Tcha Limberger – multi-instrumentalist.. and virtuoso on most of them.
Since picking up his first instrument the guitar, composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist Tcha Limberger is one of a handful of world class musicians to have become accepted and respected in a style of music culturally not their own. His showcasing on the international stage of his Transylvanian Kalotaszeg Trio and Budapest Gypsy Orchestra, and his nurturing approach to teaching almost forgotten traditional musics has made him one of the most prominent and ‘important figures in folk music of the Carpathian Basin’. For this he has received unparalleled praise worldwide from professionals and public alike. Critics remarking on his achievements have claimed he is ’entirely made of music’, ‘The Polymath king of Gypsy music’, whilst musician colleagues refer to him as ‘the fifth element’.
Limberger was Born into a renowned Belgian family of Manouche musicians. His father is the much-revered singer and guitarist Vivi Limberger and grandfather, the legendary Piotto Limberger. He grew up in the world of Gypsy swing style of Django Reinhardt and over the years has collaborated with all of its leading performers. His eclectic musical tastes, interests and passions were formed from early childhood with his first solo concerts singing Flamenco whilst accompanying himself on guitar at aged just eight. He has an ongoing fascination and love for traditional music from the world over, for a long while leading a band of Belgian musicians playing music from Aimara, and the Quechua Indians of Bolivia. He studied modern classical composition alongside Belgian composer Dick Vanderharst with his compositional debut for a dance piece by Les ballets C de la B called ‘Patchagonia’ directed by Lisi Estaras. Three current projects include ‘I Silenti’, a collaboration with Fabrizzio Cassol, his much-celebrated all-string swing band Les Violons de Bruxelles, and most recent, The Viper Club celebrating the musical style of Stuff Smith.
Tcha Limberger studied the music of Kalotaszeg with his mentor the legendary Neti Sandor, and the Magyar Nota style of Budapest with celebrated primas Horvat Bela. Both have contributed to his recognition as one of the most important figures in the music of the Carpathian Basin and an exceptional and enthusiastic teacher sought after worldwide for his masterclasses and interactive workshops.
Though his performances with the Budapest Orchestra has earned him much notoriety, receiving from The Sunday Times the accolade ‘The Polymath virtuoso Tcha Limberger is the king of Gypsy music!’ his two most recent projects, Les Violons de Bruxelles and The Viper Club with France’s star trumpeter Jerome Etcheberry are keeping Limberger at the forefront of the European stage.