About us

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Tarsoly band was founded in 2010 by students of the Váci Bartók-Pikéthy Secondary School of Music. The band has earned many awards and accolades during its 10-year existence – in the year we were founded, we received a special prize at the Folk Music Competition in Tápiószentmárton and a Nívó Prize in Bonyhád. In 2011, we won the 4th prize out of 50 bands at Folkbeats Folk Music Talent Competition, in 2016, we received our second Nívó Prize, and in 2019, our band leader, Mátyás Bencze won Junior Prima Prize.

Our first album, Szombaton este, was released in 2011. After that Patakparton-Rákosmente népzenéje (2017), Mindenkié (2018) and then Nyírségi muzsika (2019) albums were published.

We featured in Fölszállott a páva tv show in 2013 as a semi-final band, and in 2018, we got into Fölszállott a páva – Final of Finals show.

Over the years, we have been guest performers with the State Folk Ensemble and the Fitos Dezső Troupe, later working with the Szilas and Forrás Folk Dance Ensembles and gaining outstanding qualifications. Since 2015, we have been a constant accompaniment with Bartina Folk Dance Ensemble, with whom we have represented Hungary several times throughout Europe and beyond, including in Borneo, China and Kyrgyzstan. Since its inception, the band has been a regular accompanist in domestic solo dance and choreography competitions, and in the summer, the audience will meet us as the host of the highly successful Music Island Stage at EFOTT Festival.

Ars poetica

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Our teachers are decisive for us to this day, because they not only planted something in us, but nurtured it until we all accepted it as our profession. We are not talking about sounds, melodies or dance orders, but about what music gives us and what we can give to this world. It’s not just our hobby, it’s our profession. This duality carries what is good for us and the daily routine that crystallizes it. The best is when we play together, as well as listening together is the real thing, because the community makes the feeling of playing music almost extraterrestrial.

We have always been social people, so we want to be the link between communities and Hungarian folk music! We consider it important to give our audience as much as possible – both for listening and for the experience of playing music, because the spice of the music and the colorful taste of the culture lies there in all of us. Our many years of friendship and togetherness are the foundation of our art. Our common goal is to live our traditions and make them widely known and to pursue the vocation that is in our heart: Hungarian folk music with unbroken perseverance, dedication and respect.

The Band