At the age of 18, Hungarian-born clarinettist Zoltán Kovács won the Concertino Praga competition and thus launched his international career. His teachers included the clarinet legend Dieter Klöcker and the illustrious composer and clarinettist Jörg Widmann. As a student in Freiburg he received the sponsorship award of the Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft (Association of Arts and Culture of the German Economy) and a scholarship from Villa Musica.
He makes regular guest appearances as a chamber musician at renowned festivals such as Heidelberger Frühling, Schumannfest Düsseldorf, Europäisches Musikfest Stuttgart and the Berliner Festspiele, and gives concerts across Europe with the ensemble Consortium Classicum, Ascolta, Ensemble Modern, the Vogler Quartet and the Minguet Quartet. Kovács likewise has a large number of recordings and radio premieres to his name.
He has taught at the Trossingen University of Music since 2005 and gives masterclasses internationally. He is also a tutor for the chamber music week of the Deutsche Mozart Gesellschaft (German Mozart Society) and the International Regions Symphony Orchestra of the Landesmusikrat Baden-Württemberg (State Music Council of Baden-Württemberg). In 2013, he gained a PhD as an instrumentalist from the Academy of Music in Łódź.
Last updated: February 2019