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The Tokyo based Hungarian clarinetist István KOHÁN is one of the most exciting wind instrumental soloist of today.

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). The "The Clarinet" magazine wrote about him as “The new hero of the clarinet world”.

In 2017 got the Aoyama Music Award.


In addition to his many concerts and activities he is teaching as a lecturer at Tokyo College of Music and hi is composing as well. On his concerts he plays his own compositions and arrangements and also improvises. Kohán is keenly expands the existing clarinet repertoire by writing new pieces what usually inspired by his musical roots. His father is an outstanding klezmer musician so this genre is like a native language for him. The characteristic and world famous Hungarian folk music is also a strongly inspirational source for him. 

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 has been invited to music festivals as Tokyo Spring Festival, KaposFest, La Folle Journée au Japon, Budapest Spring Festival.


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.


February 20, 2019

KYOTO - Outreach activity

February 21, 2019

SHIGA - Private concert

February 23, 2019

SHIGA - Sakira small hall, Recital

Shiho Enomoto - piano

Brahms-Kohán: Hungarian Dances

Liszt-Kohán: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12

Gershwin-Kohán: Rhapsody in blue


February 24, 2019

KYOTO - Outreach activity

March 08, 2019

TOKYO - Tokyo Bunka Kaikan - Recital hall - Secret Kiss—Contemporary Music and Noh

Kaito Nakahori: Two Different Paintings (Commissioned new work/World Premiere)[a]
Máté Balogh: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Commissioned new work/World Premiere)[b]
Peter Eötvös: Harakiri[c]
Toshio Hosokawa: Sen VI[d]
Peter Eötvös: Secret Kiss (International co-commissioned work/Japan Premiere)[e]

Noh performance: Ryoko Aoki [ce]
Flute: Kazushi Saito [abe]
Bass Clarinet: Takashi Yamane [abce]
Clarinet/Bass Clarinet: István Kohán [bc]
Violin: Masamichi Yokoshima [ae]
Cello: Tomoki Tai [abe]
Percussion: Yoshiko Kanda [abcde]

March 09, 2019

OSAKA - Rectial

More info coming soon....

March 13, 2019

TOKYO - Salon concert

Kentaro Ifuku - piano

Rie Park - viola

Mozart: Kegelstatt trio

March 14, 2019

NAGOYA - Munetsugu hall - Concert with Lajos Sárközi and his band

More info coming soon...

March 15, 2019

TOKYO - Italian Cultural Center

Shiho Enomoto - piano

Gershwin-Kohán, Liszt-Kohán, etc...

March 16, 2019

TOKYO - Kohán with Friends (Kaneko Miyuji and Sárközi Band) Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Recital hall

Clarinet: István Kohán
Piano: Miyuji Kaneko
Sárközy Band
 Violin : Sárközy Lajos
 Contrabass : Sárközy Rudy
 Cimbalom : Csík Gyula

 Clarinet Sonata No.1 in F minor, Op.120-1
 Violin Sonata No.3 in D minor, Op.108 - 2nd mov. Adagio
Brahms:"Hungarian Dances"
Bartók:"Romanian Folk Dances"
Sarasate:Zigeunerweisen, Op.20
and more

March 17, 2019

TOKYO - Kinema Club - Concert with Lajos Sárközy and his band

More info coming soon...

March 21, 2019

KYOTO - Baroque saal

Hibiki Tamura - piano

Rie Park - viola

Mozart: Kegelstatt trio

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Brahms Alone
Lakeshore Music 2017

1. Scherzo from the F-A-E Sonata Woo 2.

2. 6 Songs, Op. 3: I. Liebestreu

3. 4 Lieder, Op. 46: IV. An die Nachtigall

4. 5 Songs, Op. 72: III. O Kühler Wald

5. 5 Lieder, Op. 105: 1. Wie Melodien zeiht es mir

6. 5 Lieder, Op. 106: III. Es hing der Reif im Lindenbaum

7. Violin Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108: II. Adagio

8-11. Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 120

12-14. Clarinet Sonata No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 120

Message from France
Lakeshore Music 2016

1. Messager: Solo de Concours

2-5. Saint-Saëns: Sonata for clarinet and piano

6-8. Poulenc: Sonata for clarinet and piano

9. Debussy: Premiere Rhapsodie

10. Widor: Introduction et Rondo

11. Pierné: Canzonetta

12. Rabaud: Solo de concours

Lakeshore Music 2015

1-4. Kókai: Four Hungarian Dances

5. Weiner: Peregi verbunk

6. Weiner: Ballata

7. Bartók: Three folksongs from the county of Csík

8. Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances

9-11. Bartók: Contrasts






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Lakeshore Music Tokyo

Reiko Suzuki


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