Hungarian clarinetist István KOHÁN is fast becoming one of the most exciting wind instrumental soloist of his generation.
Kohán launched his career when he won 1st prize and audience prize at the 11th Tokyo Music Competition, Japan in 2013. In 2015 he won 1st prize and audience prize at Japan’s most prestigious music contest the 84th Japanese Music Competition. The same year he won 1st prize and audience prize at Japan Woodwind Competition, 1st prize and Grand Prix at Akiyoshidai Music competition. He won 24 prizes at 15 competitions. In 2013 he won the Junior Prima Award (Music Division).
On his regular recitals in addition to his wide classical repertory he plays his own compositions and improvise as well. Kohán is keenly expand the existing clarinet repertoire by writing new pieces what usually inspired by his musical roots. His father is an outstanding klezmer musician then this genre is like native language for him. The other great inspiration source is Hungarian folk music.
Kohán is a Yamaha Artist. This collaboration with the Japanese company let him to reach higher levels in his musicality with the best quality of instruments.
He performed with orchestras in Japan as the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kioi Sinfonietta with conductors as Antonio Mendez, Kazuki Sawa, Toshiaki Umeda, Masahiko Enkoji, Shigeo Genda.
He born in 1990 in Budapest, Hungary. Started to learn the clarinet under his father. Then he admitted to the class of special talents at Béla Bartók Conservatory. He graduated at the Franz Liszt Academy of music Budapest in 2013. From 2014 he started his postgraduate studies at Tokyo College of Music.