The most important class, however, for me and for hundreds of other Hungarian musicians, was the chamber-music class. From about the age of fourteen, and until graduation from the Academy, all instrumentalists except the heavy-brass players and percussionists had to participate in this course. Presiding over it for many years was the composer Leó Weiner, who thus exercised an enormous influence on three generations of Hungarian musicians.

Sir Georg Solti
Sándor Kovács Photo: Péter Herman

Sándor Kovács

Musicology Department

Music History

 
Born: 1949, Budapest, Hungary
 
Position at Liszt Academy: PhD, professor emeritus, honorary president of the University Doctoral Board
 
Main subjects: musicology (general music history, history of Hungarian music, 20th century music seminar)
 
Education:
1972 - Diploma of Piano Teacher - Franz Liszt Academy of Music
Teacher Training College Pécs
1977 – Diploma of Musicology and Piano - Franz Liszt Academy of Music Budapest
 
Teaching experiences:
1976 - 1979 – Franz Liszt Academy's Teacher Training College Pécs – taught music history, folk music, music theory
1977 - joined Liszt Academy of Music Budapest, Head of Musicology Department between  2005 - 2011.
Since 1991 – teacher of Miskolc University – Bartók Institute of Music, his main subjects include: general music history, history of Hungarian music, music theory
2001-2005 – Managing Director of Miskolc University – Bartók Institute of Music
Since 1st July 2011 Head of Composition, Conducting, Musicology and Music Theory Dept.
 
Major areas of research:
Between 1979 – 2001 Sándor Kovács worked for the Hungarian Academy of Sciences – Institute for Musicology, where the edition of folk songs collected by Béla Bartók  was in the main focus of his scholar activity. Besides Bartók, he as a musicologist, also has been involved with the oeuvre or certain aspects of various other composers, including but not limited to Dohnanyi, Stravinsky, Webern, Berg, Schönberg, Beethoven, Liszt.
 
Major publications:
Books:
A XX. század zenéje (The music of the 20th century) - Budapest, 1981, Tankönyvkiadó.
Hungarian Folk Songs. Complete Collection by Béla Bartók; (Editors: Sándor Kovács, Ferenc Sebő) Budapest, 1993, Akadémiai Kiadó. 1206 p.
Bartók Béla – Budapest, Mágus Kiadó,  1995
Bartók nyomában (In the Steps of Béla Bartók – epilogue to the movie „Roots" (by István Gaál) – Budapest, Holnap Kiadó 2001.
 
Other major publications:
Re-examining the Bartók/Serly viola concerto – Studia Musicologica XXIII, 1981
Evolution of the 'Bartók System' – PhD thesis
 „Wir können sie in drei verschiedenen Phasen einteilen". Studia Musicologica XXXVI, 1993
Orfeusz Hangzó Zenetörténet (Orpheus: Music History in Sound) Vol.1., 6., compiling, Vol. 1-8.editing, Budapest,  Nemzeti Kulturális Alap, 1998
Chapters on Bartók, Dohnányi in the book „The Hungarian Genius" (Magyar Géniusz, edited by Árpád Rácz) Budapest, 2001 
 
Other fields of activity:
  • Editor-in-chief of the Hungarian Radio (Channel 3 Bartók) – weekly classical music review program (Új Zenei Újság)
  • Critic in leading Hungarian classical music periodicals, editor and presenter of various classical  music programs of the Hungarian Television, Hungarian Radio
  • Musical advisor of the film „Roots" (by István Gaál) about Bartók
Awards:
1985 - Szabolcsi Prize
1993 - Erkel Prize
2001 - Hauser Arnold Prize
2003 - Lajtha László Prize
 
Contact:
kovacs.sandor595[at]upcmail.hu