Ferenc Snétberger / guitar
Gábor Simon Konzertagentur represents Ferenc Snétberger worldwide except in Hungary.
Projects in concert:
- (NEW!) "Hallgató" - Ferenc Snétberger & Keller Quartett & double bass;
- Projects with Orchestra;
- Ferenc Snétberger - Guitar Solo;
- New Ferenc Snétberger TITOK Trio w/ Joshua Ginsburg (db) & Toni Snétberger (dr).
"Hallgató" - Ferenc Snétberger & Keller Quartett
Ferenc Snétberger, Guitar.
Keller Quartett: András Keller, Violin; Zsófia Környei, Violin; Gábor Homoki, Viola; László Fenyő, Violoncello.
And Gyula Lázár (on CD) or Ernö Bodoczki (in concert), Double Bass.
Ferenc Snétberger, who came into the public eye as guitarist-composer in the late 1980s, is not only associated with the unique Snétberger Music Talent Center for primarily Roma youth, but also with his composition “In Memory of My People” for guitar and orchestra, dedicated to the innocent Roma killed during the Porajmos Holocaust. Performed in many countries as well as at the New York headquarters of the UN, the Italian premiere in 2003 was conducted by András Keller, who had gained fame as leader of his Keller String Quartet. The two, both in constant search of connecting old and new, have collaborated ever since. Their latest collaboration is the project Hallgató where the Keller Quartett join Ferenc Snétberger with a new lineup. Hallgató, beautifully recorded by ECM Records at the hallowed Grand Hall of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest in 2018, will be released on 12th February 2021 (ECM New Series 2653). Without doubt one of the most fortunate, musically original and energising encounters between outstanding musicians and personalities of contemporary music making. A must for every serious music fan.
(Suggested) Concert Repertoire of Hallgató:
* Ferenc Snétberger: “In Memory of My People” - 1. Hallgató, 2. Emlékek, 3. Tánc;
* Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 in C minor - 1. Largo, 2. Allegro Molto,
3. Allegretto, 4. Largo, 5. Largo;
* John Dowland: Wilt thou unkind thus reave me;
* John Dowland: I saw my lady weep;
* John Dowland: Melancholy galliard;
* Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings, from String Quartet op. 11;
* Ferenc Snétberger: Rhapsody No. 3;
* John Dowland: Flow, my tears;
* Ferenc Snétberger: Rhapsody No. 1.
Ferenc Snétberger, internationally hailed by critics and audiences as one of the few genuinely distinctive voices on contemporary guitar, has developed his own stylistically distinctive world of classical and jazz music, influenced and informed by native gypsy tunes, flamenco guitar techniques, samba rhythms and, of course, by J.S. Bach, dialoguing between today and yesterday. Snétberger has performed works such as Luciano Berio's “Sequenza XI” (for solo guitar) and concertos with orchestra by Vivaldi, Rodrigo and John McLaughlin. In 1995, on occasion of the 50th year from the end of the holocaust, he composed his own Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra "In Memory of My People”. Inspired by melodies of the gypsy tradition, the concerto is a powerful statement against human suffering, and was also performed at the New York UN headquarters (Holocaust Memorial Day, 2007). Snétberger was appointed freeman of his birth town in 2002 and received the ‘Hungarian Order of Merit’ two years later. In 2005 he was awarded the ‘Liszt Ferenc Prize’ in Budapest; in 2014 the ‘Kossuth Prize’, the most prominent cultural award in Hungary. Hallgató is Snétberger’s third ECM album after his solo album In Concert and trio album Titok with Anders Jormin and Joey Baron.
András Keller is a violinist of the highest international reputation, founder of the acclaimed Keller Quartett, and the music director and first conductor of Concerto Budapest. At the Liszt Academy of Music his mentors were Sándor Devich, András Mihály and György Kurtág, and he was also a student of the legendary violinist Sándor Végh in Salzburg. In 1983, Keller won the Hubay Violin Competition, and was subsequently invited by János Ferencsik to be the leader of Hungary's National State Orchestra. He also served as concertmaster of the Budapest Festival Orchestra from 1984 to 1991. He was head of the Chamber Music Department at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music from 2012 to 2015, and since 2016 professor of violin at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London where, in 2018, he was appointed as ‘Béla Bartók International Chair’ in recognition of his world-class performing career and services to music. He also teaches annually at the Aix-en-Provence Festival and is a regular guest of Yale University’s Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and the International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove.
The Keller Quartett was formed in 1987 by András Keller along with fellow students from the Budapest Academy. They won both the Evian and the Borciani competitions in 1991. And Keller was awarded the ‘Liszt Prize’ as leader of the quartet in 1996. Their recording of the complete string quartets of Bartók for Erato caused a sensation at the time. For ECM the Keller Quartett have recorded works such as Bach’s “Art of the Fugue”, Kurtág’s complete string quartets, Schnittke’s Piano Quintet (with Alexej Lubimov) and Shostakovich’s last string quartet, and their Ligeti-Barber CD, chosen among the best 25 CDs of the year by “New York Times”, won the ‘Deutsche Schallplattenpreis’ and the ‘Caecilia Prize’ in 2013.
The Keller Quartett can be characterised by their curiosity about encounters with musicians and composers of all genres, about unknown works and new forms of programming, where unusual combinations develop their own dramatic tension. Exemplary for that approach are their projects where Bach’s “Art of the Fugue” are intertwined with works by György Kurtág, and Haydn’s “Seven Last Words” dialogue with Jörg Widmann’s “Choralquartett”, and, of course, their current collaboration Hallgató with Ferenc Snétberger.
Projects with Orchestra
* Ferenc Snétberger: Rhapsody Romanes No 1, parlando romanes, andante.
* Ferenc Snétberger: Rhapsody Romanes No 2, oriental romanes, allegro.
* Ferenc Snétberger: Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra "In Memory of My People".
* John McLaughlin: Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra "The Mediterranean”.
* Joaquín Rodrigo: Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra "Concierto de Aranjuez”.
Ferenc Snétberger has felt a deep affection for classical music since the beginning of his career. His everlasting love for Johann Sebastian Bach started early in his youth when he attended music school. After his studies at the renowned Jazz Conservatory of Budapest, eager to compose and play original and personal works, Snétberger soon made himself a name as a border crossing guitar virtuoso between jazz and classical music.
Mainly living in Berlin today, Snétberger is acclaimed for having successfully adapted diverse influences and techniques, and originally melted different musical cultures and traditions to develop his very own and unique style. Composing a concerto for guitar and orchestra was only a logical step in his musical development.
The actual impetus came in 1995, when several classical musicians around the world were invited to write music on occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Holocaust’s ending. Snétberger, of Roma origin, composed his Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra "In Memory of My People." He recorded and then often performed the work with the renowned Ferenc Liszt Chamber Orchestra of Budapest.
Ferenc Snétberger’s instrument is the guitar, his passion is improvisation. "In Memory of My People”, his first composition for guitar and orchestra, delves into the deep cultural roots of his Hungarian homeland. And it does so according to Snétberger’s ideal: with the classical language of the orchestra, and with the soloist’s freedom to improvise.
Ferenc Snétberger - Guitar Solo
Ferenc Snétberger, born into a family of musicians in Northern Hungary, grew up with music. Or better: he is music.
After learning the guitar from his father (“My father had a sound of his own and a very personal style; he was the best guitar player in the whole area.”), and initially influenced by jazz and Brazilian music, by Django Reinhardt and later by Egberto Gismonti in particular, he continued to study classical guitar (to discover his unbounded love for Johann Sebastian Bach), later jazz guitar at the Béla Bartók conservatory of Budapest.
Ever since, Ferenc Snétberger has been internationally hailed by critics and audiences as one of the few genuinely distinctive voices on contemporary guitar, a border-crossing virtuoso of a rare kind, “a musical cosmopolitan” (Die Welt), who has developed an individual personal style that defies all common musical categorizing. A guitar magazine put it this way: "What he plays is jazz, is classical, is Brazil. Snétberger’s great art is the dialogue between today and yesterday, the synthesis.”
At each concert, with every performance, Snétberger takes the listeners on a different journey (of surprise, wonder and emotion) through his stylistically distinctive world of classical and jazz music, influenced and informed by native gypsy tunes, flamenco guitar techniques, samba rhythms and, of course, by Bach. And he does so by improvising and interacting with his audiences.
His ECM debut solo live album “In Concert”, recorded at the hallowed Grand Hall of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, was released in March 2016.
Ferenc Snétberger has been leader, co-leader or sideman on numerous albums and tours all over Europe, Asia and the United States, along with many outstanding musicians of international fame. He has also recorded and performed with his critically acclaimed trios with Arild Andersen & Paolo Vinaccia (“Nomad”) and, more recently, with Anders Jormin & Joey Baron ("Titok", released by ECM in 2017), and in duo with Markus Stockhausen.
He has performed works such as Luciano Berio's Sequenza XI (for solo guitar) and concertos with orchestra by Vivaldi, Rodrigo and John McLaughlin. In 1995 he composed his own Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra "In Memory of My People" on occasion of the 50th year from the end of the holocaust. Inspired by melodies of the gypsy tradition, the concerto is a powerful statement against human suffering. It was performed by Snétberger himself with chamber orchestras in Hungary, Italy and Germany and also at the New York UN headquarters (International Holocaust Memorial Day, 2007).
He has also written music for film and theatre productions.
Ferenc Snétberger was appointed freeman of his birth town in 2002 and received the Hungarian Order of Merit two years later. In 2005 he was awarded the Liszt Ferenc Prize in Budapest; in 2014 the Kossuth Prize, the most prominent cultural award in Hungary.
New Ferenc Snétberger TITOK Trio
Lineup: Ferenc Snétberger (g), Joshua Ginsburg (db), Toni Snétberger (dr)
Guitar virtuoso Ferenc Snétberger has been leader or co-leader on numerous albums and worldwide tours along with many outstanding musicians of international fame. He has also recorded and performed with his critically acclaimed trios with Arild Andersen & Paolo Vinaccia (“Nomad”) and, more recently, with Anders Jormin & Joey Baron, whose Oslo Rainbow Studio recording "Titok" appeared on ECM in spring 2017.
Ferenc Snétberger proudly presents his new trio with two young Berlin-based musicians: with American Joshua Ginsburg on double bass and his own son Tony Snétberger on drums.
Snétberger always takes the listeners on different journeys of surprise, wonder and emotion through his stylistically distinctive world of classical and jazz music, informed by native gypsy tunes, flamenco guitar techniques, samba rhythms and revered J.S. Bach. And he continues to do so with his new accomplished, knowledgable, versatile companions Joshua Ginsburg and Toni Snétberger. By improvising. By surprising each other and their listeners. By picking up the mood of the moment and letting it flow into their exciting, telepathic inter-playing.