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Jenő Lisztes

Jenő Lisztes


Cimbalom player Jenő Lisztes was born in Budapest in 1986; he is the grandson of a famous cimbalom artist. He was only four years old when he took up the cimbalom under the tutelage of his father. He studied classical music with Ágnes Szakály at Tóth Aladár School of Music in Budapest’s 6th District.

He won the Aladár Rácz Cimbalom Competition at the age of twelve. He was a student at the Liszt Academy in Budapest from 2005 to 2010 and graduated under the guidance of Ilona Gerencsérné Szeverényi as a cimbalom player and chamber musician.

He has been a member of the world-famous Roby Lakatos Ensemble since 2006. Jenő Lisztes has played in the most prestigious concert halls, for example New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Vienna Musikverein. Among other internationally acclaimed symphony orchestras, he is regularly invited by the Budapest Festival Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. He has also made a recording with the latter, together with world-famous Indian violinist Dr. Subramaniam.

He is involved in several ensembles and also has his own orchestra called Jeno Lisztes Cimbalom Project. He is the soloist and principal cimbalom player of the acclaimed 100-member Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra, recipient of the Hungarian Heritage and Hungaricum Awards. He plays the cimbalom in the soundtrack to the Hollywood film “Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows” and has worked with Hans Zimmer, probably the world's most famous movie score composer.

In 2018, he was the soloist of the Budapest Festival Orchestra at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. In 2022, he gave a solo recital at the House of Hungarian Music with Roby and Tony Lakatos and Marian Mexicanu, and was also invited as a soloist to the Liszt Fest organized by Müpa Budapest. On January 26, 2023, he performed at the European Parliament in Brussels to European and world leaders on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. In the same year, he was invited by world-renowned Finnish conductor Susanna Malkki and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra to the Lincoln Center in New York to play three concerts with them and also gave a solo concert in Sidewalk Studio at the David Geffen Hall.