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István Szomora, cimbalom and guitar player of Gipsy Ensemble Kalinka

°  Budapest (Hungary)

István Szomora grew up in a musical family where the cimbalom playing is passed on from father to son. At the age of 4 he got his first lessons from his grandfather Kálmán Szomora. His exceptional talent didn't stay unnoticed, as he won the talent contest “Ki mit tud” in 1992.
He studied classical music at the Béla Bartók Conservatory in Budapest with Gelencsér Ferencné. Later he studied gypsy music with Malácsik Gusztáv.
He has been working with several symphonic orchestras, interpreting the cimbalom part of classical works like e.g. the Háry János-suite by Zoltán Kodály. During several years he has also been the regular accomponyist of the violin player Sándor Járóka jr. and the clarinet player Ernő Kállai Kiss.

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