-05-18
Don Carlos
2020. May 21.2020-05-21
Don Carlos
2020. May 24.2020-05-24
Don Carlos
2020. May 25.2020-05-25
Tannhäuser
2020. May 28.2020-05-28
Parsifal
2020. May 29.2020-05-29
Don Carlos
2020. May 30.2020-05-30
Parsifal