Károly Binder

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Karoly Binder
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Károly Binder
Background information
Birth name Károly Binder
Born (1956-04-02) 2 April 1956 (age 61)
Budapest, Hungary
Genres Jazz, wordmusic, Contemporary music
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, teacher
Instruments piano
Years active 1974-
Associated acts Binder Quintet, Károly Binder - solo, Károly Binder - Mihály Borbély duo, Binder trio, Tibor Zalán - Károly Binder literary evening, Károly Binder - Kálmán Oláh duo
Website www.binderkaroly.hu

Károly Binder is a great Hungarian jazz pianist[1] and composer. He is the head of the jazz department at the Music Teachers Training Institute of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest. A great musician who applied his talent for new trends, different cultures, different composing techniques and the synthesis of improvising systems, without forgetting his own cultural roots. He has composed 318 chamber and piano pieces, 43 pieces for films, plays and radio theatres. He has released 67 LPs and  CDs, most of them his own compositions. He worked together with Theo Jörgensmann, Harry Becket, John Tchicai, Eckhard Koltesmann, Berndt Köppen, Trilok Gurtu, Ramesh Shotam, Federico Sanesi, Charlie Mariano, Barre Phillips, Günter Sommer, Jirzi Stivin, Marilin Mazur, Connie Bauer, Johannes Bauer. Hi received Erkel Ferenc-Prize.

Biography[edit]

He was born 2 April 1956 in Budapest. After finishing Bajza Primary music school between 1962-1968, he received his high school final exam at Kölcsey Ferenc High School. After finishing his classical musical education - from the age of 5 - he was accepted to Bartók Béla Music Academy on Jazz Faculty. He graduated in 1979, his master was Mr János Gonda. While graduation he continued his classical education privately. He received his degree with a reward in 2000 at Liszt Ferenc Music Academy, Teacher Training Institute, on Jazz Faculty as a jazz-pianist, teacher, jazz-composer and orchestrator and as a jazz-theory lecturer. In 2003 he received a degree at Liszt Ferenc Music Academy - on music, vocal, solfeggio, music-theory and conductor. In 2003 his two twin daughters were born, Panna and Luca. He taught at Erkel Ferenc Music school /jazz-pianist, jazz history, jazz theory teacher/, Liszt Ferenc Music Academy on Jazz Faculty /jazz-piano, jazz-composing, instumentation/, Liszt Ferenc Music Academy - Budapesti Teacher Training College Jazz Department /docent, head of department, jazz-piano, jazz-composing, instrumentation, jazz-theory teacher/, then from 2007 Liszt Ferenc Music Academy - Head of Department at the Jazz Faculty, university professor. According to his view on music: "Music is a whole, there are no pieces. It is a real mission, which can be achieved only with real faith. It is a real issue, which issue can and must only be pursued as a whole, as a total. It contains concerts, composition, and, furthermore, the passing of experience and knowledge on, in other words teaching as a whole."

He has performed 1365 concerts in Hungary and abroad till 2016 December.

he has been playing in different formations:

  • Károly Binder solo
  • Károly Binder & Mihály Borbély - duo
  • Károly Binder - Mihály Borbély - Ákos Benkó - Tibor Fonay - Binder Quartet
  • Károly Binder - Benkó Ákos - Tibor Fonay - Binder Trio
  • Márai / Hamvas / Weöres Sándor füves könyvek - Dunai Tamás - actor - Károly Binder - music
  • Zalán Tibor - Károly Binder - literary evening
  • Károly Binder - Kálmán Oláh - two-piano duo

Bands[edit]

  • Binder Band
  • Binder Quintet
  • Amadinda
  • Pangea
  • 180 group
  • Ramesh Shotham - Károly Binder
  • Károly Binder/Federico Sanesi
  • Károly Binder - Gábor Juhász
  • Károly Binder - Theo Jörgensmann
  • Binder Quartet
  • Binder-Borbély Duo
  • Binder Trio
  • Binder Károly - Kálmán Oláh two-piano duo
  • Binder Károly - Tibor Zalán literary evening

Selected discography[edit]

  • 1983 - Binder Quintet feat. John Tchicai
  • 1985 - Károly Binder: In Illo Tempore
  • 1987 - Károly Binder/Szabó Sándor
  • 1989 - Bernd Köppen / Károly Binder: Diagonalmusic
  • 1989 - Binder and Jörgensmann In Budapest
  • 1989 - Márta Sebestyén: Négy dal
  • 1989 - Károly Binder: Kontinentspiel
  • 1989 - Károly Binder: Kontinentspiel
  • 1989 - György Szabados: A szarvassá vált fiak
  • 1990 - Steve Reich / Amadinda
  • 1991 - Binder / Shotham: Dance Music
  • 1992 - Károly Binder: Little Song
  • 1992 - Binder Quartet: Senior & Adolphis
  • 1993 - Jazz Bridge Series Károly Binder: Fragments
  • 1993 - Budapest Folk ‘93 – Live
  • 1993 - Binder Solo Forgotten Pictures
  • 1993 - Binder/Juhász: Christmas Song
  • 1993 - Pangea – Live at music academy
  • 1994 - Károly Binder/Federico Sanesi: Smile Of Mountains
  • 1995 - Binder/Sanesi: Oriens & Occidens
  • 1996 - Károly Binder/ Zsolt Kutas: Two Pianos
  • 1992 - Binder/Süle: For You - Two Pianos
  • 1996 - Károly Binder: Little Song
  • 1996 - Binder Quartet: Senior & Adolphis
  • 1996 - Binder/Shotham Dance Music
  • 1996 - Binder Quintett featuring John Tchicai
  • 1996 - Károly Binder: 17 opus
  • 1997 - Károly Binder: In illo tempore
  • 1997 - Károly Binder: Kontinentspiel
  • 1997 - Károly Binder: Erózió
  • 1997 - Károly Binder: Live at Collegium Budapest
  • 1998 - Károly Binder: Retropolis
  • 1999 - Nagy László / Szécsi Margit / Kondor Béla / Mohai Gábor / Sebestyén Márta / Károly Binder: Szárnyakon fekszem
  • 2000 - Periferic 2000 Folk-world-ethno from Hungary
  • 2000 - 5 év Parnasszus Déjá Vie – Válogatás az első magyar költészeti folyóirat veseiből
  • 2000 - Károly Binder: Film...
  • 2001 - Károly Binder / Mihály Borbély: Hangok
  • 2001 - Károly Binder: Prepared Piano 1.
  • 2001 - Retropolis - DVD
  • 2002 - Völgyessy Szomor Fanni: Tündér Rózsa
  • 2002 - Károly Binder: The prepared piano 2.
  • 2002 - Budapesti Tanárképző Intézete Jazz Tanszak
  • 2002 - Károly Binder: On Pianino Live at Baja
  • 2002 - László Süle: Lullaby in eight colours
  • 2003 - Károly Binder: Concert á l'Institut Francais
  • 2004 - Károly Binder / Mihály Borbély: 7 duets
  • 2004 - Károly Binder: Christmas For You
  • 2005 - Károly Binder: Az örök visszatérés mítosza
  • 2005 - Károly Binder: 17 Fragments / Töredék – Gondolatok egy emlékkönyvbe
  • 2005 - Károly Binder/ Ágnes Szakály: Megrepedt lépcsőkön
  • 2006 - Károly Binder: Echapée
  • 2006 - Binder Live Műpa DVD
  • 2008 - Binder-Varga-Keresztes: Holnaptól más lesz...
  • 2008 - Binder - Juhász: Christmas Song
  • 2008 - Binder - Borbély: new sounds II.
  • 2008 - Binder - Borbély: new sounds I.
  • 2009 - Károly Binder: Átszivárgó dallamfoszlányok
  • 2009 - Károly Binder: A törött szárnyú madár hazatérése
  • 2010 - Károly Binder - Gábor Varga: Karácsony reggelén
  • 2010 - Károly Binder -Theo Jörgensmann: In Concert
  • 2010 - Károly Binder -Theo Jörgensmann: Blue in blue
  • 2011 - Károly Binder - Gábor Varga: Téli alkony
  • 2011 - Károly Binder: The Prepared Piano I-III.
  • 2011 - Károly Binder - Mihály Borbély: BiBoBa - Live at Bayreuth
  • 2012 - Károly Binder - Gábor Varga: Mesés Ajándék
  • 2014 - Binder Quartet: Old Dreams New Dimensions
  • 2015 - Károly Binder: Retropolis II.
  • 2015 - Binder Quartet: Összegyűrt kottafejek
  • 2015 - Károly Binder: Binder Live at LFZE
  • 2016 - Károly Binder: 13 Fragments / Töredék
  • 2016 - Binder Quartet: Nevergreens
  • 2016 - Binder Trio: For seven Days
  • 2016 - Mohai-Binder: Ne szólj csak jóravalót
  • 2017 - Binder Károly: Twelve Months

Prizes[edit]

  • 1981 - winner of Kalis international Jazz-pianist competition
  • 1986 - Hungarian Radio Jazz Competition
  • 1989 - eMeRTon Díj / best soloist
  • 1991 - Jazz album of the Year: Binder-Shotham: Dance Music
  • 2003 - Erkel Ferenc-Prize
  • 2011 - Ludwig Maximillian University /rewarded/
  • 2013 - Gramofon – Hungarian Jazz Prize
  • 2017 - Artisjus Lifetime Achievement Award

References[edit]

http://zti.hu/files/mza/docs/Oral_History/BinderKaroly.pdf

  1. ^ Hebbert, Charles; Richardson, Dan (September 2002). The Rough Guide to Budapest. Rough Guides. pp. 212–. ISBN 978-1-85828-889-5. Retrieved 13 May 2011.