Kornelije Kovač

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Kornelije "Bata" Kovač
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Kovač promoting Festival Omladina in October 2011.
Background information
Birth nameKovács Kornél
Born (1942-01-01) 1 January 1942 (age 77)
Niš, German-occupied Serbia
GenresProgressive rock, symphonic rock, jazz-rock, classical
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, composer, producer
InstrumentsKeyboards, organ, piano
Years active1961 – present
LabelsPGP-RTB, Casa Ricordi, Philips Records, Jugoton, Komuna Belgrade, PGP RTS, ITMM
Associated actsIndexi, Korni Grupa, Zdravko Čolić, Bisera Veletanlić, Riblja Čorba, Bajaga i Instruktori

Kornelije "Bata" Kovač (pronounced [kɔ̌rne̞ːlije̞ bǎːta kɔ̂v̞atʃ]; Serbian Cyrillic: Корнелије Ковач, Hungarian: Kovács Kornél; born 1 January 1942) is a Serbian composer.

Early life[edit]

Born in Niš during World War II in the Nazi-occupied Serbia to a Hungarian father and a Serbian mother, Kovač grew up in a prominent artistic family - his grandfather was a conductor, his father a music professor and a violinist, his mother a singer in the opera choir.[citation needed]

Kovač received his early music education at the College of Music in Subotica, after which he attempted to enroll in the Belgrade Music Academy. He didn't pass the entrance exam so he entered the Sarajevo Music Academy of University of Sarajevo where he graduated from the Theory And Piano Department.[citation needed]


A composer, pianist, keyboard player, producer and arranger, Kovač's career as a professional musician started in 1961, when he formed his first band, BKB, which became a prominent jazz trio at the time. In 1963 they entered The Yu Jazz Festival, that took place in Bled (Slovenia).

After conducting the various orchestras in Bosnia, he finally joined Sarajevo's most popular pop band Indeksi. With them he had a two-month-long tour in Russia. In 1968, he moved to the Yugoslav capital, Belgrade, where he founded Korni Grupa. As a composer and a musician, he won many music contests that took place in former Yugoslavia. With Korni Grupa he entered following music festivals in Europe:

In 1979, Kovač moved to England where he collaborated in various projects, such as: the 1980 Reading Rock Festival as the keyboardist of the Jenny Darren Band. Among the prominent British musicians with whom Kovač worked while in the UK, included:

  • Bernie Marsden, guitar player of "White Snake"
  • Hans Zimmer, composer
  • Paul Jones, ex-singer of Manfred Mann
  • Andy Pask, bass player of Landscape

Recent projects[edit]

Kovač has written music for theatre, movies and television. Like the composer of pop and rock music he has been greatly successful. His songs were released on numerous LP-s in Yugoslavia, Spain, France, the United States, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Norway etc. Many of them were Golden or Platinum Records. Since 1979, he has participated in many projects in Spain, as a producer, composer or arranger.


He was married to Spomenka Stojanović until Spomenka's death with whom he has three daughters: Aleksandra, Kristina (both of whom are also involved with music) and Anja.

On 19 January 2011, Serbian broadcaster RTS announced that Kovač and his two daughters, Aleksandra and Kristina, will each compose a song and present a singer, who is representing Serbia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011.[1]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (19 January 2011). "Serbia: Kovac family to compose entry". EscToday.com. Retrieved 19 November 2015.