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Tamás Ittzés (b. in Budapest, Hungary, Sept 20, 1967) – violin teacher of the Kodály School in Kecskemét and of the Debrecen University, Hungary.

Tamás Ittzés comes from a musical family as both of his parents are music teachers and his father is the director deputy of the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét. He began to study violin at the age of six. He took his first piano lesson when he was eight. He finished the musical high-school as violinist but also received 2nd prize at the National Solfeggio (and Folk Song Singing) Contest. He took choir conducting and violin at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest and graduated in 1993 when he was given a red diploma (which means all scores were the highest). His violin teachers were Prof. Mária Vermes (1988-1990) and Mária Zs. Szabó (1990-1993) and he studied chamber music under the direction of composer György Kurtág, pianist Ferenc Rados and others. He began teaching in the world famous Kodály School in Kecskemét where he mostly teaches in the musical high school section but has also been dealing with beginners. He not only teaches but was concert master of the local Symphony (1996-1999) and plays in concerts both as soloist and chamber musician. And directs his Bohém Ragtime Jazz Band – mostly as pianist.

His high school students are now at several universities and have won several prizes. Tamás took part at the 1999 ESTA conference in Bristol where he held practical demonstration of the Kodály method in string education.


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I must confess you, your band is the best oldtime jazzband, which I've ever heard in my life. You do a real music with heart. Each of you had me deep impressed.
(Dai Kimoto, CH, 2010)

The music the Bohém played in Davos was excellent. Tineke and I found the last evening in Steigenberg the best performance.
(Willem Peul, NL, 2010)

I want to tell you that I appreciated very much your band which is a perfect balance of traditional jazz, entertainment and music from your country with plenty of humour. And this combination by excellent musicians.
(Michel Bastide, F, 2010)

A tight-knit, disciplined, and intensely swinging ensemble. [...] The arrangements by Ittzés are both stylistically true and brilliantly inventive.
(CBMR Digest, Chicago, USA)

Temperament, Komik und Show zogen sich als verträgliche Einheit wie ein roter Faden durch den spektakulären Auftritt.
(Die Union, Deutschland)

Die Ungarn zeigten eine unbändige Spielfreunde, gepaart mit viel Humor und zurückhaltenden Show-Einlagen.
(Harz Kurier, Deutschland)

Mit ihrem temperamentvollen, mitreissenden Ragtime spielte sich die ungarische Bohém Ragtime Jazzband in die Herzen der Zuhörer und hinterliess einen glänzenden Eindruck. [...] Sie sind eine perfekt aufeinander abgestimmte Band, in der jeder sein Instrument virtuos beherrscht. Und das zeigte sich nicht nur imgemeinsamen harmonischen Zusammenspiel, sondern auch in den zahlreichen wunderschönen Soli.
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