KÁLMÁN BALOGH (b 1959 )
Kálmán Balogh is a Hungarian cimbalom player with a Hungarian Gypsy musicians lineage. A graduate of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, he completed his studies in 1980 under the supervision of Ferenc Gerencsér and has since studied Gypsy music in Europe and Asia. He has completed many tours throughout the world including North America where he has performed with renowned orchestras and ensembles and has performed with many folk bands as well as recording dozens of albums.
In 1985 he was awarded the Hungarian distinction of Young Master of Folk Arts, and two years later he won second prize in the Aladár Rácz cimbalom competition. As an artist he has performed with Hungarian bands such as Jánosi, Ökrös, Téka, Méta, Muzsikás, Zsarátnok, Vízöntő, Vasmalom, the Swedish Orient-Express, the Dutch Sultan and Ot Azoj, the English Transglobal Underground, the American Peter Ogi, the Joel Rubin Jewish Ensemble and was musical director of the Magneten Gypsy Show.