Géza Kovács was born in 1955 in Tura, Hungary. He began his career as a Chorus Master and Cultural Manager, organising national and international arts festivals. From 1989-95 he served as the Managing Director of Budapest MÁV Symphony Orchestra. Since 1995 he has been serving as the Director General of the former Hungarian State Orchestra, from 1998 with its new name National Philharmonic Orchestra Choir and Music Library.
Since 1994, Géza has been the President of the Association of Hungarian Orchestras. In 1998 he was named Vice President of the Hungarian Music Council. He has been a member of the Performing Arts Employers’ Associations League Europe (PEARLE) since 1996, and a member of the Executive Committee since 2000, Vice-President since 2014. He has been a member of International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) since 2004, member of the Board of Directors since 2008. Since 2015 he is the member of the Board of MusiQue. ( An external evaluation body on higher music education institutions in Europe and beyond.) He has lectured at various universities, directed documentary films for a multitude of TV channels, and has published essays and articles in Hungary and other countries. He is a passionate wine maker and photographer. He has been acknowledged with the ISPA Patrick Hayes Award in New York in 2014.
Music Education and Orchestras
“Music education begins in the uterus” (Zoltán Kodály). Understanding music education within the richness of contexts existing in the world. Famous methods (Kodaly, Orff, Suzuki, El Sistema…) and the role of passionate teachers on changing lives of young people ate risk all over the world.