On her concerts she plays classical pieces on the violin, jazz
standards, world famous movie soundtracks and evergreens.
She was born in Budapest, Hungary, and comes from a
classical music family. Her first teacher was her father Ferenc
Illényi (1935-2007), who played in the Hungarian State Opera
House. He decided to bring up all his children to become
musicians. Her mother was a special education teacher but
played the piano very well. The four Illényi siblings Katica,
Ferenc, Anikó and Csaba started to play on instruments at
the age of three.
"My dad played in the Opera Orchestra.. He used to take us
to the Opera when we were young. We loved sitting in his
place in the orchestra pit in the intervals. If there were free
seats, we used to watch the performance from the front row.
From there we could see the orchestra as well."