Gala Concert of 100 Gypsy Violins
Ernő Kállai Junior Prima Prize winner violinst
The 100 Gypsy Violins, as a recognition of its outstanding artistic and folklore work joined the "Hungaricum" collection,
and from March 18, 2014 is entitled for the noted
"Hungaricum - Outstanding National Virtue" title.
Ernő Kállai
Junior Prima Prize winner violinst
It has become a tradition for The 100 Gypsy Violins to give a gala concert on December the 30th. The audience will get the chance to hear the pieces of Liszt, Brahms, Strauss and Khachaturian in the interpretation of outstanding musicians.
The worldwide unique 100 Gypsy Violons was founded in 1985. Those establishing the Orchestra aimed to unite the best of the famous musician dynasties and to ensure a place and workshop for them, their offspring and other talented young musicians. Saving the traditions of Gipsy and Hungarian folk music, the survival of classical folk music through performing it within the repertoire are among the main goals of the Orchestra. These outstanding musicians and first violins, thanks to their high qualification and the everlasting beauty of Gipsy music.
Next to the repertoire of Gipsy and Hungarian music, they offer popular pieces of the notables of international classical music as well. With its art, the Orchestra is hoping to build a bridge between minority and majority, undertaking its own differences, saving their values to enrich the colorful palette of European culture. With their music the Orchestra finds its way to the very hearts of their audience at all times and all places. enrich the colorful palette of European culture.
Nándor Beke Farkas
Cavalier of Hungarian Culture
József Lendvai „Csócsi”
The Main Primate,
Art Director
Oszkár Ökrös
dulcimer soloist

100 Gypsy Violins The formation of the Hungarian Heritage Prize winner 100 Member Gipsy Orchestra thirty years ago was inspired by a tragic event. All of the country’s Gipsy musicians gathered for the funeral of the outstanding “primas king” (gipsy soloist) Sándor Járóka Sr., and played on the ceremony. The idea of a grand concert orchestra, to fill the remaining artistic and intellectual gap, was born. The founders – László Berki, Tivadar Mészáros, Lajos Boross - , following a months’ long preparation, officially established the “Budapest Gipsy Band Cultural Association” on November 2nd, 1985. Later, among the musicians and audience, the 100 Member Gipsy Orchestra name was used.
The Orchestra debuted within the Budapest Spring Festival on March 22, 1986 at the same place of today’s concert, the Patria hall of the Budapest Congress Center. The premiere was recognized by both the Hungarian and international professional audience. The 100 Member Gipsy Orchestra began its way to world fame becoming the gift of the Gods for the people. From 2016 they named as The 100 Gypsy Violins.
András Puporka
clarinet soloist
László Berki
concert master
András Suki
concert master
A bridge connecting…
Since its foundation, the Orchestra has given over a thousand concerts from the smallest villages to the world’s most famous concerts halls, proving the artistic value of Hungarian and Gipsy culture orchestrated for classic music on an outstanding level. The Orchestra stands as an example for the majorities and minorities of a community, forming empathy and building a bridge among differences. The aim of the members is to keep this exclusive music merit alive and to protect the centuries’ long music tradition of the Gipsy people. With the hard work throughout the generations the Orchestra has become an emblematic and inspiring institution.
The ensemble operating as a classic symphonic orchestra is a world unique formation. Its repertoire includes classic pieces by Liszt, Bartok, Hubay, Erkel, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Sarasate, Strauss etc., as well as traditional Hungarian and Gipsy music and folk melodies.
Tibor Lukács
Gyula Mici Farkas
Ferenc Lendvai jr.
The success
The Orchestra, during the past thirty years, has given concerts and entertained the audience all over Europe, Asia, America, Australia and New Zealand. Wherever they play, overwhelming success is guaranteed. The Orchestra today consists of 138 musicians. According to the critics there is “something magical” in the stage appearance of the “world’s most famous Gipsy orchestra”. The reason behind is the endless enthusiasm they diffuse. Success for these musicians is a message bringing new inspirations every single time. The 100 Member Gipsy Orchestra finds the way to the audience’s hearth regardless of the place and time, contributing to the colorful palette of European culture.
Since its formation, the Orchestra has recorded 21 CD’s, 5 DVD’s gaining 5 platinum and 9 golden records. Endless radio and TV presentations have been made, as well as a road movie in 2003 in Monte Carlo, called ‘AVES”. The Orchestra has been awarded the Standard Prize of the Hungarian Radio as well as a number of professional awards and prizes. The Hungarian Heritage Prize was granted in 2000, the same year the Orchestra got into the Guinness Book of Records.

The 100 Gypsy Violins, as a reward of its traditional and artistic work was enrolled in the Hungaricum Collection and given the noted “Hungaricum” title on March 18, 2014. The conditions of the Hungaricum Collection are defined by national law, and present outstanding, unique and most noted values and achievements of the Hungarian nation.

Nándor Beke Farkas
Chevalier of Hungarian Culture
Ernő Kállai
Junior Prima Prize winner violinist
Photo: Ákos Kovács
Ernő Kállai is establishing himself as one of the most exciting and charismatic young violinists today. He made his Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium debut in 2008 with the Juilliard Orchestra, and was critically acclaimed by the Strad Magazine.

Erno Kallai made his debut with the New York Philharmonic in 2011, and has appeared as a soloist with the Orchestre National de Lille, Orquesta Classica Santa Cecilia, Boca Raton Symphonia, CEI Youth Orchestra, Concerto Budapest, Danubia Orchestra, Győr Philharmonic, Hungarian Radio Symphony, MÁV Symphony Orchestra, Szent István Symphony Orchestra and the Weiner-Szász Chamber Symphony.

Mr. Kállai has played in venues such as the Louvre Auditorium in Paris, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, Chicago's Symphony Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Palace of Arts in Budapest. In addition, he has given performed all over the USA, Canada, Mexico, France, Spain, Italy and Sweden and is a regular guest of Hungarian and international festivals and master courses.

As a devoted chamber musician, Mr. Kállai has performed chamber music concerts with world renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman and members of the Perlman Music Program. He has also played for the Hungarian radio and television, the France Musique, the New York radio WQXR’s “Young Artists’ Showcase”, and was also featured in Elle magazine in 2010.

Ernő Kállai was admitted to the Exceptionally Talented Children’s class of the Franz Liszt University of Musicat the age of twelve. In 2006 he received the full scholarship at the New York Juilliard School of Music, where as a student of Itzhak Perlman he obtained a bachelor's and master’s degree.

Awards and prizes:
Junior Prima award, 2012
2nd place and audience prize at the International Szigeti Violin and Viola Competition, 2012
1st prize at the Alexander & Buono International String Competition, 2011
1st prize at the Carl Flesch International Violin Competition, 2008
1st prize at the Juilliard Concerto Competition, 2008
Valerie Beth Schwartz Career Grant from Salone de Virtuosi in New York, 2007
Special Prize at the International Sarasate Violin Competition, 2005
1st prize at the Semmering Kodály Competition, 2004
1st prize at the Semmering Viennese Classics, 2004
1st prize and Special prize at the National Zathureczky Violin Competition in Hungary, 1998 and 2003

Erno Kallai’s instrument is a Carlo Antonio Testore violin, a generous gift of the Summa Artium Foundation.


Location, program, pricelist
December 30, 2017
Budapest Congress Center
1124 Budapest, Jagelló str. 1–3.

Opening: 6 pm
6.15 pm – 6.45 pm Wine-tasting and folk dance show
7 pm Concert, Part 1    
  Khachaturian:   Sword Dance
  Brahms:   Hungarian Dances No. 5
  Kodály:   Háry János – intermezzo
  Berki:   Czardas variation
  Monti:   Czardas
  Hubay:   Wavering Balaton
  Cimbalom solo   performance by Oszkár Ökrös Kossuth Prize winner artist
  Brahms:   Hungarian Dances No. 6
  Kodály:   Kállai duet
  Rossini:   William Tell – Overture
8 pm interval    
8.20 pm Concert, Part 2    
  Strauss:   The Bat - overture
  Strauss:   Long live the Magyar! (polka)
  Strauss:   Lightning and thunder
  Ferraris:   The two guitars
  Performance by Ernő Kállai Junior Prima Prize winner violinst
  Brahms:   Hungarian Dances No. 1
  Bizet:   Carmen – medley
  Marquina:   Spanish Gipsy Dance
  Dinicu:   The lark
  Strauss:   Radetczky March
  • Price list
– V.I.P. Kategória
    - vacsorával, nyolcfős asztaloknál: 37 800 HUF

– I. Kategória
     - vacsorával, nyolcfős asztaloknál: 32 800 HUF

– II. Kategória
     - borkóstolóval, sós falatokkal, hatfős asztaloknál: 18 500 HUF

– III. Kategória
     - Erkély 1–4 sor, borkóstolóval: 15 800 HUF

– IV. Kategória
     - Erkély 5–7 sor, borkóstolóval: 13 800 HUF

– V. Kategória
     - Erkély 8–9 sor, borkóstolóval: 11 500 HUF