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Béla Bartók: Dance from Bucsum (Transcription) // Presented by the president of the jury MIKLÓS LUKÁCS
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on Friday, August 28 | 7 PM

A unique instrument recontextualized by outstanding Hungarian-American talents

Hosted for the very first time in Hungary last year, the Budapest Music Center (BMC) International Cimbalom Competition inspired a new generation of cimbalom players, showcased new talents, and placed the instrument into a 21st-century context.

The Hungarian Cultural Center in New York is proud to be a partner of this unique initiative. Albeit we cannot physically present the New York reprisal performance of the competition, we will not be without the enchanting sounds of the cimbalom.

In exclusive virtual recitals, festival founder & president of jury Miklós Lukács and the American special talents of last year's competition will showcase their dazzling skills on the instrument which is a true Hungaricum: authentic and yet very modern.

Stay with us for the subsequent episodes of the performances!

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Miklós Lukács is one of the best-known cimbalom players today. His unique style is inspired by contemporary classical music, jazz, and folk music from his native Hungary and the Balkans. In 2006, he started his own project, the Lukács Miklós Quintet, and has also composed music for plays, chamber orchestra, solo pieces, and concertos for cimbalom. He has performed with musicians including Charles Lloyd, Archie Shepp, Chris Potter, Steve Coleman, Herbie Mann, Uri Caine, Chico Freeman, among others. Lukács has performed as a soloist with several renowned orchestras (Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, RAI National Symphony Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra, the ORF Symphony Orchestra, etc.) and is the founder of the BMC International Cimbalom Competition. His playing is distinguished by a keen sense of musical structure and exploring novel options of playing the instrument, making it into a diverse tool of contemporary music.


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