Project Description

Photo: Ingrid Andrási

Miklós Lukács

cimbalom artist

Miklós Lukács is one of the world’s most active and versatile cimbalom players. Contemporary music, jazz, and the folk music of different cultures create a perfect symbiosis in his artistry. Several cimbalom pieces have been composed for him as a performer, including Da Capo by Péter Eötvös, the cimbalom concerto Sounds of Generations Y-Part II by Máté Bella, as well as cimbalom concertos by Kornél Fekete-Kovács, Béla Szakcsi Lakatos, Kálmán Oláh, Kristóf Bacsó, György Vukán, and Mihály Borbély’s Double Concerto for cimbalom and tárogató. Througout his career so far, Lukács has been the soloist of prestigious orchestras like the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, RAI National Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Remix Ensemble, Israel Contemporary Players, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Ligeti Ensemble, UMZE Ensemble, and THReNSeMBle.

He played with such jazz greats as Charles Lloyd, Archie Shepp, Steve Coleman, Bill Frisell, Chris Potter, Uri Caine, and Frank London. His performance can be heard on over 50 albums, a third of which features him as the band leader. His concerts and releases are regularly reviewed not only in the international and Hungarian music press but in publications such as The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and The Guardian. Since 2001, Lukács has been teaching at the Rajkó-Talentum Dance and Music Art School, and he was a lecturer at the Snétberger Music Talent Center. He was awarded with the prizes for Hungarian Heritage and Hungarian Arts, in addition to being a two-time Artisjus and Gramofon Award winner.