Amadinda Percussion Group

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Amadinda Percussion Group was formed in 1984 in Budapest by four musicians, just after having graduated from the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music. Since founding the ensemble, the central point of their activity has been double. On one hand to present masterpieces of percussion music, unknown to the Hungarian audience so far, on the other hand to perform the music of Hungarian contemporary composers in their country and abroad. One of their principal intentions is to inspire Hungarian and international composers to create new pieces. During the recent years three more new elements have been added to their aims: research of traditional percussion cultures, composing new pieces by the members of the group and transcribing outstanding pieces of music history for percussion instruments.

From the very beginning Amadinda has cooperated with world famous artists like John Cage (recording his complete works for percussion), Steve Reich, Bruno Canino, Peter Eötvös, Rosemary Hardy, András Keller, Zoltán Kocsis, György Kurtág, György Ligeti, András Schiff, Zoltán Jeney. Today, Amadinda is considered as one of the most original and versatile percussion groups in the world.


  • Zoltán Rácz
  • Zoltán Váczi
  • Aurél Holló
  • Károly Bojtos


  • 1984 Stipendium Prize, Darmstadt
  • 1985 Gaudeamus International Interpreters Award, Amsterdam, First Prize
  • 1986 Prize of Hungarian Composers’ Association for outstanding interpretation of Hungarian works
  • 1987 Recording of the Year by Hungaroton
  • 1988 Ferenc Liszt Prize by the Hungarian Government
  • 1991, 1998 Prize of Society ARTISJUS Hungarian Bureau for the Protection of Authors’ Rights
  • 1997 Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic
  • 2002 Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Z. Rácz)
  • 2004 Kossuth Prize by the Hungarian Government
  • 2006 Pro Urbe Budapest Prize

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