Luca Hegedűs – hit dulcimer (cimbalom)
1987 – Kecskemét
Daughter of a Kodály awarded folk musician and a Kodály awarded folk dance teacher, Luca was surrounded by people dancing and playing music.
Her father is also the founder of the Hegedűs Ensemble. She started out playing the cello, and then at the age of 17 she met and fell in love with the hit dulcimer (cimbalom). Luca studied under Kálmán Balogh at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music where she graduated in 2011.
Luca is currently the country’s only female folk hit-dulcimer musician.
András Soós – Violin, Music Director
1986 – Gherla (Szamosújvár)
András was raised in the village of Szék in Romania, but moved to Budapest with his parents at the age of four. The culture and music from Szék influences his entire life.
András studied violin under Sándor Csoóri Jr along with many Transylvanian master musicians such as Sámuel Fodor “Neti Sanyi” from Kalotaszeg and Béla Kodoba from Mezőseg.
In 2009, András won the National Fiddle competition and in 2011 he won the Junior Prima award.
1981 – Tapolca
He inherited the love of musical instruments from his mother’s family: his grandfather and great-grandfather were both excellent musicians. The experience he gained in a music camp held in Balatonterenye in 1994 prompted him to prepare consciously to become a folk musician. After graduation, he attended the Musical Instrument Maker School of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music. He was a student of István Szabó, instrument maker with a golden diploma, and completed his studies in 2003.
He considers it to be important to continuously enrich his musical knowledge and skills, and greatly relies on the guidance of the viola player Zoltán Váradi in doing so.
Mihály Rosonczy-Kovács – Second violin, band leader
1984 – Budapest
Mihály graduated from Piarista High School in Budapest. In 2011, he earned a master’s degree from Péter Pázmány Catholic University in English and Italian History. During his university studies, he received a scholarship at the University of Cluj, in Tübingen, Germany, and in Verona, and later had an internship at the European Parliament.
He is currently the artistic director at Fonó Music House in Budapest.
Mihály studied classical violin at specialized secondary schools and became a student at the Bártók Béla Conservatory. Mihály is a self-taught folk musician who learned by ear from folk music masters such as Sándor Csoóri, Attila Halmos “Csiga”, András Jánosi, and a fiddler from Kalotaszeg, István Varga “Kiscspás”.
Mihály speaks Hungarian, English, German, Italian, and Polish. La Femme Magazine counted him as one of 50 talented young Democrats. In 2013, he was earned the Junior Prima award.
Hanusz Zoltán – double bass
1978 – Vársellye
Zoltán graduated from the Madách Imre Hungarian Language Grammar School in Šamorín/Somorja, Slovakia in 1997, and received his degree in cultural management from the University of Pécs, Hungary in 2008. He started to learn music and how to play the cello at the Németh-šamorínky István Elementary Art School. He self-taught himself in folk music and to play the double bass and the viola later on.
He developed a passionate love for folk music already in his teenage years. He gained his first decisive experience through László Lajtha’s collection of folk music in Sic/Szék, Transylvania, Romania. He dedicated himself to folk music for good after hearing the music played by the band of “Icsán” István Ádám from Sic/Szék and by Márton Kodoba’s band from Pălatca/Magyarpalatka, Transylvania, Romania. Later on he was also greatly influenced by musicians Géza Potta and Géza Dzsuga from Seňa/Abaújszina, Slovakia.
With István Horsa, he co-edited the folk-music monograph with the title Annus néni daloskönyve [Song Book of Aunt Annus] published in 2015. After many years of playing the viola, he returned to his instrument, the double bass. He learnt to play classical double bass as a student of Ákos Cziglényi.