The 100 tsigane violins
Report shot in Hungary, the home of tsigane violins, on the occasion of the visit in Paris by the Budapest symphonic orchestra's hundred violins. The orchestra plays traditional tsigane music as well as classical music pieces. Distinctive feature: the musicians play by ear, and we sometimes find three generations of a same family within the orchestra.
It was in 1985 with the death of the gypsy violinist and conductor Sandor Jaroka, that Lajos Boross had the idea of creating an exceptional orchestra to honour his memory. This was how the Budapest Symphony Orchestra came about, dubbed "100 gypsy violins" which under the direction of Laslzo Berki soon met with great popular success around the world.
Bringing together the most prestigious gypsy musicians of Hungary, this symphony orchestra, made up of typical folklore instruments like the cimbalom, has a characteristic sound that mixes the immortal repertoire of the great Romantic composers (Liszt, Brahms, Johann Strauss) with traditional folklore airs (czardas) and other original pieces of great gypsy composers (Szentirmay, Monti and Berki).
Since the passing of Laslzo Berki in 1997 the orchestra was placed under the direction of the master of violin Jozsef Lendvai Csosci but never forgot its original mission: to celebrate the festive and melancholic Gypsy soul.