The CIFRA ensemble consists of four members under the direction of
Dezső RONTÓ who is a descendant of a famous Hungarian musical family.
In 2001 Dezso won first prize in a competition of first violins that took
place in Budapest. Our "cimbalom" player also comes from a musical
family from the village of Magyarpeterlaka in Transylvania. Another two members
of our group come from a revival movement of folk music that took place in
the late 1970's.We play amusing stringed music. We follow a rustic interpretation
of a more ancient origin, and we play a refined style too. Our instruments
include: fiddle, viola, cimbalom, contrabass, hurdy-gurdy, and two antique
instruments, the tambura, and saxsa violin. Our repertoire is wide-ranging,
including: traditional Hungarian gypsy music, csardas, songs of the tavern,
Hungarian and Romanian folks music, virtuoso instrumental solos, waltzes,
tangos,evergreens, and our own interpretations of classical music. We hold
concerts, and perform at a wide variety of private functions including: weddings,
and receptions. You may communicate with us in German, English, French and
of course Hungarian.
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- is the leading violinist of our group. He was born to a gypsy musical
dynasty in Miskolc His brothers Robert and Attila are professional musiciants
too. Dezső learned to play the violin when he was seven. Later he graduated
from a conservatory of music, and became a leading violinist of the Rajko
band of Miskolc in 1980. He was a founding member of the "100 member
Gypsy band" in 2001. His achievements included first prize winning
in a competition of first violins that took place in Budapest in 2001. He
has played in gypsy bands since he was 20. He played on cruise ships, hotels,
and pivate celebrations all over Europe and the USA.
- the cimbalom player was born in 1944 in Magyarpéterlaka, Transylvania.
He started playing the cimbalom as a child. When he was only 14 years old
he became a member of the Maros artistic group. In this time he performed
frequently with the group at weddings in Romanian and Hungarian willages.
He is also a gifted craftsman as he both creates new instruments for sale
and refurbishes cimbaloms. Strings require a specialized talent to create,
and József is blessed with this ability.
Ágoston BARTHA - a viola and
hurdy-gurdy player was born in Budapest in 1956. He studied original folk
music in the 1970's. Since then he played in various bands as a hurdy-gurdy
and viola player. He was the head of the CIFRA orchestra since 1990. He
enjoys the life of a street musician since he believes it offers freedom
and honesty. The music CD's of the band are produced and edited by him.
To date, eight tapes and 6 CD's of the CIFRA band were completed under Agoston's
direction. He also collects gypsy music, and 78 gramophone records that
were made before World War II. He enjoys one of the largest gramophone record
collections of Hungarian gypsy music which is in the process of being digitized
Robert CSŐGÖR - is a contrabass
player born in 1966. He started to learn to play the cello while he also
studied original Hungarian folk music. He has played the violin and the
three and four strings viola along with the contrabass. He has experience
at being a dance accompanist for traditional dance as well as a concert
musician. In addition to original Hungarian folk music he also enjoys Gypsy
music. He studied under famous gypsy musician Lászlo Rácz. He graduated
from the faculty of folk music at teacher traning college in 2000.
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