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Snétberger Ferenc


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Born in 1957 in northern Hungary, guitarist/composer Ferenc Snétberger was the youngest son of a family of musicians. Early on his father, a guitar player also, became his role model. Snétberger studied classical music and jazz guitar. Today he is best known for his art of improvising and his crossing of stylistic borders. His music is inspired by the Roma tradition of his home country, Brazilian music and flamenco as well as classical guitar playing and jazz. He made numerous albums as a leader, co-leader and sideman and has toured all over Europe as well as Japan, Korea, India and the United States.

In 1995 he composed his Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra, "In Memory of My People", on the occasion the fiftieth year following the end of the holocaust. Inspired by melodies of the gypsy tradition, the concerto is a powerful statement against human suffering. It has been performed by the composer himself with chamber orchestras in Hungary, Italy and Germany and also at the New York UN headquarters (International Holocaust Memorial Day, 2007).

Ferenc Snétberger performed Luciano Berio's Sequenza XI (for solo guitar) as well as concertos with orchestra by Vivaldi, Rodrigo, and John McLaughlin. He also wrote music for film and theater. On stage he performed with David Friedman, Dhafer Youssef, James Moody, Trilok Gurtu, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Bobby McFerrin and others. Snétberger in 2002 was appointed freeman of Nógrád county and in 2010 of his birth town Salgótarján. In 2004 received the Hungarian Order of Merit. In 2005 he was awarded the Liszt Ferenc Prize in Budapest.

In 2004 Snétberger founded his new trio with legendary Norwegian bass player Arild Andersen and Norway-based Italian drummer/percussionist Paolo Vinaccia. With natural ease and on the highest level the three of them bring together choice compositions, technical skills, improvisational drive and musical fantasy. Released in fall 2005, their debut album "Nomad" was greeted with enthusiasm by critics and listeners.

In the same year Snétberger's performance with Bobby McFerrin at the Veszprém summer festival (Hungary) was recorded for the DVD "Snétberger live" (solo / duo with McFerrin / trio "Nomad"). In summer 2007 Snétberger was invited by McFerrin for further duo concerts in Germany and Spain.

Snétberger's cooperation with Markus Stockhausen started in 1999 with "Landscapes", a duo suite recorded for Snétbergers album "For My People". In three movements the musicians immediately create a language of their own showing their talents in an amazing way. "They come along lightly and yet filled with melancholy - and they give the impression that one day they simply HAD to meet in order to make this music happen. You can't help but hope this cooperation will be continued soon," Ralf v.d. Kellen wrote in Intro magazine. Eight years later during which Snétberger and Stockhausen have further been stimulating each other artistically, their duo album "Streams" finally proves their development.

He was awarded with Deutscher Jazzpreis (guitar category) in April 2022.
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
1985 Nuages / Felhők Hungaroton SLPX 17910
1989 Trió Stendhal Hungaroton SLPX 37245 Own
1991 Earthsound Sentemo SNT 30191
1991 Snétberger Ferenc: Samboa Sentemo SNT 30190 Own
1992 Snétberger Ferenc: Bajotambo Sentemo SNT 30991 Own
1992 Trio Stendhal: Something Happened Sentemo SNT 30192 Own
1992 Zörr Hungaroton HCD 37669
1994 Trio Stendhal: Live! Bouvard & Pécuchet VBP 014 Own
1994 Snétberger Ferenc: Signature Enja ENJ-9017 2 Own
1994 Running Time - The best of László Dés Hungaroton HCD 37332
1996 Snétberger Ferenc: The Budapest Concert Enja TIP-888 823 2 Own
1998 Snétberger Ferenc: Obsession Tiptoe TIP-888 834 2 Own
1999 Snétberger Ferenc: For My People Enja ENJ-9387-2 Own
2000 Gitár-dob párbaj
(Guitar-Drums Battle)
Hungaroton HCD 71010 Jazz History 3.
2001 Snétberger Ferenc: Balance Enja ENJ-9432 2 Own
2003 Dés-Snétberger: Double Invention TOM-TOM Records TTCD 50 Own
2003 Dusko Goykovich: Samba Do Mar Enja ENJ-9473 2
2003 Joyosa Enja ENJ-9468 2
2004 Snétberger Ferenc: Nomad Enja ENJ-9485 Own
2006 Lakatos, Tony: Gypsy Colours Skip Records SKP 9062-2
2009 Babel TOM-TOM Records TTCD 120
2010 Lamm Dávid: 1st the 1 (... then the other) X-produkció XP042
2016 Ferenc Snétberger: In Concert ECM Records ECM2458 Own