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Famous Composers from Hungary

List of notable or famous composers from Hungary, with bios and photos, including the top composers born in Hungary and even some popular composers who immigrated to Hungary. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Hungarian composers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These composers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known composer from Hungary is included when available.

List features people like Franz Liszt, Béla Bartók and more!

This historic composers from Hungary list can help answer the questions "Who are some Hungarian composers of note?" and "Who are the most famous composers from Hungary?" These prominent composers of Hungary may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Hungarian composers.

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    Alexander Laszlo was a Hungarian-American pianist, musical composer, arranger and inventor. He was born Sandor Totis, but used the professional name of Alexander Laszlo as a composer and music publisher. Lazlo studied piano at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, and started as a pianist at the Blüthner ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 75 (1895-1970)
    • Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
    • Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Arranger, Pianist, Film Producer + 3 more
    • Credits: Attack of the Giant Leeches, The Amazing Mr. X, One Body Too Many, Midnight Manhunt, Double Exposure + 30 more
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    Béla Viktor János Bartók was a Hungarian composer and pianist. He is considered one of the most important composers of the 20th century; he and Liszt are regarded as Hungary's greatest composers. Through his collection and analytical study of folk music, he was one of the founders of comparative ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 64 (1881-1945)
    • Birthplace: Sânnicolau Mare, Romania
    • Profession: Pianist, Ethnographer, Composer
    • Credits: Melinda and Melinda, Histoire(s) du cinéma, Simon the Magician, Trainwreck, Palo y hueso + 3 more
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    Edward Kilenyi was a film score composer. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 84 (1884-1968)
    • Birthplace: Békésszentandrás, Hungary
    • Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Author, Composer, Teacher
    • Credits: Abie's Irish Rose, International Crime, Clipped Wings, His People, Because of Eve
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    Ernő Dohnányi was a Hungarian conductor, composer and pianist. He used a German form of his name, Ernst von Dohnányi, on most of his published compositions. The "von" implies nobility, and, according to the biography by his third wife, his family was ennobled in 1697 and given a "seal," which she ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 83 (1877-1960)
    • Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia
    • Profession: Conductor, Composer
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    Ferenc Farkas was a Hungarian composer. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 95 (1905-2000)
    • Birthplace: Nagykanizsa, Hungary
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Composer
    • Credits: Two Half Times in Hell, Stars of Eger, The Loves of Liszt, Drama of the Lark, Men on the Mountain
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    Franz Lehár was an Austro-Hungarian composer. He is mainly known for his operettas, of which the most successful and best known is The Merry Widow. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 78 (1870-1948)
    • Birthplace: Komárom, Hungary
    • Profession: Conductor, Actor, Composer
    • Credits: The Merry Widow, The Merry Widow, The Rogue Song, Where the Lark Sings, The Merry Widow + 5 more
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    Franz Liszt is a film score composer. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 75 (1811-1886)
    • Birthplace: Raiding, Austria, Austria
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Priest, Pianist, Composer, Virtuoso
    • Credits: The Cat Concerto, Impromptu, One Hundred Men and a Girl, Lisztomania, Rhapsody + 8 more
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    Franz von Vecsey was a Hungarian violinist and composer, who became a well-known virtuoso in Europe through the early 20th century. He was born in Budapest and began his violin studies with his father, Lajos Vecsey, and at the age of eight he entered the studio of Jenő Hubay. Two years later, aged ten, ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 42 (1893-1935)
    • Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
    • Profession: Composer, Violinist
    • Credits: The Court Concert
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    György Kurtág is a Hungarian composer. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 89
    • Birthplace: Lugoj, Romania
    • Profession: Pianist, Music Teacher, Composer
    • Credits: Histoire(s) du cinéma, Tender Son - The Frankenstein Project, Dancing Figure
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    Ignác Mihályi

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    • Age: Died at 43 (1843-1886)
    • Birthplace: Kalocsa, Hungary
    • Profession: Composer
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    Joseph Kosma was a Hungarian-French composer. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 64 (1905-1969)
    • Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Composer
    • Credits: The Grand Illusion, The Rules of the Game, Children of Paradise, The Crime of Monsieur Lange, Elena and Her Men + 39 more
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    Gyula Julius Dobos is a composer and music producer, best known for his electronic and orchestral music releases worldwide, and for his film scores and music used in major motion pictures and television programs in Europe and in the United States. With Mountain Flying, his most popular album up to date, ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 39
    • Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Composer
    • Credits: Europe Express
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    Karl Goldmark

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    Karl Goldmark, born as Károly Goldmark and later sometimes known as Carl Goldmark; May 18, 1830 – January 2, 1915) was a Hungarian composer. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 85 (1830-1915)
    • Birthplace: Veszprém, Hungary
    • Profession: Composer
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    Miklós Rózsa was a Hungarian composer trained in Germany, and active in France, England, and the United States, with extensive sojourns in Italy from 1953. Best known for his nearly one hundred film scores, he nevertheless maintained a steadfast allegiance to absolute concert music throughout what he ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 88 (1907-1995)
    • Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
    • Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Actor, Composer
    • Credits: Ben-Hur, Double Indemnity, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, Spellbound, King of Kings + 91 more
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    Péter Eötvös is a Hungarian composer and conductor. Eötvös was born in Odorheiu Secuiesc/Székelyudvarhely, Szeklerland, Transylvania. He studied composition in Budapest and Cologne. From 1962, he composed for film in Hungary. Eötvös played regularly with the Stockhausen Ensemble between 1968 and 1976. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Odorheiu Secuiesc, Centru, Romania
    • Profession: Conductor, Composer
    • Credits: Cats' Play, Age of Illusions, Memories of a River
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    Róbert Gulya is a Hungarian composer. He composes contemporary classical music as well as film scores. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: Gyöngyös, Hungary
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Composer
    • Credits: S.O.S. Love!, Truce, Thelomeris, Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn, In the Name of Sherlock Holmes + 4 more
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    Thomas Rajna is a Hungarian-born composer and pianist, domiciled in Cape Town in South Africa since 1970. He started to play the piano and compose at an early age and studied at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music where he won the Liszt Prize in 1947. That year he left Hungary to settle in London and ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 87
    • Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
    • Profession: Pianist, Composer
    • Credits: Jet Storm, Seven Years in Tibet
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    Zoltán Jeney

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    Zoltán Jeney is a Hungarian composer. Jeney first studied piano and attended Pongrácz's composition classes at the Debrecen Secondary Music School, later continuing composition studies with Ferenc Farkas at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest, and the pursuing postgraduate studies with ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 72
    • Birthplace: Szolnok, Hungary
    • Profession: Composer
    • Credits: Legenda a nyúlpaprikásról, Szindbád, The Revolt of Job, Kalah
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    Zoltán Kocsis is a Hungarian pianist, conductor, and composer. Born in Budapest, he started his musical studies at the age of five and continued them at the Béla Bartók Conservatory in 1963, studying piano and composition. In 1968 he was admitted to the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, where he was a pupil ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
    • Profession: Conductor, Pianist, Composer
    • Credits: Zoltan Kocsis: Piano Recital
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    Zoltán Kodály was a Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist, pedagogue, linguist, and philosopher. He is best known internationally as the creator of the Kodály Method. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 85 (1882-1967)
    • Birthplace: Kecskemét, Hungary
    • Profession: Music Educator, Composer, Ethnomusicologist
    • Credits: Sunday's Children, Háry János, Háry János
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