Balázs Szokolay Dongó

hungarian shepherds’ flutes, bagpipe, soprano saxophone

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He plays folk music and folk-music-inspired improvisations on the bagpipe, shepherds’ flute and saxophone. His folk music arrangements and compositions are inspired by the deep study of the Carpathian Basin’s folklore, and this is how his own improvisational musical style has formed, which carries the musical culture of old times and at the same time produces a modern, contemporary sound. As a folk musician Dongó has regularly appeared in the Hungarian musical scene since 1990. An important part of his activities comprises his workshop where his art of playing folk music is consummated by historical music and improvisation. Besides giving concerts he composes and creates applied music for dance and puppet-show performances.

In 1994 he was awarded the Young Master of Folk Art title. He taught the bagpipe at the Óbuda Folk Music School between 2003 and 2007. In 2005 he was awarded the Artisjus prize.

Recently his main interest turned towards classical composers like Bela Bartók and Zoltán Kodály. He plays their folk based compositions on traditional folk instruments like sheperd’s flutes together with Balazs Szokolay on piano.
In december last year he was awarded the Prima Prize (best among the bests) in Folk Art cataghory.
He has played in many of the biggest concert halls of the world, like The Concert Gebouw, or the Carnegie Hall.

He plays different kind of hungarian shepherds’ flutes, bagpipe, soprano saxophone and a special Hungarian woodwind instrument called tárogató.