Zoltán László Kovács


orchestra member, first bassoon
Education and training:
Béla Bartók High School of Music, teachers: László Hara Jr. (bassoon) and Miklós Kocsár (composition) (1983-1987)
Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, teachers: Gábor Janota and Tibor Fülemile (bassoon), Emil Petrovics and János Vajda (composition) (1987-1993)
Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, Tamás Gál and András Ligeti (conducting) (2002-2008)

Awards and recognitions:
József Kincses Composer's Scholarship (1991-1993)
Zoltán Kodály Composer's Scholarship (1994-1996)
Artisjus Award for performance activities as a bassoonist/conductor (2007)
Benedek Istvánffy Award for the best musical work of the year by a composer under age 40 (2008)
Erkel Prize (2009)

Professional career:
Hungarian State Opera - principal bassoon (1991-)
Appearances as a soloist with the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra and the Pannon Philharmonic
Chamber music appearances with the Octopus Wind Ensemble and the New Concordia Wind Quintet
Teaching at the Music Academy: scoring and score-reading (1994-1996)
Compositional activities: oratorical and orchestral works for the Miskolc Symphony Orchestra, Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, Pannon Philharmonic, Debrecen Philharmonic, MÁV Symphony Orchestra, BM-Duna Symphony Orchestra, Gödöllő Symphony Orchestra and the Budapest Strings; as a composer for chamber and choral groups, he has also written for the Budapest Cello Ensemble, the Budapest Clarinet Quartet, the Hungarian Radio Choir, the Hungarian National Choir, the Pro Musica Girls' Choir and the Kodály School's Children's Choir.
Numerous orchestra, vocal and chamber works of his (e.g. Symphony No. 1, Adagietto, Dream Dances, I Walked in the Woods and Capriccio brasiliano) have been performed regularly both in Hungary and abroad, including in Finland, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Croatia, New Zealand and Taiwan.
Studio recordings: Hungarian Radio, Hungaroton HCD 32108, 32658 and 32676
Scores: Editions BIM Switzerland, Kontrapunkt, Akkord and FAM Music Publisher
Guest conductor appearances: Budapest Strings, Hungarian Chamber Orchestra

Memberships in professional associations: member of the board of directors of the Hungarian Composers' Union, member of the Advisory Council for Support of Music Publishing, member the the governing board of ARTISJUS and member of the Hungarian Musical SocietyFirst made a corresponding member (2012) and then a regular member (2013) of the Hungarian Academy of Arts, where he takes on an active role as a composer and conductor