Félix Lajkó (Serbian: Феликс Лајко, Feliks Lajko; born December 17, 1974, Bačka Topola, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia) is a Hungarian violinist, zither player and composer. He plays a variety of musical styles: traditional string music of the Pannonian plain, Romani music, folk music, classical music, rock, blues, jazz and improvised melodies. In concert, he plays mostly the violin either with his small band or solo.
He has also worked as an actor, taking the lead role in the 2008 film Delta when the original lead actor died.
Lajkó was born in Bačka Topola, Serbia to ethnic Hungarian parents. He started playing the zither at the age of 10. His first contact with the violin was at the age of 12. He has finished the six years of musical school in three years time. Lajkó finished his formal studies and turned towards concerting.
Collaborations and work
Lajkó has played together with a large number of well-known bands and musicians. He was a member of György Szabados' band, Makúz and Boris Kovač's band, Ritual Nova. He performed together with the world-famous Japanese butoh dancer, Min Tanaka and the French Noir Desir band a number of times. He has had many concerts together with the London-based Romanian violin player Alexander Balanescu and with Boban Marković's brass gipsy band.
Lajkó has composed music for some theatrical plays. Among others he wrote the complete music material for the Subotica Teatre's Public Enemy production. Jozef Nadj from Orléans regularly invites him to compose music for his performances and he has also composed music for choreographies of Ivett Bozsik. He composed the whole musical score for Wheels, a film by Serbian director Đorđe Milosavljević. It was also him who composed the hymn for the 1998 Sarajevo cultural festival, "Sarajevska Zima". He has participated in many fiction films and Miklós Jancsó made his short film Play, Félix! about Lajkó. He wrote music for Towards a New Atlantis, a project of the Venice Biennale in 2000. Lajkó also composed music for and acted as the main character of Kornél Mundruczó's film Delta - a film which won a small prize in Cannes, and was nominated for the Golden Palm. It was the Hungarian Film Festival's winning film, and Lajkó was awarded the best original soundtrack award at the Festival.
- Mező (2013)
- A bokorból (2009)
- Remény (2007)
- Lajkó Félix 7 (2005)
- Félix (2002)
- Lajkó Félix and his Band (2001)
- Boban Marković|Boban Markovics Orkestar Feat. Lajkó Félix (2000)
- Lajkó Félix and his Band: Concert ’98 (1998)
- Lajkó Félix– Attila Lőrinszky: Live at the Academy (1997)
- Lajkó Félix And his Band (1997)
- Noir Désir: 666.667 Club CD (guest musician) (1996)
- Samaba Trió: Opus Magnum CD (guest musician) (1996)
- Lajkó Félix and his Band (1995)
- Mihály Dresch Dudás: Zeng a lélek (1993)