János Béres was born in 1930 in Gagybátor, Borsod county. In 1955, he graduated from the Erkel Ferenc Conservatory majoring in oboe-private, and in 1960 he graduated from the Szeged Pedagogical College majoring in vocal music. From 1951 to 1953, he was a dancer and then a flute soloist in the State Folk Ensemble.
From 1952 to 1975, the VI. and then the III. was a teacher at the district State Music School, he started the flute education in Hungary, for which he wrote twelve textbooks. In 1975, he founded the country’s first folk music school, the Óbuda Folk Music School. In 1960, he founded the Béres Folk Chamber Ensemble.
Between 1951 and 2005, as an employee of the Hungarian Radio, he was one of the initiators of the radio’s rural folk music recordings and the organizer of 9 national folk music festivals. He has given concerts in almost every country in Europe, in addition to Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the United States. Four CDs were made of his recordings in the Gems of Hungarian Folk Music series.
He received several awards for his versatile work: the Rádió Folklore Grand Prize (1971), the Ferenc Földes Prize (1986), the János Apáczai Csere Prize (1997), the Knight of Hungarian Culture (2006), the József Eötvös Prize (2010), the Kossuth Prize (2014).