born 16th July 1967 in Hajdúnánás, Hungary. I was seven when I started
to deal with music. When I heard someone, who later became teacher, play
the violin beautifully I chose this instrument. I played the violin for
four year, then the viola for another two. I finished my secondary school
studies in Debrecen in the Zoltán Kodály Musical Secondary School. I started
to play the bass there, where I also got acquainted with stage work, since
as a bass player I was a member of a folk music band. After finishing
the secondary school, it seemed obvious to continue my instrumental career.
So I entered the Ferenc Liszt Musical Collage in Debrecen, where I gained
a diploma as a bass player and teacher. I began to sing after graduation
accidentally. In two years’ I attained a diploma of elementary school
singing-master, and parallel to this I joined the Kodály Choir of Debrecen,
where I sang between 1990 and 1995. During a competition organised by
the choir and as a result of the success and prize I got there, I realised
that singing is the musical tool that suits me most and that I can express
myself best by singing. This was the reason why I decided to enroll for
the soloist program of the College. My master was Mr. Endre Zádor, whom
I am still very grateful. I graduated as a tenor soloist in 1995. In the
meantime, during the five years with the Kodály Choir, I had the opportunity
to perform many musical pieces and I participated in several tours abroad.
In 1995 I was offered a tenor soloist position with the Honvéd Male Choir.
I accepted it, moved to Budapest and I was a soloist there for five years.
Those years were very fruitful for me. I performed many male choir pieces,
C. Franck’s A Major Mass or Liszt’s Szekszárd Mass. In this
period I contributed to several records as a soloist in different genres.
We recorded Johann Michael Haydn’s Schäffer kantata with the
Ferenc Liszt Association of the Netherlands. I am very proud that I was
awarded the “Singer of the year” in both choirs. In 2000 I
had the opportunity to apply for admission to the Hungarian National Choir,
where I have been a chorister up to this day.
Still in Debrecen, I was a founder of the Four Fathers acapella quartet
in 1995. We became intensely active when I moved to Budapest and began
to have more and more concerts. We have had much success to date. We have
American songs of the ‘20s and ‘30s, the so called “Barbershop
style”, evergreen adaptations and spirituals on our repertoire,
which we always flavour with a lot of humour. We published six CDs in
the last years, we contributed to some more, and also had the chance to
make music with world famous musicians; for example with Joe Muranyi (Louis
Armstrong’s clarinettist) or the Benkó Dixieland Band. In 2001 we
were awarded the “Group of the Year” “EMERTON-prize”
of the Hungarian Radio.
During the years of my career as a singer, I had the opportunity to try
different genres as a soloist as well. I could perform Mozart’s
Requiem, two Hungarian contemporary composers’ pieces: Sándor Hajdú’s
jazz opera called “Signs of Time” and Zoltán Laczó’s
Requiem. I found the concert I performed with Philippopolis, a Bulgarian
male choir singing orthodox religious music a very inspiring professional
trip, which was recorded by the Hungarian National Television, too.
Humour has always been a very important part of my life, and it obviously
blends my musical career as well. Humour is an organic element of the
Four Fathers concerts; this is why we, among other pieces, created our
own opera and operetta parodies. During the college years I founded the
Bor-Ber duo with my friend, Sándor Berkesi, with whom we were performing
musical parodies, mostly to our own amusement. My newest professional
experience, which I consider to be a good detour and enjoy very much,
is the musical dubbing of cartoons. My favourites in this area are Hercules,
The Tigger Movie and Brother Bear.
I feel that the time has come to prove myself as a full-time professional
soloist. The lyric opera roles suit me most: like for example Alfredo
Germont’s role form La Traviata or Nemorino’s role from L’elisir
d’amore. But I also enjoy oratorical pieces: like Mozart’s
or Verdi’s Requiem. I think I can build a more intense rapport with
the audience as a soloist than even as a member of a quartet.
Music is the most important thing in my life. It is good to feel that
others are happy when I sing. This is the best way to express myself.