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János Bihari (October 21, 1764 - April 26, 1827) was an influential HungarianRomaniviolinist. He is one of the founders of Romani academic music and the musical genre verbunkos.
By the middle of the nineteenth century, "Gypsy music" was elevated to high fashion. The first great was that of János Bihari, the virtuoso violinist from the county of Pressburg (now Bratislava, Hungarian Pozsony). Franz Liszt said of him: "The tones sung by his magic violin flow on our enchanted ears like the tears..."
Bihari was born into a Romani family in Nagyabony; his father was a violinist. In 1801, living in Pest, Bihari created an orchestra of 1 cimbalist and 4 violinists. This orchestra became popular soon and visited with Bihari many towns in Hungary and abroad. In every country Janos learnt local folk and academic music and arranged it to play during his performances. Bihari was so popular that he could live like a noble man: he had expensive clothes and a servant who held Bihari's violin, he stayed in luxurious hotels, etc. He was also invited to play for the Emperor of Austria.