Ferenc Snétberger / guitar
Gábor Simon Konzertagentur represents Ferenc Snétberger in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, UK, Benelux, Scandinavia, and in Spain & Portugal.
Projects (scroll down for info):
- Ferenc Snétberger - Guitar Solo
- New Ferenc Snétberger TITOK Trio w/ Joshua Ginsburg (db) & Toni Snétberger (dr)
Availability on request
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, later jazz guitar at the Béla Bartók conservatory, Budapest, to discover his unbounded ever-lasting love for Johann Sebastian Bach.
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, in Japan, Korea, India 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, 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.