Ludovic Bács

The Hungarian-born Romanian conductor, composer, violist and pedagogue, Ludovic Bács, began his musical training in his hometown of Petrila. Initially he studied violin with Joseph Faubich; followed by studies at the high state school of Petrosani. During the school days he played as instrumental in the city’s symphonic band, led by Professor Julius Horáček. Between 1948 and 1951 he continued his studies at the Conservatory of Music in Cluj-Napoca; then, between 1951-1956, he obtained a scholarship to study at the Conservatory of Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in Moscow. He also studied in 1948-1949 at the Cluj-Napoca Collge of Philosophy.
In 1957 Ludovic Bács started to work in the Symphonic Orchestra of Romanian Radio, first as a viola player, then as a conductor, and in 1964 was appointed as Artistic Director. From 1958 until his retirement in 1991, he had a continuous work in radio, as conductor and artistic director of Orchestra of Studio Radio Bucharest; from 1990, he is conductor of the Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra. In 1966 he founded the music ensemble Musica Rediviva in Bucharest, the first group of performers to render ancient Romanian music. He made many tours in the country and abroad (USSR, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, the GDR, West Berlin, the FRG, Netherlands, Argentina, Switzerland, Spain, France, Italy, Austria) with those orchestras and has made numerous recordings. His repertoire includes musical works from the periods of Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Modern and contemporary Romanian and universal. Over his whole career, Ludovic Bács has discovered and exposed a huge amount of ancient Romanian music, which he transcribed, harmonised and orchestrated to bring them before the public. He has given special attention to contemporary Romanian composers and works (Anatol Vieru, Tiberiu Olah, Ştefan Niculescu, Cornel Ţăranu, Aurel Stroe, Dan Dediu, Cristian Creţu and Christian Muck), performing numerous premieres of Romanian works.

From 1962 to 1968 (or from 1960 to 1966 according to The International Who’s Who 2004) Ludovic Bács was assistant lecturer at the Music Academy in Bucharest, later becoming associate professor in the classes of orchestral conducting, score reading, and chamber music.

Ludovic Bács is a member of the Romanian Composers’ Union. His awards include: Cultural Merit Award, the Medal of Labour, Prize of Theatre Music Association. His works include: orchestration of J.S. Bach’s Art of the Fugue (BWV 1080) on record), numerous adaptationd from 15th-18th century music: J.S. Bach, Monteverdi, Backfareg, from Codex Caioini a.o.; Suitá de Musicá Veche 17th-18th century, Variations Sinfoniques e Double Fugue sur un Thème Populaire HongroiseTrois Madrigales pour ChoeurVariations et Fugue sur une Colinde RoumainePotpourrie sur des Colindes. (source)