Ferenc Snétberger

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Ferenc Snétberger (born 6 February 1957 in Salgótarján, Hungary) is a Hungarian jazz guitarist.


Snétberger was born into a Romani family. At the age of thirteen, he attended music school and studied classical guitar. From 1977 to 1981 he studied at Bela Bartók Jazz Conservatory in Budapest.

In 1987, he formed the Stendahl Trio with László Dés and Kornél Horváth, and in 2005 a trio with Arild Andersen and Italian drummer Paolo Vinaccia. He appeared in Joyosa-Kvartetten with German trumpeter Markus Stockhausen, Norwegian bassist Arild Andersen, and Swiss drummer Samuel Rohrer. He has also worked with Joey Baron, Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis, Richard Bona, Bobby McFerrin, David Friedman, Michel Godard, Anders Jormin, Didier Lockwood, James Moody, and Ernie Wilkins.

Snétberger is a composer, and has composed film music and "For My People" for guitar and orchestra.

On the German Holocaust Remembrance Day, 27 January 2011 concluded Snétberger celebration in plenary by the German Bundestag, with a Sinto when Zoni Weisz first held eulogy.[1]

In 2002, Snétberger became honorary citizen of his native town Salgótarjá. Two years later he received the Hungarian Order of Merit. In 2005 he was in Budapest as Franz Liszt award was handed out, and in 2014 he was awarded the Kossuth Prize. His son, Toni Snétberger, is an actor.

He founded the Snétberger Music Talent Center, an international music school for disadvantaged children and young people, mainly minority of Sinti and Romani origin. The school opened in 2011.


As leader

  • Samboa, 1990
  • Bajo Tambo, 1992
  • Signature (Enja, 1994)
  • Budapest Concert (Tiptoe, 1996)
  • Obsession with John Egri, Elemér Balázs, Irén Lovász, (enja, 2002)
  • For My People (Enja, 2000)
  • Balance (Enja, 2004)
  • Joyosa, with Markus Stockhausen, Arild Andersen, Patrice Héral (Enja, 2004)
  • Nomad, with Arild Andersen, Paolo Vinaccia (Enja, 2005)
  • Streams (Enja, 2007)
  • In Concert (ECM, 2016)
  • Titok (ECM, 2017)[2]

As sideman

  • Trio Stendhal: 1, with László Dés, Kornél Horváth, 1989
  • Trio Stendhal: Noe Skjedde, with László Dés, Kornél Horváth, 1992
  • Dés-Snétberger Duo: Dobbeltrom Oppfinnelse, with László Dés, 2003


  1. ^ "Deutscher Bundestag - Zoni Weisz erinnert an den vergessenen Holocaust". Bundestag.de (in German). 2011-01-27. Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  2. ^ "Ferenc Snétberger | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 December 2016.

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