Béla Kovács (clarinetist)

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Béla Kovács (born May 1, 1937 in Tatabánya, Hungary) is a famous Hungarian clarinetist.[1]


He graduated from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary.

Performance career[edit]

He has been principal clarinetist with the Hungarian State Opera Orchestra and the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra since 1956.

Teaching career[edit]

Kovács has been a Professor of Clarinet at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest and at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz, Austria. He has also composed a set of concert etudes for clarinet called "Hommages" that are written in the style of a number of different composers and are studied and/or performed widely today.


Hommages for Clarinet Solo

  • Hommage a J.S. Bach
  • Hommage a N. Paganini
  • Hommage a C.M. von Weber
  • Hommage a C. Debussy
  • Hommage a M. de Falla
  • Hommage a R. Strauss
  • Hommage a B. Bartók
  • Hommage a Z. Kodály
  • Hommage a A. Khachaturian

Studies and Exercises

  • I Learn to Play the Clarinet 1
  • I Learn to Play the Clarinet 2
  • Everyday Scale Exercises


  1. ^ Colin James Lawson, ed. (2001). The Cambridge companion to the clarinet. Cambridge Companions to Music. Caambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-47066-8. 

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