Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra

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Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra
        the world's largest Gypsy symphony orchestra
Official promotional flyer of Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra


Founder: Laszló Berki as Orchestra leader and Conductor his tragic death in 1997.

Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra, is a Hungarian symphony orchestra of Romani (Gypsy) musicians, particularly influenced by Johannes Brahms, Vittorio Monti, Piotr Tchaïkovski, Johann Strauss, Johann Strauss II and others. He name and achievements of the Orchestra, has been awarded the Hungarian Heritage prize and is preserved in the Golden Book and in the Invisible Museum of the Hungarian Spirit. The orchestra in 2000 entered in the Guinness Book of Records in,2014 the Orchestra, also widely known as Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra and Hundred Gypsy Violins,also known as the 100 Tagú Cigányzenekar was designated a hungaricum,” a national treasure recognized by the Hungarian Parliament. The world famous orchestra which has been performing for 30 years works as a classical symphony orchestra and is a unique in the world formation.


In 1985, the soloist and Hungarian Romani conductor, the primas (first violin) Sándor Járóka (The Primas of king and the king of Primas) died.

At his funeral, the community regrouped. Numerous musicians arrived with their instruments on a cold and rainy day to say good bye to their spiritual chief. From a gloomy serenade over a grave was born the "Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra". The world famous Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra. At their concerts in Budapest the rehearsals of the orchestra were visited on a number of occasions by György Cziffra, the world-famous Hungarian gypsy pianist who later became the honorary president of the Association. His words of praise gave the orchestra great hope and confidence. Until his death in October 1997 László Berki, the conductor of the National Hungarian State Ensemble, was the leader of the orchestra. His outstanding artistic personality left a remarkable stamp on the orchestra. It is his doing that Hungary's best musicians are members of the orchestra. Names like Lakatos, Lendvai Csócsi, Boross, Berki - all members of the orchestra - are the « crème » of the Hungarian Romani musician dynasties.

After this Sándor Rigó Buffó was the Conductor and the Artistic Director since 1997 and the President since December 2005. His death on April 27th 2014. From May 2014 is now the President and the leader of the orchestra with Nándor Beke FARKAS,the new Artistic Director with József Lendvai Csócsi as master of Violins. One of the most outstanding members of the orchestra is the cimbalom virtuoso Oszkár Ökrös.[citation needed]


The 100 GypsyViolins operates and legally represents the world famous Hungarian gipsy symphony orchestra ‘100 Tagu Ciganyzenekar’. As of its foundation in 1986 the Orchestra has given numerous successful concerts in Hungary and all over the world including countries such as Austria, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Italia, Japan, Latvia, Luxemburg, Netherland, Poland, Portugal, Principality of Monaco, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Tunisia and Ukraine. Inspiring audiences in leading concert halls including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Moscow International House of Music, Vienna Konzerthaus, Geneva Victoria Hall, Beijing National Centre for Performing Art, Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall, Shanghai Oriental Art and Paris Théâtre des Champs Elysées."


Orchestra is composed of :

Ochestra's members[edit]

Orchestra's Directors :

  • President:Nándor Beke FARKAS
  • Master of Violins& Artistic Director: József Lendvai Csócsi

Mains Soloists :

  • First Violins: László Berki Jr, András Suki,Ferenc Lendvai Jr, Gyula Mici Farkas,Tibor Lukács,Lőrinc Danyi,Norbert Salasovics,Jenő Lendvai,József Sárközi,János Johan.
  • [[Cymbalom] ]Grand Solist : Oszkár Ökrős.
  • Alto Violins :László Tabányi & Lajos Bóni
  • Second Violins : Jenő Horhát & József Toldi
  • Clarinets : András Puporka & Dezső Oláh
  • Double Basses : Károly Horváth& Tamás Radics
  • Cello : Károly SzegfŰ & Barnabás Vajda

And all the Orchestra !


  • CD "Live in Geneva"
  • Double CD "Live in Lyon"
  • Double CD "Live 2004"
  • DVD "Live 1994/2004"
  • Double CD "From Budapest to Vienna"
  • DVD "Live in Athens 2009"

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