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Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra

Conductor | Sándor Rigó Buffó

Master of Violins | József Lendvaï Csócsi

Cimbalom Principal | Ökrös Oszkár

 

Program:

Offenbach | Orpheus in the Underworld

Brahms | Hungarian Dance No.5

Brahms | Hungarian Dance No.1

Erkel | Palotás

Monti | Czardas

Radics | Titánia

Sarasate | Zigeunerweisen

Traditional | Cymbalum solo

Traditional | Polyushka Polye

Traditional | Dark Eyes

Johann Strauss | Overture to Die Fledermaus

Johann Strauss | Hail to Hungary

Tchaikovsky | Waltz of the Flowers

Johann Strauss | Overture to Gypsy Baron

Liszt | Hungarian Rhapsody No.2

Dinicu | Ciocârla

Program is subject to change

 

Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra (100 Violins)

Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra is the world’s largest gypsy symphony orchestra. It has been founded in 1985, when Sándor Járóka, Hungary's most famous gypsy soloist died. All Hungarian gypsy musicians had come to his funeral. After the ceremony they begin to play. The orchestra consists of around 60 violins, 9 violas, 6 cellos, 10 double basses, 9 clarinets and 6 cimbaloms. The repertoire includes famous Hungarian and international Gypsy Music from Monti, Dinicu to classical pieces from Brahms, Bizet, Sarasate and Khatchatourian. It has toured more than 30 countries, inspiring audiences in leading concert halls including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus and Paris Théâtre des Champs Elysées. Famous names from the orchestra include László Berki, Roby Lakatos. Quick changes of rhythm, colour, harmony and style are found in every piece they play. One has the impression to hear 100 Paganinis.

 

Conductor | Sándor Rigó Buffó

Born 1949 in Hungary, Sándor Rigó Buffó began his musical studies under his father at the age of 8. He performed in the Alexander Walker Band in 1967 and joined the Hungarian National Radio Folk Orchestra in 1968. As an independent violin soloist, he made a series of successful performances in Budapest and abroad from 1970. Sándor Rigó Buffó joined Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra from 1992 and became the Main Conductor and Artistic Director from 1997. He was awarded the Gold Cross of Merit by the Republic of Hungary in 2000 and elected as President of the orchestra in 2005.

 

Master of Violins | József Lendvaï Csócsi

József Lendvaï Csócsi was born in 1944 in Hungary. At the age of two and a half he grabbed the violin and imitated his father, a famous violinist. He joined Rajko Orchestra at ten and led the orchestra on a world tour when he was 20. In 1985 he became a member of Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra. He was awarded the Lajos Boross Award which is the highest accolades to all Gypsy violinists in1998, within the same year awarded the Gold Cross of Merit by the Republic of Hungary. On several occasions he was invited to perform as soloist with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under the baton of Iván Fischer. József Lendvaï Csócsi became the Vice President of the orchestra from 2005.

 

Cimbalom Principal | Ökrös Oszkár

Ökrös Oszkár was born in a family of musicians in 1957. He studied the cimbalom with his grandfather at six and won the Hungarian folk-music television competition for instrumental soloist category at eight. After finishing his studies with the highest awards in the Conservatoire, he joined several ensembles including the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble, Ensemble Army etc. and traveled almost all over the world from the U.S. to Australia to Vietnam. In 1974, he was invited to perform at Queen Elizabeth's birthday celebrations in London Palladium. Ökrös Oszkár is the soloist to the Hungarian Radio and Hungarian Television. He released his first solo album and was awarded the cimbalom wizard title in 1990. Hungaroton Classic released his second album entitled "Paganini of the cimbalom." in 2002. He has performed with the Budapest Festival Orchestra on various concerts, and also took part in several Gypsy bands recording. He was awarded the "Gold Cross of Merit” by the Republic of Hungary In 2001 and received "President of the Republic Honorary Medal" in recognition of his outstanding career in 2011.  

 

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