A prominent figure in the Hungarian music scene since 1993, IMRE CZOMBA is a highly respected composer, film composer, keyboard player, music producer and orchestrator.
His work experience began in 1994 when he joined the Rock and Madach Theatre as a keyboard-player, and toured Western Europe. During this time he performed on television as well as some of the largest music venues in Budapest. These appearances gave him the chance to collaborate with some of Hungary’s best-known performers.
At an early point in his career, Imre was inspired by the blues, which can be clearly heard in his piano playing. He has been a member of several top blues bands and has performed on the same stages with B. B. King, Sting, Zucchero, Pink and Robben Ford.
In 2000 Imre’s career took a different turn when he was asked to compose music for several successful plays such as Merlin Theatre’s Deathtrap.
That experience lead to a meeting with choreographer Sandor Roman with whom Imre developed the unique harmony of dance and music for
ExperiDance. The dance group is committed to the heritage of Hungarian folk dance. Imre is successfully composing an outstanding music repertoire built around Hungarian folk music but also manages to step outside its boundaries. This new musical direction has turned into a romantic and grandiose part of world-music.
Continuing his collaboration with the dance group, he produced theatrical shows such as Revans(2003), Steel (collaborating with Bolzano Urban Theatre)(2005), Gypsies of Nagyida(2006), Measure for Measure(2007), Essence(2008), Happiness 69:09 (2009), and Liliomfi(2012). Imre also took part in the production of a TV-series by ExperiDance about the birth of dance, called The Legend of Dance. These successful shows are playing around the world, everywhere from China to Finland. The Gypsies of Nagyida played 5 successful weeks at Madrid Central Theatre.
These stage-shows are regularly played on the main stages of Budapest’s top theaters, and in bigger cities countrywide as guest-performances.
He has many successful musical plays, for example
Egy orszag születése(2007). The shows were performed with 250 dancers and 10 singers at Budapest’s most famous Hero Square. Untouchables(2012) played at the Margaret Island Open Air Stage and The Taming of the Shrew (Makrancos Kata)(2013) played at the RaM Colosseum.
In 2003, Imre joined the popular band NOX as a composer, keyboard player, and bandleader. As a result of their extensive touring, the albums by NOX topped every chart in Hungary. They received several gold, platinum and double platinum records. They also won the Band of the Year award at VIVA COMET(2006), PERSIAN GOLDEN LIONESS(2006), BRAVO OTTO(2006), LIGUE OF STARS, FONOGRAM and MAHASZ AWARDS. Their album
Shining became Album of the year in 2006.
In the same year Imre received the chance to compose the official song of the European Swimming Championship. Sport lovers all over the continent enjoyed the song and it went platinum on the day of its CD release. It has since turned double platinum. Later he had to chance to compose the Hungarian Olympic Team’s Official Song(2008), XXVIII. Judo European Championship’s Official song (2013) and Evgeni Plushenko’s Russian National Championship and Winter Olympic Music.
Imre maintained his momentum in 2006 by composing music for a play based on the Danish dogma movie
FESTEN receiving glowing reviews.
He also wrote a score for the inauguration of a monument built for the 50th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.
He was highly honored with an invitation to write music for the Hungarian National Day’s fireworks in 2008 and 2009. With over 3 million viewers, it was an unforgettable moment in his professional life.
He next turned to television as a conductor and a music producer, working on shows such as
League Of Stars and
Csinaljuk a fesztivalt a popular new TV program that features the biggest Hungarian hits of the last 50 years.
He collaborated with friends Gabor Erdelyi and Attila Arpa to make the short film
The Meldrum house, which won best film at the 2012 American International Film festival and the 2013 FEBIO International Film Festival.
He wrote several video game scores for the IOS and Android applications. He is currently collaborating with Beegang and the Kaplan International Company.
Imre is heavily inspired by folk music from different diverse cultures which have influenced his symphonic compositions. He is a collector of folk instruments from all over the world and features them frequently in his music…
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