The most important class, however, for me and for hundreds of other Hungarian musicians, was the chamber-music class. From about the age of fourteen, and until graduation from the Academy, all instrumentalists except the heavy-brass players and percussionists had to participate in this course. Presiding over it for many years was the composer Leó Weiner, who thus exercised an enormous influence on three generations of Hungarian musicians.

Sir Georg Solti
Kálmán Balogh

Kálmán Balogh

Folk Music Department

Folk Cimbalom as Main Subject, Repertoire Studies, Teaching Methodology

Born: 1959, Miskolc

University position: senior lecturer

Academic activity:
Professor of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music since 2007

Artistic activity:
Kálmán Balogh is one of the foremost Hungarian cimbalom players, descending from a famous dynasty of Hungarian Gypsy musicians. His virtuosity is matched only by his understanding and respect of his heritage. A graduate of Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music of Budapest, he has completed many successful tours throughout the world with various ensembles, including five tours in North America. In 1985 he was awarded the Hungarian distinction of "Young Master of Folk Arts", and two years later he won second prize in the Aladár Rácz cimbalom-competition. He plays mostly authentic folk music from Hungary and from the Balkans, though during the last years he has played with jazz groups, rock bands and a symphony orchestra, too. As an artist he has performed with such Hungarian bands as Jánosi, Ökrös, Téka, Méta, Muzsikás, Zsarátnok, Vízöntő, Vasmalom, the Swedish Orient-Express, the Dutch Sultan and Ot Azoj, the English Transglobal Underground, the American Peter Ogi and the Joel Rubin Jewish Ensemble. He was musical director of the "Magneten Gypsy Show" of Andre Heller and also performed on a CD with the Budapest Festival Orchestra playing Brahms' Hungarian Dances. In 1997, he performed with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra and also with the Miami Philharmonic Orchestra. The cimbalom, a sort of oversized hammer dulcimer played with mallets like a vibraphone, possesses piano like percussive abilities to drive a band rhythmically or take the melodic lead. In Kálmán Balogh's expert hands, the cimbalom can do both simultaneously. His mastery of this unique and rare Hungarian folk instrument has mesmerized audiences.

Major international tours
1998: Lisbon World Expo (P)
1999: Carnegie Hall (Philadelphia Orchestra-val együtt) New York (US)
         Bottomline, New York (US)
         Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis (US)
         Madison Cultural Center, Chicago (US)
         International Cimbalom Festival, Turnhout (B)
2000: Festival International de Jazz de Montreal (CA)
         Festival d'été de Québec (CA)
         Citizen Blues Festival (CA)
         Cebreton Flats, Ottawa (CA)
         International Gipsy Festival, Tilburg (NL)
         Grezenlos Musikfestival, Murnau (G)
         Pro Helvetia, Kulturbrugg-Festival, Rorbas-Freinstein (CH)
         Festival di Torrechiara, Milano, Bologna (I)
2001: Orteguiera (Sp)
         L'année Hongroise in France: Festival Paris Quartier d'Eté, Paris (F)
         Festival d'Ile de France (F)
         Cabaret Sauvage, Paris, Teatre de la Ville (F)
         Heidelberg, Hackbrett Festival - München, Fellbach (G)
         6th Klezmer and Gipsy Music Festival, Verona, Inerolo (I)
         Arcipelago Estate, Teatro Civico, Dalmine (I),
2003: Orient Express Project in Theatre Bobigny, Paris (F)
         De Doelen, Rotterdam (NL)
         Haus der Kultur der Welt, Berlin (G)
         Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto,Vancouver, Calgary (CA)
         Boston, Pittsburgh, Cleveland (US)
         Ann Arbor, Chicago, Madison, Seattle, Portland, Santa Cruz, Berkley, San Diego, Los Angeles,
         Las Vegas, Phoenix, Austin, Dallas, Washington, Philadelphia, Bottom Line, New York (US)
2004: Seattle, California, Texas (US)

1995  Balogh Kálmán & the Gipsy Cimbalom Band: Roma vándor
1997  Balogh Kálmán & the Gipsy Cimbalom Band: Gipsy Colours
1998  Balogh Kalman:The Art of The Gipsy Cimbalom
1999  Balogh KKálmán és a Romano Kokalo: Gipsy Colours
2003  Balogh Kálmán & Gipsy Cimbalom Band: Aroma
2005  David Murray, Kovács Ferenc és Balogh Kálmán & Gipsy Cimbalom Band
2005  Balogh Kálmán: Karácsonyi örömzene
2006  Balogh Kálmán - Korpás Éva: Ó szép fényes hajnalcsillag
2007  Balogh Kálmán & Gipsy Cimbalom Band: Aven Shavale
2008  Kalman Balogh: Master of the Gipsy Cimbalom
2009  Balogh Kálmán - Lukács Miklós: Cimbalomduó
2010  Balogh Kálmán - Farkas Rózsa: Chick Corea Childrens Songs
2010  Balogh Kálmán & Gipsy Cimbalom Band: Délibáb
2012  Kalman Balogh Cimbalom Trio

Awards and honors:
1985 A Népművészet Ifjú Mestere
1987 Rácz Aladár Cimbalom Competition II. Prize
1999 eMeRTON Award
2005 Artisjus Award
2009 Bezerédi Award
2009 Kodály Zoltán Award
2009 Musician of the year