András Benkő musician, kobzo performer

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The Koboz

The koboz,

nown as the cobza, is a short necked, similar to the ud of Iraq and Syria and belong to the lute family. This instrument is very old, so there are numerous sculptures and paintings on the walls of some Hungarian’s churches and monasteries from the 16th century. The medieval minstrels played on the instrument.

In Hungary was known the koboz as the Hungarian medieval lute, but this term is also used by the cobsa in Moldavia, Romania too. 

The koboz has a harmonious soft tone, tuned to D-A-D-G, G-D-G-C or A-E-A-D. It is generally used to accompany fiddles or pipes. 


My first master was Tamás Kobzos Kiss for 7 years, who introduce me the kobza and teach me basic folk- and early music lessons. Sándor Balogh teached me solfeggio, I graduate flute and chamber music in Óbuda Folk School. András L. Kecskés lutist helped me understand more early music. By him I get knew Géza Fábri, who teached me instrument technique.
During the folk song gatehering in Moldavia I make music with flutists – István László Legedi, András Hódorog (Klézse), violinists – Márton Fehér (Külsőrekecsin), Aurel Mandache (Gisteni), kobza player – Paun Vasile, singers – Erzsi Bálint (Klézse), Mária Petrás and Viktor Tímár from (Gyimesbükk-Hidegség). I am Proud to be friend of them.

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Tying the knot to Csángó folk music from Moldavia

Sültü Band had the privilege of playing at a very special wedding on Saturday, October 1. The unique venue of the nuptials was a historic early medieval church dating back to the 12th century, which had once belonged to the now extinct village of Gercse. The church occupies the middle of a clearing at the foot of Hármashatár hill in the undulating landscape of Budapest’s northeastern periphery.

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