|Born||May 22, 1926|
|Died||February 14, 1993|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Bacsik was born in Budapest, Hungary. He was the son of Arpad Bacsik and Erzsebet Pocsi.
He studied classical violin at the Budapest Conservatory before moving to jazz guitar. He worked in a big band with Jozsef Quitter and Geza Szabo and recorded for the first time in his career with this band in 1943. A few years later he went on tour in Europe and Lebanon with Mihaly Tabanyi. He was hired by Renato Carosone to be in a quartet with Peter Van Wood and Gegè Di Giacomo in which he played bass, violin, and guitar. When he lived in Paris, he accompanied American musicians who were passing through, such as Lou Bennett, Dizzy Gillespie, Quentin Jackson, Art Simmons, and Clark Terry. He also supported French singer Serge Gainsbourg. In 1966, he moved to the U.S. and until 1974 accompanied Teresa Brewer. In the 1970s he recorded as a leader on violin and electric violin. He played at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1974 and ten years later at the Olympic Games Jazz Festival in Los Angeles.
- The Electric Guitar of the Eclectic Elek Bacsik (Fontana, 1962)
- Guitar Conceptions (Fontana, 1963)
- I Love You (Bob Thiele Music, 1974)
- Bird and Dizzy: A Musical Tribute (Flying Dutchman, 1975)
- Chante Barbara (1974)
- Barbara Chante Barbara (1998)
- Gottingen 64–65 (1998)
With Lou Bennett
- Dansez et Revez (RCA Victor, 1960)
With Serge Gainsbourg
With Dizzy Gillespie
- Barnett, Anthony. Almost Like Being in Bop: a Not-So-Brief Account of the Hidden History of the Swing to Recorded Bebop and Progressive Violin in America and Europe. Lewes, East Sussex: AB Fable, 2005. More information on his recordings on violin on AB Fable Bulletin : violin improvisation studies