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2017 Performers


Dűvő Band, Hungary

The Dűvő Band was established in 1979 and began their performing career in 1981. The band plays Hungarian folk music keeping the Hungarian traditional style. Their audience can listen to music of each ethnic groups of the Carpathian Basin. Not only they perform but they also collect folk music and teach them as well. The Band performed at numerous Hungarian festivals and had the opportunity to do concerts abroad.

Throughout the years Dűvő had many changes of musicians, but today’s band’s members work together since 2008. The founder Hrúz brothers, Dénes and Szabolcs welcomed Albert Mohacsy and Zsolt Nagy from the Meta Band and singer, winner of the „Felszállott a páva” Hungarian Folk music contest, Júlia Kubinyi.

The band received one of Hungary’s most prestigious prize, the „Népművészet Ifjú Mestere” in 1983 and twice the „Kiváló Együttes” award.

The county of Nógrad awarded Dűvő the Madách Imre prize, and the city of Salgótarján acknowledged their achievements with the Pro-Arte and Pro-Urbe awards.

Dénes and Szabolcs Hrúz play eight instruments and perform also duets. Their new record was released with the title, Ketten.


István Berecz, Hungary

As the son of the world famous Hungarian folk singer and storyteller Berecz András, István’s interests towards Hungarian folklore are grounded in his early childhood. He improved his folk dance skills in various dance ensembles, under the patronage of the best old dance masters from the Carpathian Basin’s remote regions, where folk traditions are still alive. He won three times the highest acknowledgement for Hungarian folk dancers, the Golden Spur award and became a Gold Spurer for life. He was chosen to “Hungary’s best male folk dancer” in 2009. He won the first season of the “Fölszállott a Páva” Hungarian folk talent show in the solo dancer category in 2012 and later was invited to be on the judge panel. He was delegated to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival of Washington DC in 2013. Currently he is the folk art director of the “Womex Top Label”-awarded Fonó Music Hall. He also worked as a choreographer for the National Theatre.


Forrás Hungarian Folk Band from Vancouver Canada

Forrás Hungarian Folk Band from Vancouver, Canada

Forrás Banda (pronounced: FOUR-rahsh BUN-duh) was formed in 1997. Since then it has grown to become a driving force in the Hungarian folk scene in North America. The ensemble plays traditional village music from Central Europe and its members have regularly studied with master musicians in Hungary and Transylvania.

Forrás Banda's performances are both entertaining and educational as the players present the traditional lifestyle and work of the peasant musician. They have a broad repertoire accompanying dance troops, presenting musical concerts and the traditional Táncház (Hungarian folk dance parties).

Forrás Banda prides itself in the authenticity of its music. Their work focuses on the acquisition, preservation and presentation of their Hungarian musical heritage. Their repertoire also includes music of Romanian and Romani origin but particularly focuses on music from Transylvania. They play stringed instruments such as violin, a modified viola called the kontra and double bass.

Forrás Banda also plays more unique instruments such as the cimbalom (hammered dulcimer), furulya (shepherd's flutes), duda (bagpipes), ütőgardon (percussive cello), tapán (moldavian drum), koboz (moldavian lute) and tambura (tamburica).

Residing in Vancouver and Seattle the band performs regularly entertaining audiences across Canada and the US.


Laszlo Tihanyi

Laszlo Tihanyi is a native of Hungary and has resided in Oakland, California since September 2013.

Since his arrival, Laszlo has been the Assistant Artistic Director and Principal Dancer of Eszterlanc Hungarian Folk Dance Ensemble.

His background as a amateur Hungarian folk dancer and dance teacher has led the group to invite him from Hungary for leadership and teaching roles in the United States.

Laszlo received his Bachelor of Science in Hungarian folk dancing and folk dance coaching from the Dance Academy Budapest, Hungary.

 

 

 

 


Viktória Szabó

Viktoria Szabo was born and raised in Szeged, Hungary. She started dancing ballet at the age of 5 until she immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of 15.

Dancing was everything to her, so she felt very lost here until Eszterlanc started up again in 1999 when she joined. She was already in love with Hungarian folk dance since at an early stage she attended dance practices with her mother who was a dancer in a Hungarian folk dance group for 20 years in Szeged, Hungary. Hungarian folk dancing gave Viktoria her identity back as a dancer and as a Hungarian living in the United States.

In 2004, she became the artistic and costume director of the group until 2016 when she felt for maternity leave. Throughout her 12 years as artistic director she attended dance camps, workshops and festivals to bring in new material to the group and to further her knowledge in Hungarian folk dance and culture. She has rejoined the group recently as assistant to Laszlo Tihanyi and as the costume director. Keeping Eszterlanc Hungarian folk dance ensemble alise is vital to her as she would like to pass on everything she has learned to the future generations, including her daughter.


Eszterlanc Folk Ensemble

The Eszterlanc Hungarian Folk Ensemble is a performing group based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our mission is to promote and present traditional Hungarian folk dances and to preserve the history of Hungarian folk culture in all its forms.

The dance group has been celebrating and showcasing Hungarian folk culture in the Bay Area since 1977 through presentations to the Hungarian community and the general public.

The Ensemble consists of twenty to forty adults ranging from age 14 and up. Most are of Hungarian heritage, although membership has never been limited to those with Hungarian backgrounds. The dancers receive their training in the Ensemble as well as from guest teachers and at workshops statewide. The community served by Eszterlanc is vast, as appearances include international festivals, social events, patriotic holidays, and ethnic events. The Hungarian community alone, the group's most supportive audience, numbers in the tens of thousands in California.


Mazsola Hungarian Children's Folkdance Ensemble

Mazsola Hungarian Children's Folkdance Ensemble was founded in 2007 in Hayward, CA. The ensemble's mission is to enrich the lives of children from all ethnic backgrounds by introducing them to Hungarian folk culture through dance, music, and folklore with the goal of preserving and passing on the Hungarian heritage.

In its three years, the group has grown from ten young dancers to over thirty and expanded from one class to three classes of different age groups, ranging from age 3 to 13.

The ensemble performs several times throughout the year in various community events. Mazsola dancers gather every Saturday to share their joy of Hungarian dancing and music in a fun, friendly and engaging environment.


A Beautiful Violin

A Beautiful Violin comprises the collaboration of Tibor and Yelena. Tibor demonstrates his artistry as a DJ, violist and entertainer, while Yelena provides a canvas with her skilled accompaniment on the piano. Tibor and Yelena play a variety of cultural songs, including Italian, Irish, Vietnamese, Chinese, and of course, Hungarian. Today they will treat us to beautiful Gypsy and Nóta music in the engaging and playful style they are known for.

Tibor Horvath - Violinist
Tibor Horvath, a Bay Area native, began playing the violin at the age of 8. At age 12, he began studying with Istvan Farkas, a Hungarian Gypsy, for a period of two years. At 16, he started performing in restaurants and for private engagements, and continued his musical education with various other teachers. His father came to the USA from Hungary in 1956.

Yelena Savchenko - Pianist
Yelena Savchenko came to the United States from Russia in 1990. She has a degree in piano performance and a degree in music theory, and was a music teacher at the Khmilnitsky Music College in the Ukraine. Tibor and Yelena met through a mutual friend and began performing together in February, 1992. They have been making their living playing Gypsy music since 1996, and currently play for private engagements.

63 Bovet Rd. #342, San Mateo, CA 94402 - (650) 345-3886 - www.abeautifulviolin.com


Vadalma

Exploring vibrant, intimate arrangements of old Hungarian folk songs, Vadalma (“Wild Apple”) is a collaborative project led by Zina Bozzay with Matthew Szemela and Misha Khalikulov. Zina brings songs directly from village traditions around the Carpathian Basin, and together the musicians blend traditional and historical roots with their own handmade accompaniment to craft personal renditions of these rich songs.

Zina Bozzay – voice
Matthew Szemela - violin
Misha Khalikulov - cello


 

Orsolya Sapszon and Bálint Sapszon

Orsi and Bálint were born in Budapest, Hungary surrounded by music in a family of musicians. They both studied music from a very early age in the Zoltán Kodály Hungarian Choir School. Their duo was formed in 2013 from which point they regularly give concerts together. They have performed in venues such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Universal Studios in Los Angeles, the Atherton Hall in Honolulu, Hawaii. They represented Hungary in 2013 at an international music festival organized by the European Consulates in Los Angeles and UCLA. 

Orsi (vocal)

Orsi studied classical voice in the Saint Steven Conservatory of Music, jazz and pop vocal in the Music School of Kobanya. She's been a member of the Gringo Sztár band which is among the most popular Hungarian pop groups. Since 2012 she's been singing with the a capella jazz vocal group Octovoice. She is also the leader of her own group the Sapszon Orsi Quintet. In 2015 she released her first solo album.

She was finalist of the 2017 Eurovision "A DAL" Hungarian song contest with her song, "Hunyd le szemed" composed by Bálint.

Orsi lives in Budapest, she's a well-known singer of the Hungarian music scene. 

www.facebook.com/sapszonorsi

Bálint (piano)

Bálint was educated in the Béla Bartók Conservatory and the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music where he graduated as a jazz composer and arranger. He moved to Los Angeles in 2007 to study film scoring, from which point his prolific work has been performed internationally. 

Bálint performs piano internationally and has received various national and international awards, including the first price of the Hungarian Jazz Composition Contest or the Fulbright Scholarship.

He has served on and led various Hungarian culture and arts organizations in Los Angeles until his 2014 move to the Bay Area, where he actively continues his Hungarian cultural event volunteer and organizational work. As a film composer and with his company Budapest Scoring he is credited in over 60 international film productions on the Internet Movie Database. 

www.balintsapszon.com

 

 

 


Eszterlanc Folk Ensemble

Corvinus Hungarian Chamber Chorus, San Francisco Bay Area

Corvinus Hungarian Chamber Chorus was established in 2015. Our members are a diverse range of Hungarian musicians. The Chorus is committed to offering the finest Hungarian choral repertoire and inspiring people with its passion in Hungarian culture.

Corvinus is the first Hungarian chamber chorus in the San Francisco Bay Area that performs choral works exclusively from Hungarian composers, like Bartók, Kodály, Bárdos, Karai, etc.

 

 


Diana Pray - Soprano

Hungarian-American soprano Diana Pray specializes in early, Baroque, and modern music, making her Bay Area singing career with companies including the American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco Opera, SF Renaissance Voices, Volti, and sfSound.

She is delighted to perform at the reborn Hungarian Heritage Festival in each of its four wonderful years, especially this year, with pianist Bálint Sapszon. Diana thanks the Festival’s organizers and all Bay Area Hungarian groups and performers for countless opportunities to live her heritage through music.

 

 

 

 


Harangvirág Playhouse

A group of enthusiastic and energetic Hungarians established Harangvirág Játszóház to bring together Hungarian children and their families living in the San Francisco Bay area and enrich their cultural experience by bringing to life Hungarian folk stories in our puppet shows, learning more about our rich Hungarian folk world through stories, songs and children plays, getting created at our crafting table, learning Hungarian crafts.

Our first performance as Harangvirág Játszóház was during the 2014 Hungarian Heritage Festival in Belmont, where our little group at that time brought alive the famous Hungarian story, Ludas Matyi and got crafty at our crafts table. Each member of our group has participated in different children programs either as performer or organizer in the past years. Each member is a volunteer, giving her free time, experience, creativity to this wonderful cause.


First California Hussar Regiment

This equestrian organization was established in 2000 in Los Gatos, CA.

Educate the public about the interwoven history of the US and Hungary: 1) In 1776, a Hungarian Hussar officer established and trained the US Cavalry for George Washington. 2) Hungarian soldiers participated in the American Revolution for Independence and the Civil War. 3) Americans helped to preserve Hungarian National Treasures during WWII.

Enjoy by providing colorful entertainment for the public and providing lessons to young people who learn about the equestrian heritage and all the associated skills.

Anyone can become a Hussar (riding or none riding) by joining the First California Hussar Regiment by following the information below: www.californiahussars.com

Hungarian Heritage Festival

Hungarian Heritage Festival strives to keep the Hungarian culture alive in San Francisco Bay Area.