Zoltan Kocsis is one of the great personalities of the music world: enigmatic, brilliant and hugely versatile. He is a pianist, conductor, chamber musician, composer and arranger: a true all-round musician.
Born in Budapest, Mr Kocsis began to play the piano at the age of 5. After attending music school and the Conservatory, he studied at the Ferenc Liszt Academy Budapest where his professors included Pál Kadosa and Ferenc Rados.
Zoltan Kocsis’ international career began at the age of 18 when he won the Hungarian Radio competition. He was invited to perform all over Europe, including an appearance with the Berlin Philharmonic. Since then he has toured extensively in Europe, America, Japan, the Far East and Australia, performing with orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, Chicago and San Francisco Symphonies, Royal Philharmonic and the Philharmonia. He has played under the batons of Claudio Abbado, Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev, Lovro von Matacic, Yehudi Menuhin, Sir Georg Solti, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Edo de Waart.