This wonderful instrument followed the piano and the accordeon in my life. I fell in love with tango through Carlos Saura’s Tango movie and although at that point I started only dancing, tango music conquered me from that moment on. Bandoneón has not been taught by anyone in Hungary and few teach how to play it in Europe, so I learnt to play by myself on the instrument I received in the year of 2005. I could immediately try the genre in Orquesta Típica Budapest
, the local tango band in the city of Budapest.
In 2010 I took lessons via Skype from the Argentine bandoneónist and arranger, Julian Hasse
. During my short trips in Europe I took private classes from Michael Dolak
, in Berlin and Hector Ulises Passarella
in Rome. In 2014 I participated in the Musitango
orchestra workshop in Aix-en-Provence, France where I found the great bandoneónist, Victor Villena
, who has been teaching and helping me a lot since then. I took part in his solo bandoneón workshop in Avignon, France in February, 2015. Since the spring of 2015 I have been learning jazz improvisation from Bert Seager
, a great Boston based jazz pianist.
I have been playing with different orchestras since the beginning, luckily with great musicians.
I played with one of the best tango orchestras in Europe, Ensemble Hyperion
, as a second bandoneónist in Tuscany and in Switzerland, I also participate on their CD, Remembranzas
in several of the numbers. Currently I have a tango project with Lanner Quartet
, the string quartet formed by musicians of the Budapest Festival Orchestra
and another project with my tango trio, Flowtango
with pianist Éva Gárdos and violinist Eszter Horváth.
As a freelancer I have been invited to cooperate with different types of groups and projects: I played with tango groups, a symphony orchestra, a string quartet and a mixed choir.
My first instrument was an Alfred Arnold
(the most popular and important make in the bandoneón world), now I am playing a new Fischer
(one of the few makes that are currently produced in Argentina).
If you want to invite me to play, contact me via the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The bandoneón is an instrument of German origin, it was invented inthe 1830’s to replace the church organ. Legend has it that sailors from Europe brought it once to Buenos Aires where it soon became the most important instrument of Argentine tango (the „soul” of tango). It was part of the so called orquesta típica, the traditional tango orchestra, already in the early stages of tango history. Its popularity is rising nowadays around the world, jazz and experimental musicians like to use it and find new roles for this stunning instrument.
The bandoneón has always been produced in Europe and exported to Argentina and Uruguay (the one made for tango musicians) but for a few years there have been luthiers who also made bandoneóns.
Its principle of operation is same as that of the accordeon, but the bandoneón has only buttons on the sides, and each button makes the sound of one note at the same time, but a different sound when pulling and pushing.
In the video made by Origo.hu accordeonist Katalin Agnecz and I explain the difference between the two instruments (in Hungarian).
In the press, on the web:
A tangó lelke
Mit dem Bandoneon zu sich selbst
A Lanner kvartett visszatért