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Félix Lajkó Trio at Jazzkaar


Félix Lajkó, the world famous Hungarian violin and zyther player performs at Jazzkaar with his trio on 24th April on Vaba Lava. Come and join us to experience Félix's sentimental metal music!


Félix Lajkó was born in Bačka Topola (Hungarian: Topolya, Serbian Cyrillic: Бачка Топола), a town in the multi-ethnic and multi-cultural Voivodina region of present-day Serbia on 17 December 1974. Despite loving music dearly, no member of his ethnic Hungarian family had chosen music a profession before. Having started out with playing the zither, Lajkó quit the musical high school of Subotica at sophomore grade to go to Budapest with a borrowed violin and become a member of the Dresch Quartet. He has been commuting between Budapest, Hungary and Subotica, Serbia ever since, representing and culturally connecting Hungary and his native Voivodina region.

Félix Lajkó has always been one of those musicians who affects the soul with special sensitivity, the kind who uses his instruments as an intermediary between himself and the world. No matter what he tries his hand at or who joins him on the stage, the end result is always a mixture of instinctive and viscerally soulful music fed by a crystal-clear source of unknown profundity. His musical world establishes an independent genre that he combines, with unique sensitivity and feeling, with practically any musical ensemble of similar exigency. Félix Lajkó has been giving his highest profile concerts at Müpa, Palace of Arts of Budapest for years.



(photo: Gábor Erdélyi)


My music is essentially based on the sensitivity and variability of my instrument. I do not play any so-called new-style music; I just have my way in improvising and composing. I do not differentiate between musical styles and trends; I play folk, classical, rock, blues, jazz, and improvised tunes alike. At the moment I would describe my music as sentimental metal.”


Lajkó has played together with a large number of well-known bands and musicians. He has had several concerts with the romanian starviolinist Alexander Balanescu, the internationally known VOLOSI from Poland, His violin music captivated musically sensitive audiences in Tokyo, Amsterdam, Berlin, Bratislava, Prague, Budapest, Brașov, Belgrade, Sarajevo, Ljubljana, Frankfurt, Lyon, Bordeaux, Venice, Verona, Edinburgh, London, Tallinn, Munich, Vienna, and New York.

Often referred to as the Devil’s Violinis or a child prodigy, once he is on stage with an instrument – be it the violin or the zither – Lajkó is capable of doing anything, of guarding his audience to a world that opens up only to those born with a special talent. Félix Lajkó handles music rather impulsively. There is no need to define the style or genre of his music, since it is exactly about the opposite: transgressing styles, accepting the inexplicable.


He made more than 16 albums and was awarded multiple times, in 1993 together with the Dresch Quartet he received the Emerton Prize of the Hungarian Radio, in 1999 the Prize For Hungarian Art, in 2005 the Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic, Officer's Cross, and in 2016, the highest musical award possible by the Hungarian State, the Liszt Prize.


After 10 years, with the help of the Institute, Félix has returned to Tallinn, this time to Jazzkaar with guitarist Attila Sidoo and contrabass player József Horváth. See the program on Jazzkaar's website here and buy tickets on Piletilevi here.


Our Institute has launched a game in connection with Félix's concert where you can win one of his CDs and two tickets. Please follow our Facebook-site to learn more!




(the photo on the front was taken by András Hajdu)


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