Ferenc Snétberger

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Ferenc Snétberger
Born (1957-02-06) February 6, 1957 (age 64)
Salgótarján, Hungary
Years active1980s–present
LabelsEnja, ECM

Ferenc Snétberger (born 6 February 1957) 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.[1] 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. He has composed film music and "For My People" for guitar and orchestra. His son, Toni Snétberger, is an actor.

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.[2]

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2002, Snétberger became honorary citizen of his native town Salgótarján. 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.

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[edit]

  • Signature (Enja, 1995)
  • Samboa (Sentemo, 1991)
  • Bajotambo (Sentemo, 1992)
  • The Budapest Concert (Enja, 1996)
  • Obsession (Tiptoe 1998)
  • For My People with the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, Budapest (Enja, 2000)
  • Balance (Enja, 2002)
  • Joyosa with Markus Stockhausen, Arild Andersen, Patrice Heral (Enja, 2004)
  • Nomad with Arild Andersen, Paolo Vinaccia (Enja, 2005)
  • Streams with Markus Stockhausen (Enja, 2007)
  • In Concert (ECM, 2016)
  • Titok (ECM, 2017)


  1. ^ Dillon, Charlotte. "Ferenc Snétberger". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 January 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Deutscher Bundestag - Zoni Weisz erinnert an den vergessenen Holocaust". Bundestag.de (in German). 2011-01-27. Retrieved 2017-04-18. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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