Artist database

This is the Artist Database of BMC, which includes information about composers, musicians, orchestras, choirs and groups that are either Hungarian or Hungarian by origin or live in Hungary, as well as information about releases recorded with them.

Amadinda Ütőegyüttes (Amadinda Percussion Group)

Orchestra, choir, ensemble


Amadinda Percussion Group has been formed in 1984 in Budapest by four musicians, just after having graduated from the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music. When founding the ensemble central point of their activity has been double. On one hand to present masterpieces of percussion music, unknown to the Hungarian audience so far, on the other hand to perform the music of Hungarian contemporary composers in their country and abroad. One of their principal intention is to inspire Hungarian and international composers to create new pieces. During the recent years three more new elements have been added to their aims: research of traditional percussion cultures, composing new pieces by the members of the group and transcribing outstanding pieces of music history for percussion instruments. From the very beginning Amadinda has cooperated with world famous artists like John Cage, Bruno Canino, Peter Eötvös, Rosemary Hardy, András Keller, Zoltán Kocsis, György Kurtág, György Ligeti, András Schiff. Nowadays Amadinda is considered as one of the most original and versatile percussion group all over the world.

1984 Darmstadt, Stipendium Prize
1985 Gaudeamus Music Competition Amsterdam, First Prize
1986 Prize of Hungarian Composers� Association for outstanding interpretation of Hungarian works
1987 Recording of the Year by Hungaroton
1988 Ferenc Liszt Prize by the Hungarian Government
1991, 1998 Prize of Society ARTISJUS Hungarian Bureau for the Protection of Authors' Rights
1997 Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic
2002 Chevalier de l�ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Z. Rácz)
2004 Kossuth Prize by the Hungarian Goverment
2008 Bartó-Pásztory Award

Current performances of Amadinda Percussion Group
Koncertkalendárium (
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
1985 Balassa Sándor: Hívások és kiáltások Op.33/ Az utolsó pásztor Op.30/ Rézfúvós kvintett Op.31/ Kvartett ütőhangszerekre Op.18
(Sándor Balassa: Calls and Cries Op.33/ The Last Shepherd Op.30/ Brass Quintet Op.31/ )
Hungaroton SLPX 12557 LP
1987 Amadinda Hungaroton SLPD 12800 Own
LP / Reissue on CD: HCD 12855 (1994)
1988 Sugár Miklós: Ballada; Musica agile; Chorea; Áttűnések; Találkozások; Mozaik
(Sugár, Miklós: Ballad; Musica agile; Chorea; Dissolves; Meetings; Mosaic)
Hungaroton SLPX 12970 LP
1988 Fiatal Zeneszerzők Csoportja 1.
(Young Composers' Group - 1)
Hungaroton SLPX 12945
1988 Sztravinszkij, Igor: Menyegző - 4 zongorás (1923 ) és zenekari (1917) változat
(Stravinsky, Igor: Les Noces - 4 pianos (1923) and orchestral (1917) version)
Hungaroton SLPD, HCD 12989 "Schallplatte des Jahres" 1988
1989 4'33" Hungaroton SLPD 12991 Own
LP / Reissue on CD: HCD 12991 (1994)
1990 Reich, Steve: Zene ütőhangszerekre, énekhangokra és orgonára; Zene fadarabokra; Sextet
(Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ; Music for Pieces of Wood; Sextet)
Hungaroton SLPX / HCD 31358 Own
Reissue on CD: HCD 31358 (1995)
1991 AMADINDA Live Quintana QUI 103081 Own
1992 Zörr Hungaroton HCD 37669 Own
1993 Reich, Steve: Another Look at Counterpoint Amiata Records ARNR 0393
1994 4'33" Hungaroton HCD 12991 Own
Reissue of Hungaroton SLPD 12991 (1989)
1994 Amadinda Hungaroton HCD 12855 Own
Reissue of Hungaroton SLPD 12800 (1987)
1997 Láng István: Szonáta hegedűre és zongorára, Szonáta gordonkára és zongorára, Canto per flauto solo etc.
(Láng, István: Sonata for Violin and Piano; Sonata for Cello and Piano; Canto per flauto solo etc.)
Hungaroton HCD 31641
1998 Hagyományok - Tradicionális polinéz és afrikai zene
(Legacies - Traditional Polynesian and African Music)
Hungaroton HCD 31813 Own
1998 Hungaroton Classic - 1999 Hungaroton HCD 31842 Sampler CD
1998 Márta István: Sound in Sound out - Kapolcs Riadó
(István Márta: Kapolcs Alarm)
Hungaroton HCD 31829
1999 Eötvös Péter: Psalm 151, Psy, Triangel BIS Records BIS-CD-948
1999 Márta István művei
Hungaroton HCD 31580
1999 Dés László: Akasztottak
(Dés, László: The Hanged)
BMC Records BMC CD 021
1999 Cage, John: Ütőhangszerekre írt kompozíciók - Legacies 2.
(Cage, John: Works for Percussion)
Hungaroton HCD 31844 Own
Complete Edition Vol. 1 (1935-1941)
2000 Melis László: Henoch apokalipszise
(The Apocalypse of Enoch)
BMC Records BMC CD 035
2000 Cage, John: Ütőhangszerekre írt kompozíciók - Legacies 4.
(Cage, John: Works for Percussion)
Hungaroton HCD 31846 Own
Complete edition Vol. 3 (1991)
2000 Cage, John: Ütőhangszerekre írt kompozíciók - Legacies 3.
(Cage, John: Works for Percussion)
Hungaroton HCD 31845 Own
Complete Edition 2. (1941-50)
2001 Dukay Barnabás: A mélység színén
(Over the face of the deep)
BMC Records BMC CD 052
2002 The Ligeti Project III Teldec 8573-87631-2
2002 Gémesi Géza művei
(Works by Géza Gémesi)
Hungaroton HCD 31940
2003 Reich, Steve: Zene 18 előadóra
(Music for 18 Musicians)
Hungaroton HCD 32208 Own
2003 Hungarian Jazz History 13. - Ragtime! Hungaroton HCD 71162
2004 Music Colors - Hungarian Contemporary Music (1989-2004) BMC HMIC BMC PCD 015 Not for sale - only for promotion
2004 Dubrovay László: Magyar hangok
(Dubrovay, László: Hungarian Sounds)
Hungaroton HCD 32274
2004 Sáry László: Ütőhangszeres kompozíciók
(Sáry, László: Works for Percussion)
Hungaroton HCD 32179 Own
2004 Legacies 5 - Amadinda and Friends. Live recordings 1989-1999 Hungaroton HCD 32294 Own
2004 Schönberg, Varése BMC Records BMC CD 102
2005 Sugár Miklós: Mozaik; Musica agile; Áttűnések; Felhő-variációk; Ballada; Chorea; Találkozások
(Miklós Sugár: Mosaic; Musica agile; Dissolves; Cloud Variations; Reminiscences; Ballad; Chorea; Meetings)
Hungaroton HCD 32326
2017 Szent Efrém Férfikar: Orientale Lumen III
(Saint Ephraim Male Choir: Orientale Lumen III)
BMC Records BMC CD 251