Gabor Gado (jazz guitarist) and the Classicus Ensemble

November 24, 2015 - 19:00 - 21:00
Oktober 6. u. 7
Oktober Hall
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Center for Arts and Culture (CAC)
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Photo: Robert Huysecom

Shostakovich: Cello Sonata in D minor, Op 40
Schnittke: Cello Sonata No. 1 (1978)

Tamas Zetenyi - cello

Marcell Dargay - piano

Gabor Gado: 
Narrations, Greetings from the Angel, Haiku, The Second Coming, World of Stone (in memoriam Tadeus Borowski), Sekinah, Voronezh 1934 (To Anna Ahmatova And Osip Mandelstam)

Gabor Gado - jazz guitar

Peter Tornyai - violin

Tamas Zetenyi - cello

Marcell Dargay - piano


Gábor Gadó graduated in 1983 from the Jazz Department of the Béla Bartók Music Conservatory as a student of Gyula Babos, following which he featured in the bands of the vanguard of Hungarian jazz musicians. Amongst his first partners were Róbert Rátonyi Jr, Ferenc Snétberger, Attila László, Béla Szakcsi Lakatos, Elemér Balázs and Kálmán Oláh. Later he appeared more and more frequently in international line-ups, for example alongside Gerald Veasley, Randy Roos and George Jinda.

The first band he organised was called Joy, and recorded an album entitled Cross cultures. In 1991 he released Special time, the first album under his own name, then toured Europe with Nikola Parov. In 1995 he moved to France, then briefly lived in London too. After five years the Gábor Gadó Quartet was formed in Paris: Matthieu Donarier (tenor saxophone), Sébastien Boisseau (double bass), Joe Quitzke (drums). 

He first played with his French partners on the album Greetings from the angel, which was followed by Homeward and the outstandingly successful Orthodoxia. Gábor Winand’s album Corners of my mind, composed by Gábor Gadó, was chosen by the French magazine Jazzman as one of the best albums of the year in 2002. In 2003 his achievements earnt him the Bobby Jaspar prize, awarded by the French L’Academie du Jazz each year to the European jazz musician of the year - the highest international recognition of his work to date. He is a sought-after guest at French and international festivals and clubs.


The four very talented young Hungarian musicians (Zoltán Fejérvári, János Palojtay (piano), Péter Tornyai (violin, viola), Tamás Zétényi (viola) played their first concert as Classicus Ensemble in late 2009 at the Academy of Music in Budapest. Since then they have performed successfully in Hungary and abroad, including prestigious competitions, a live broadcast on the Hungarian National Radio and a series of concerts in New York. They have been regularly giving concerts at CEU as artists-in-residence since 2011, occasionally with guest musicians to cooperate with.

Admission is free!