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János Soós


Briefly about myself 

I was 10 years old when I first held a zither, a typical Hungarian folk music instrument, in my hands. I learnt how to play this instrument in an autodidactic way.
When I was 12 years old, I started to play folk music in the Székesfehérvár, Hungary, based zither band called Spring Wind.
It was there that I met János Varró, who was already a well-known figure in the world of folk music.
I can thank my commitment to folk music to the way János played music and his love and humbleness for folk music.
I learned so much from him and not only about music, but about how in folk traditions, the qualities of humility, respect, sharing of ideas and songs are as important as the music itself and no matter how successful, a good folk musician will not have airs and graces, but will share his knowledge and advise and guide his fellow musicians. In the late 80’s I joined to the band called Los Andinos, we played Peruvian folk music. We were very successful even winning the audience vote on the Hungarian talent show “Who knows what ?” after which we were given an award called "Pro Urbe Székesfehérvárért". At the same time I was pursuing other musical interests such as south-Slavic and Hungarian folk music.

In 1997 I received a zither of extremely bad quality, made in the Great Hungarian Plain, and it was then that I decided to make an instrument for myself.
Although it took me some time, but when I prepared my first zither, according to folk musicians the instrument turned out to be good, that is why I decided to continue preparing musical instruments.
At the jury organised in the Hungarian Heritage House, the committee classified my instruments as Folk Applied Art works.
After this, the Hungarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry honoured my zithers with a „HUNGARIAN ARTISAN MASTERPIECE” prize.
I have prepared musical instruments to Hungary, Germany, France, Finland, Canada and the United States as well.

Soós János