Andras Parniczky

Andras Parniczky

Photo: Richard Kalocsai

He was born in Geneva, Switzerland, 1972.

Music education:

  • 1991 – 1992 American Institute of Music, Vienna, Austria
  • 1992 – 1996 Ferenc Erkel Music School, Budapest, Hungary
  • 1996 – 2000 Jazz Department of the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy earned Cum Laude Bachelor’s Degree as a jazz-guitar performer and teacher, Budapest, Hungary
  • 2001 – 2002 Jazz Department of The Royal Conservatory, Hague, Netherlands
  • 2015 – 2016 Jazz Department of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, Master of Arts in Teacher Education

Summer courses:

  • 1999 – Berklee Clinic, Perugia, Italy, (won a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music)
  • 1996 – 1998 International Jazz Summer Courses, Tatabanya, Hungary

Group playing experiences, Concerts, Composing:

In August 2001 Andras Parniczky founded the group Nigun, since than they scored great success with performing in Europe and in the US as well. Besides Nigun he is leading the group Parniczky Quartet. He performed John Zorn's Cobra under the prompting of Zorn himself. He has played and/or recorded with Don Byron, Chris Potter, Steven Bernstein (Sex Mob), Frank London and Matt Darriau (Klezmatics), Aaron Alexander (Hasidic New Wave), Arthur Kell, Daniel Zamir, Frits Landensbergen, Klemens Marktl, Kristof Bacso, Istvan Balo, Robert Benko, Mihaly Dresch, Jozsef Barcza Horvath, Miklos Lukacs, Daniel Szabo, Bea Palya and classical piano artist Adam Fellegi.

He's a member of the Hungarian Soundpainting Orchestra led by Samuel Gryllus. Also performed with a big band conducted by Graham Collier. He's latest project with the Parniczky Quartet is the Bartok Electrified. A repertoire which based on the great composer Bela Bartok's works. Besides playing the guitar and composing music he also wrote several arrangements that are played by Hungarian big bands. In 2001, he scored music for the strings of the Residentie Orkest, which was performed at the Anton Phillips Zaal in The Hague. He took part in movie Portugal (dir.: Andor Lukacs) and Chacho Rom (dir.: Ildiko Szabo) as a musician and in dance films Door Quatrologie and Barbakan (dir.: Mariann Gaal) as a music director. He took place as a composer and a guitar player in dance pieces like Ko-Papir-..., Ott and Chance Operation. He's official member of the Society Artisjus, the Hungarian association of music composers.

Selected Recordings:

  • 2003 – Nigun: Klezjazz
  • 2004 – Nigun: 'Standard'
  • 2005 – Hungarian Jazz Store
  • 2005 – Soma: Teljes ebed
  • 2006 - Nigun feat. Daniel Zamir: Bale Kulturnik
  • 2011 – A Mika Tivadar hangjai
  • 2012 – Nigun: Lebedik at the Budapest Jazz Club
  • 2016 – Nigun: Live inem Sargfabrik

Awards or prizes:

  • He is an official artist of the U.S. based Collings Guitars and Mandolins
  • 2014 - 2nd prize in the Hungarian Critics Poll’s Jazz Guitar category
  • 2000 - Finalist of the Attila Zoller International Jazz Guitar Competition, Chairman: Pat Metheny
  • 1999 - Berklee College of Music scholarship
  • 1999 - Eotvos Scholarship of the Hungarian Government