The HAYDN BARYTON TRIO BUDAPEST was founded by Balázs Kakuk in 1980 with the intention to revive Joseph Haydn’s almost 200 compositions for baryton - an original instrument of Prince Esterházy Miklós, the Magnificent - in order to perform the pieces in authentic and original instrumentation. The Ensemble plays all Barytontrios from Haydn as well as quintets, octets and the barytondivertimenti from other commposers of the Esterházy circle. The Trio has done film music recordings, TV-productions, concert tours worldwide.
Balázs Kakuk violoncello, viola da gamba and barytongamba artist, professor for cello and chamber music at Franz Liszt Music Academy and Béla Bartók Conservatory in Budapest. As member of the Baroque Quartet Collegium Musicum Budapest he was winner of the competition of “Festival van Vlaanderen” in Brügge in 1978. Besides the modern cello he plays all the viols sopran, alt, tenor and bass in originalmensur as well as the 17 string Barytongamba. Prof. Kakuk is a founder and leader of HAYDN BARYTON TRIO BUDAPEST. Worldwide several solo and chamber music concerts, radio, television and CD recordings. A well-known specialist of early music in authentic instruments who has widespread engagement by international music congress, professor of master classes in Hungary and in foreign countries, adjudicator of prominent music competitions.
József Spengler started his music studies on the violin at the age of 6. From the age of 10 he was a multiple winner of the „Youth Music” Violin Competition in Budapest. He later studied at the Béla Bartók Conservatory and became the concertmaster of the Postás Szimfónikus Zenekar at the age of 25. Since 1976 he has been the violist in the orchestra of the Hungarian State Opera and of the Philharmony Society. World tours, records, CD-, DVD productions, frequent chamber music activities.
András Kaszanyitzky received a violoncello artist diploma in 1998 at Franz Liszt Music Academy. Winner of several competitions at home and abroad. In 1996 he was awarded the second prize of the Popper Cello Competition in Budapest. He played in the Somogyi Quartet, Sándor Frigyes Chamber Orchestra, Erkel Ferenc Chamber Orchestra, and in London City Opera. Permanent member of the Weiner-Szász Chamber Symphony Orchestra and the HAYDN BARYTON TRIO BUDAPEST. Done concerts in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, England, Netherlands, Slovakia, Scotland, USA, China and Thailand.