Encapsulating the magic of music

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Talk about the western musical instruments and what comes to mind is the piano and cello. Mysticism fills the air when dense sound and wide range of the piano unites brilliantly with the smooth tones of the cello to create magic. Virag Kiss and Sandor  Dezso have been experiencing this magic since

their childhood but never thought it would bring them together.

Virag Kiss, a pianist and Sandor a cellist, are the Hungarian artistes who were recently in the City to perform for a musical concert. The
duo have known each other since 2005 when they used to study together in the University of Miskolc.

“We were in the same university but hardly knew each other until we got a chance
to be part of the University’s chamber choir. It was during practice sessions and concerts that we started talking and fell in love,” says Virag. “Our relationship started when we were in the university. So we got married and decided to work together.”

So far, the couple has performed in Romania, France, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Budapest, China, South Korea, Japan, Switzerland, Poland and now in India. “For the first time we have performed in India,” says Sandor, who is excited to see the City as well as the country. “After Delhi we are heading towards Kolkata for our next performance,” he says.

Quiz Virag how she balances her personal and professional life, she replies, “It is a joint effort to make our every performance a memorable event,” says Virag. “Things work out between us because we both make an effort to maintain healthy professionalism. Yes, many a time we face differences, we don’t accept each other’s point of view but we discuss the matter and come to a mutually agreeable point,” she says.

Interestingly, the couple plays traditional classical music and also compose pieces too, which they recently played in a concert.  “We have named it as Sonatina. There are three short pieces in it. There is no story to it so none of the pieces are inter related. One similarity amongst the three is the positivity and energy. It is both emotional and joyous,” says Sandor.

What came as a surprise was that the couple is aware about Indian Classical Music. “Indian music was a part of our curriculum,” excitingly says Sandor. “I bought a Sitar to lean about the music. Our course was not so vast so I learned few ragas,” he says, pointing out that Indian music course is mandatory in Hungarian University.

But somehow the couple is not too much in to Bollywood music. “I have seen few songs but I don’t remember their lyrics,” says Virag. “However, Bollywood films are very popular in Hungary. Indian films are widely covered by the
media there. Also, films are being screened every week considering liking of people for Bollywood.

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