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Ferenc Snetberger

Born in 1957 in northern Hungary, guitarist/composer Ferenc Snétberger was the youngest son of a family of musicians. Early on his father, a guitar player also, became his role model. Snétberger studied classical music and jazz guitar. Today he is best known for his art of improvising and his crossing of stylistic borders. His music is inspired by the Roma tradition of his home country, Brazilian music and flamenco as well as classical guitar playing and jazz. He made numerous albums as a leader, co- leader and sideman and has toured all over Europe as well as Japan, Korea, India and the United States. In 1995 he composed his Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra, “In Memory of My People”, on the occasion the fiftieth year following the end of the holocaust. Inspired by melodies of the gypsy tradition, the concerto is a powerful statement against human suffering. It has been performed by the composer himself with chamber orchestras in Hungary, Italy and Germany and also at the New York UN headquarters (International Holocaust Memorial Day, 2007). Ferenc Snétberger performed Luciano Berios Sequenza XI (for solo guitar) as well as concertos with orchestra by Vivaldi, Rodrigo, and John McLaughlin. He also wrote music for film and theater. In 2002 Snétberger was appointed freeman of his birth town and two years later received the Hungarian Order of Merit. In 2005 he was awarded the Liszt Ferenc Prize in Budapest, 2013 the Prima Díj, 2014 the Kossuth Díj

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UK and US reviewers on the trio album Titok Titok is the latest offering from ECM. And it is remarkable in the wholeness of ist realization. ... He wrote all 13 songs here, and they reflect diverse influences: Roma music („Alom“); Europaen classical („Renaissance“); Latin („Orange Tango“); jazz (most of the rest). But these cultural references are almost incidental to Snétberger´s encompassing aestethic. Titok is warm, elegant music, unassuming inits romaticism, firm in ist substance, organic in ist natural, unhurried flow. In seperable from allue of this album is ECM´s excellent recorded sound

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Titok

Titok

ECM Records
2017

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In Concert

In Concert

ECM Records
2016

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Streams

Streams

Enja Records
2007

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Nomad

Nomad

Enja Records
2006

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Nomad

Nomad

Enja Records
2005

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Joyosa

Joyosa

Enja Records
2004

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