Top 10 Hungarian Classical Musicians


The Top Ten

1 Béla Bartók

Probably the best-known Hungarian composer worldwide. The most listened Hungarian classical radio station is named after him. - Alkadikce

Outside Hungary, probably Béla Bartók and Franz Liszt are most known. - Metal_Treasure

2 Zoltán Kodály

He is also a composer, but he is best known for inventing a form of education of music that is still used in Japan, and for collecting several Hungarian folk songs. One of his most famous works is Intermezzo from Háry János (give it a listen! ), which is the melody that the bells of the city hall of Kecskemét play every midday (Kecskemét is the city where the composer was born). - Alkadikce

3 György Cziffra

Worldwide known pianist who lived in France from 1968. He also has Gypsy ancestors. - Alkadikce

4 Franz Liszt Franz Liszt Franz Liszt was a prolific 19th-century Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist, conductor, music teacher, arranger, organist, philanthropist, author, nationalist and a Franciscan tertiary.

Although he could never speak Hungarian well, even the English Wikipedia regards him as Hungarian. Probably his most famous work is Hungarian Rhapsody No.2, which was used in some cartoons. - Alkadikce

5 Ferenc Erkel

He wrote the melody of the Hungarian national anthem (lyrics are written by Ferenc Kölcsey), he also composed some famous operas. - Alkadikce

6 Zoltán Kocsis

Famous pianist, he started playing the piano when he was 3. He died in 2016. - Alkadikce

7 András Batta

Contemporary cello player, he is also a music historian and a member in the jury of the classical music talent show Virtuózok. - Alkadikce

8 Ernő Dohnányi

Composer, pianist, conductor and music teacher, contemporary of Bartók and Kodály. He was also a teacher of György Cziffra. - Alkadikce

9 Béni Egressy

He composed the melody of the Szózat, which works like Hungary's second national anthem (it is played in the end of national events, while the official anthem is played at the beginning). - Alkadikce

10 Annie Fischer

From his Wikipedia article: Her playing has been praised for its "characteristic intensity" and "effortless manner of phrasing". - Alkadikce

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