Assa Drori, József Lendvay Jr., József Lendvay Sr, Lissy Wilson, Katie Kadarauch and Oszkár Ökrös
An evening with Gypsy Music featuring Oszkár Ökrös, cimbalom, József Lendvay Jr., violin and József Lendvay Sr., violin with Carl Fortuna on Accordian
At Lissy and Igor's, Los Angeles, CA (Sept 26, 2005)
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OSZKÁR ÖKRÖS was born into a family of musicians in Szolnok in 1957. He began taking cimbalom lessons under his grandfather's guidance. At the age of 8, he was named Best Instrumental Soloist in the Hungarian Television folk music competition, and two years later he admitted to he Budapest Conservatory. As a student he performed for the widow of Aladár Rácz, the world-famous cimbalom player, who named the young musician the worthy successor of her husband.
After finishing his studies, he began to perform worldwide with Hungary's greatest folk ensembles, including the Budapest Ensemble, the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble, and the Honvéd Ensemble, appearing in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. He has been cimbalom soloist for Hungarian Radio and Hungarian Television, and he has performed with the Budapest Festival Orchestra. He is currently soloist of the Budapest Gypsy Orchestra.
Ökrös has recorded with numerous ensembles, including the Budapest Festival Orchestra. He released his first solo album, The Cimbalom Wizard, in 1990. In 1974 Ökrös was invited to the birthday celebration of Queen Elizabeth II at the Palladium in London, where he performed alongside Josephine Baker, Tom Jones, and Roger Moore. He was awarded the Gold Merit Cross of the Hungarian Republic in 2001.
JÓZSEF LENDVAY JR. ,Born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1974, attended Bela Bartók Conservatory in Budapest, where he studied with Miklos Szenthelyi. His recordings include works by Sarasate and Brahms' Hungarian Dances with Iván Fischer. Lendvay has won first prize at the Koln International Violin Competition, the Ferenc Liszt Heritage Award presented by Hungary's Ministry of National Culture, and the Tibor Varga International Violin competition, among others. In 2002 he was awarded the Golden Cross for his musical contributions by the president of the Hungarian Republic. Lendvay plays a 1777 Giovanni Tesstore violin.
JÓZSEF LENDVAY SR. is the concertmaster of the Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1985 to honor the memory of the legendary gypsy soloist Sándor Jaroka. Lendvay performs with the orchestra throughout Europe, particularly in France, where the orchestra presents 60 sold-out concerts annually. He is a recipient of Hungary's Golden Cross and Nivó dij awards for musical contribution.
Rebecca Dru PhotographyJami CakesChef jami CakesAround the World with Jami CakesLissy WilsonOliver BrownThe GypsiesGypsy MusiciansCarlo FortunaOszkár Ökrös on cimbalomJózsef Lendvay Jr on violinJózsef Lendvay Sr. on violin