Biographies

Los Ungaros was founded in Vienna in 2006. The members of the ensemble come from Hungary and Peru – a circumstance that inspired the group’s humorous name. The goal of the three musicians is to broaden the chamber music repertoire for guitar and to open up new technical and musical possibilities through the addition of a contrabass guitar. The ensemble has a unique repertoire for the classical guitar, encompassing their own transcriptions of famous classical masterpieces, selected popular pieces and their own compositions.

The trio has played numerous concerts in various countries, including a very memorable first performance of their own transcription of Beethoven’s Sonata Pathétique for two guitars and a contrabass guitar that was enthusiastically acclaimed by the audience. Thanks to their continuing transcription and composition activities, Los Ungaros offer fascinating, virtuoso and multifaceted concert programmes.

Lajos Horváth was born in Budapest, Hungary. He studied with Miklós Mosóczi at the Liszt Ferenc University of Music in Budapest and with Walter Würdinger at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Lajos has won numerous prizes in national and international competitions and collaborates regularly with renowned orchestras in Vienna, such as the Vienna State Opera and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Gonzalo Manrique was born in Lima, Peru. He studied with Oscar Zamora at the National Conservatory of Music in Peru and with Brigitte Zaczek at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. He was awarded a prize at the 2nd International Abel Carlevaro Competition and plays regularly around the world, both solo and with chamber music groups.

László Szabó grew up in Győr, Hungary. He studied with Ede Roth at the Széchenyi István University in Hungary and with Alvaro Pierri at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. He has won prizes in several competitions, such as the Tokyo International Guitar Competition. László also works as a composer and has contributed a number of pieces to the core repertoire of the ensemble.