Kornél Fekete-Kovács graduated in 1998 from the Jazz Faculty of the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy in Budapest, Hungary. As a trumpet player, Fekete-Kovács has been one of the busiest musicians in his homeland, and has been a featured solo artist or session musician on more than one hundred recordings. As an arranger, he is very strongly presented in the contemporary, jazz and pop music scene in Europe.
Fekete-Kovács founded the Budapest Jazz Orchestra, and was the director until 2005. A year later, the present day MAO artistic director, also formed his namesake jazz ensemble, the Kornél Fekete-Kovács Quintet.
During his career, Fekete-Kovács played in renowned international bands such as the IASJ Big Band (Copenhagen), the EBU Big Band (Amsterdam-Budapest), Brande International Music Workshop Orchestra (Denmark), the UMO Jazz Orchestra (Finland), the Central European Jazz Connection, and the Finnish-Hungarian Jazz Workshop.
In addition to many short compositions, Fekete-Kovács wrote his first full length composition Budapest Jazz Suite in 2001. It was released on CD by BMC Records (performed by the Budapest Jazz Orchestra). His second full length piece written for big band, The Wayfarer, was debuted in the next year by the EBU Jazz Orchestra. The work was recorded with featuring solo appearance by world renowned saxophone player David Liebman (Human circle – The Wayfarer, BMC CD 088). The Oak and the Bee was premiered in 2006 at the MOL Budapest Jazz Festival by the Modern Art Orchestra, with special guest artist trumpet player Wallace Roney.
Kornél Fekete-Kovács has played music together with Dave Liebman, Johnny Griffin, Bob Mintzer, Peter Erskine, Gary Willis, Wallace Roney, Julian Joseph, Herbie Mann, Marilyn Mazur, Kyle Gregory, Ray Anderson, Butch Lacy, Mario Gonzi, etc.
Since 1995 Fekete-Kovács has been teaching at the Jazz Faculty of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music.