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Home > Tibor Kovác : Musicians > Tibor Kovác

Second Violin

Raimund Lissy
Tibor Kovác
Christoph Koncz
Gerald Schubert
Helmut Zehetner
Patricia Hood-Koll
George Fritthum
Alexander Steinberger
Harald Krumpöck
Michal Kostka
Benedict Lea
Marian Lesko
Johannes Kostner
Martin Klimek
Jewgenij Andrusenko
Shkёlzen Doli
Holger Groh
Adela Frasineanu

Tibor Kovác

Second Violin

Membership in the Vienna State Opera Orchestra: 1992
Membership in the Association of the Vienna Philharmonic: 1995
Membership in the Hofmusikkapelle: 1998

Tibor Kovác was born in 1967 in Levice (Republic of Slovakia), receiving his first violin lessons when he was four years old from his father. He studied at the Conservatory in Bratislava with A. Vrtel, at the Academy of Prague with A. Moravec and at the College of of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with M. Frischenschlager. He resumed his study later with A. Staar and B. Kuschnir. At the same time he took master classes from Z. Bron and I. Oistrach. He has won prizes at international competitions, such as: M. Abbado, Lvan Beethoven, J. Joachim) and since 1992 he is a section leader of the second violins of the Vienna Philharmonic.
He has appeared as a soloist in Japan, Taiwan and in the USA, as well as with numerous chamber music groups, having been a member of the Ensemble Vienna and a current member of the Vienna Virtuosi. In 2007 he founded the ensemble "The Philharmonics".

Tibor Kovác has been a soloist with the Slovakian Philharmonie, the Slovakian Radio Orchestra, the Virtuosi di Praga, the Janacek Philharmonie in Ostrava, the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra, the F. Liszt Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Camerata Academica Salzburg, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin, and with the Mariinsky Orchestra in St. Petersburg at the international festival "The Stars of the White Nights 2007" under the baton of Maestro Valery Gergiev.

Some of his most successful appearances include golden poster concerts in the Brahmssaal of the Musikverein in Vienna, as well as a concert in the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in New York City. For this concert Tibor Kovác was loaned the Guarneri del Jesu violin, which had once belonged to the legendary Fritz Kreisler. His appearance with Lambert Orkis in Washington D.C. was received with euphoric praise in the international media, such as the Washington Post.

At the present time Tibor Kovác performs on the Antonio Stradivari, Cremona 1724 "ex Rawark" violin which is on loan to him from the Austrian National Bank.

In addition to numerous radio and television broadcasts in the former Czechoslovakia and in Austria, Tibor Kovác has recorded CDs for HNH International, Musikleben and Radio Bratislava. Along with Vivaldi, Beethoven and Kreisler, he has also recorded a CD of operatic fantasies, as well as the entire collection of the 24 Caprices by Paganini, which was released by Gramola in Vienna in December 2005. Soon Philartis Wien will produce a live CD with Franz Bartolomey, principal cellist of the Vienna Philharmonic, performing the Double Concerto of Brahms.

Tibor Kovác gives international master classes in Italy (L'Academia Leuciana d'Arte), in Salzburg, and in Japan (Tokyo College of Music). Although the most prominent aspect in his chamber music endeavours is leading his own ensemble, "The Philharmonics", Kovác continues to appear as soloist.  In June 2010 he performed Paganini's Violin Concerto No. 2 in the Vienna Musikverein.

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