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.

Csepregi Gyula

saxophone, saxophone - tenor

Place of Birth
Date of Birth

1958 Miskolc - 17 November 2014 Miskolc

Gyula Csepregi began his studies at Béla Bartók Conservatory of Music in 1980. One year later he appeared as a soloist in the legendary Hungarian drummer Gyula Kovács' Band.

He quickly became a valued saxophone soloist and joined the front-rank Hungarian jazz bandsmen. As from 1982, he played with the famed Aladár Pege, Imre Kőszegi, Gyula Babos and Szakcsi. Additionally, it did him credit that he played music with several Hungarian pop/rock stars too.

At the same time he achieved considerable international success in the field of jazz. He visited the whole Scandinavia playing together with numerous local and American musicians. More and more international jazz band invited him to appear with them as a guest artist.

Between 1982 and 1984, he was the permanent member of Aladár Pege Band. They travelled together throughout Europe.

In 1984, Gyula co-founded the Hungarian Jazz Quartett with Pál Vasvári, Béla Szakcsi Lakatos and Vilmos Jávori. Their album titled New Age. This band had also international success. In the middle of the 80s, it was regarded as one of the most popular band in Europe.

He has been a soloist of the Broadcasting Band of the Hungarian Radio (Studio11) since 1988. He is the artistic leader of this band since 2004.

One year later he co-founded the group In Line with Pál Vasvári. They made together fifteen albums, includes two with the amazing Dave Samuels and three with the excellent polish violin player and composer Krzesimir Debski. Beside them, quite a lot of young Hungarian musicians could have a chance to play with the In Line.

He has since 1997 been a member of an international All Stars' Band. He played together with the famous guitar virtuoso Mike Stern, the world-famous vibraphone wizard Dave Samuels (Spyro Gyra), Russel Ferrante pianist (from the two-time Grammy awarded Yellowjackets), Pál Vasvári on the bass, and the excellent drummer Alex Acuna from the legendary Weather Report. This band called Twin Lines Project. They made a double CD titled One from the studio - One from the stage.

As a soloist, he has always been an experimenting musician. He has had "adventures" in the field of symphonic music but is at home in pop/rock music too. Of course the jazz is "all over" in his musician life.

He was working as a teacher at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music for twenty years. Therefore numerous popular young Hungarian saxophonist studied under him.

1986 eMeRTon Award - Jazz Band of the Year (Hungarian Jazz Quartet)
1995 eMeRTon Award - Life-Achievement Award (Studio 11)
1996 eMeRTon Award - Instrumental Soloist of the Year
1997 eMeRTon Award - Jazz Band of the Year
1998 eMeRTon Award - Discovered of the Year (Hungarian World Music Orchestra)
1998 eMeRTon Award - Standard Award of the Hungarian Radio
2000 eMeRTon Award - Standard Award of the Hungarian Radio
2009 Gábor Szabó Award
2010 Liszt Award
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
Aladár Pege: Aladár Pege's 60th Birthday Concert Magánkiadás PEGE 5
Pege Aladár: Music for everybody vol.2 Magánkiadás Pege 11
1988 Bratislava Jazz Days '88 Opus 9115 2132-33 2 LPs
1989 Debski-Vasvári Group: Back in Nang Krém SLPM 37285 LP
1990 Pál Vasvári: Don't Stop! Krém SLPX 37451
1990 Csepregi Gyula: In Line Krém SLPX 37367 Own
1991 Robert Mandel: Electrotary Krém HCD 37502
1992 Csepregi - Pipeline Magánkiadás RMCD 9292 Own
1992 Pál Vasvári: Pál Vasvári featuring in line group Zsolt Audio PV 492
1998 Binder Károly: Retropolis - Old songs, new dreams Binder Music Manufactory 9801/-2
1999 László Attila Band: Smart Kid BMC Records BMC CD 034
1999 Twin Lines Project: One from the Studio, One from the Stage Periferic Records BGCD 032-033 2 CDs
2000 Vasvári Pál: Tales of the Princess Periferic Records PRCD 1003
2000 Nagy János: Táncok - Fej és írás Magánkiadás 0001 / 0002
2001 Csepregi Gyula: Love & Sax Magneoton 0927-42175-2 Own
2002 Pege Aladár: Music for everybody Hungaroton HCD 71099
2002 Polish-Hungarian Connection Magánkiadás
2005 Hungarian Jazz Store BMC HMIC BMC PCD 016 Not for sale - only for promotion / 4 CDs
2007 Magyar Jazz Quartet: Last Time Together Gramofon KJCD 2007-01
2007 Dörnyei Gábor: Drums, Music and Friends Hunnia Records HRCD 700
2008 Csepregi, Rátonyi: Private conversation Hunnia Records Own
2009 Gyula Csepregi & Róbert Rátonyi: Szomorú Vasárnap
(Gyula Csepregi & Róbert Rátonyi: Gloomy Sunday)
EMI 3083052
2009 Gyula Csepregi, Pál Vasvári: In Line 2009 EMI 6866312 Own