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Viktor Haraszti

Saxophonist and composer Viktor Haraszti (1972) was born in Hungary and lives in the Netherlands. He is also a multi- instrumentalist, producer and sound engineer. At the age of seven Viktor started playing the piano and at the age of eleven he chose the clarinet. In 1990 he obtained his diploma for clarinet at the Béla Bartók Conservatory in Budapest. Jazz influenced his musical life in the late 1980s, after he attended a Fats Domino concert in Budapest. In these turbulent 80s of the last century, Viktor also became passionate about Rock & Roll. This inspired him to focus on saxophone. Through Rhythm & Blues and playing with various local bands, he also became more and more interested in jazz, especially when he came into contact with the music of Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and John Coltrane, among others, which he discovered while working in the music library. A leap forward in time: in 2005 Viktor graduated cum laude for saxophone at the Utrecht Conservatory in The Nederlands. His travels and work with musicians from Africa, Portugal and Brazil led him to rediscover his Hungarian musical roots. As a result, he has developed musically into a musician and composer with a multicultural creative interest and focus.

In the latest years, Viktor created ViOmusic, his creative platform, and record label. In 2018, as a musician bandleader of ViO, he released four singles (EP) that were internationally well-recognized as an innovative project. The EP was recorded live in virtual reality, ViO 360° LIVE, was a collaboration with renowned Dutch musicians, Remco van der Sluis (Jan Akkerman band) - drums, Taco Nieuwenhuizen - bass, Edgar van Asselt (Jorge Vistel) - Keys. The project acclaimed 3rd place on the 7 Virtual Jazz Club Contest's social media round and received good international reviews.

Currently, Viktor is busy releasing his first studio album, "Equanimity: A Futuristic Jazz Tale'' is a solo project under the label ViO. The music expresses duality (chaos/surviving) in disordered times using electronic and futuristic style, deep melodies combined with sonic elements, and progressive fusion of rhythms. The album holds performances with renowned American drummer Dave King ( The Bad Plus), Lisa Marie Simmons, vocalist/lyricist, and more. Release date 12.12.2021.


7 Virtual Jazz Club Contest, Web Community Prize 3th place, ViO - "Haiku" by Viktor Haraszti


Album Review

Viktor Haraszti: Equanimity: A Futuristic Jazz Tale

Read "Equanimity: A Futuristic Jazz Tale" reviewed by Chris May

Equanimity: A Futuristic Jazz Tale is the debut album from Viktor Haraszti, a Hungarian-born, Dutch-based tenor saxophonist and composer. It is a solo project, recorded in isolation in 2021, on which Haraszti also plays clarinet, EWI, flute and keyboards. Bad Plus drummer Dave King helps out on one track, drummer Marshall Curtly on another three, and poet Lisa Marie Simmons adds spoken word to a further two. As the title suggests, the music is a suite. It ...

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Jazz-Fusion meets 360º virtual reality

Jazz-Fusion meets 360º virtual reality

Source: All About Jazz

Originally conceived back in 2016, the ViO 360º Sessions are the brainchild of Hungarian-born, Holland-based saxophonist Viktor Haraszti and are based on the idea of extending original music through the use of virtual reality. Musically speaking, the project is a mixture of jazz, fusion & groove originals—influenced by the likes of Michael Brecker and Joshua Redman—and features Remco van der Sluis (drums), Taco Nieuwenhuisen Segaar (bass) and Edgar van Asselt (keyboards) alongside Viktor. But the goal is to match the ...

''Not just unique, not just immersive, Haraszti’s ongoing musical exploration will be fascinating to witness... '' Debbie Burke Jazz Author

"The electro-acoustic character of the album looks very organic...Complicated and interesting - just like in life! '' by Leonid Auskern (Jazz Square, Russia)

"Equanimity" has something autobiographical and transmits peace, so necessary in this demanding and apparently chaotic world.'' (La Habitación del Jazz)

''Haraszti as an explorer of a planet from the Sun Ra universe, remembering the words of Wayne Shorter who once said that jazz can be described as 'I dare you'.''- Georges Tonla Briquet ( Jazzhalo-be.)

Party at One World Plaza ” is a memorable, well-executed, and engineered album...

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Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


With over more than 16 years’ experience in teaching all of the saxophones and the clarinet, Viktor is a capable and relaxed teacher. He has plenty of experience teaching in the following areas: Jazz, Pop, and all-around saxophone Classical and Jazz, clarinet play'n on the EWI ( electric wind instrument) World music Music theory Conservatoire audition preparation All ages and ability levels Workshops/masterclasses Lessons in person or online Viktor is available as a tutor for one-off or regular lessons either: at his home in Utrecht, The Netherlands online via Zoom, FaceTime, Skype at your home ( depends on the current circumstances ) Fees 10-minute consultation over the phone, Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime: Free 30 minutes (usually for younger students): €30 or 4 lessons for €100 45 minutes (good for adult beginners or intermediate students): €40 or 4 lessons for €145 60 minutes: €45 or 4 lessons for €165

Pharoah Sanders
saxophone, tenor
Wayne Shorter
Michael Brecker
saxophone, tenor
John Coltrane
Miles Davis
Jan Garbarek
saxophone, tenor
Pat Metheny



Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

ViO 360° LIVE



Chapter Five

From: Equanimity: A Futuristic Jazz...
By Viktor Haraszti


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