Barnabás Rácz (luthier)

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Barnabás Rácz
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Born (1966-06-06) June 6, 1966 (age 55)
NationalityHungarian
CitizenshipHungary
OccupationLuthier
Double bass restorer
Years active1992-Present
OrganizationBARNABASS
FamilyAdorjan (son)
Rachel (daughter)
Awards
  • Ten Outstanding Young People Hungary
  • Hungarian Silver Cross of Merit
Websitebarnabass.hu

Barnabás Rácz (6, June, 1966) luthier and double bass restorer.[1][2][3][4]

Early life

He comes from a musician family. His grandfather was violinist, his father was double bassist, double bass teacher and luthier. His attention and interest in music began to appear very early in his childhood, especially his attention to strings.

Studies

His masters were Péter Temesvári and Tibor Semmelweis. In András Menich’s workshop he studied sound vibration. During traveling years, 1988-1991, after a period of study and young assistant work, he worked in excellent and unique instrument making workshops in Germany, in the Netherlands and in France.

Barnabass Workshop

When he returned home in 1992, he established his own workshop, now known worldwide as Barnabass.[5][6][7]

In 1996 he obtained a master's degree in the workshop of Pál Sáránszki. In 1999, he was awarded the first prize Ten Outstanding Young People Hungary[8] for his work on reviving the Hungarian bass making and restoration.

Recent decades, with the help of his students, he has developed an internationally recognized restoration technique: the Barnabass method, which is known from Austria to Norway, from the United States to Osaka.

In 2010, for the thirtieth anniversary of his professional career, he had a solo exhibition at the Palace of Arts, in Budapest. In 2012 he was awarded the Hungarian Silver Cross of Merit[9], and opened his Atelier in Berlin. In 2013 the Budapest Chamber of Commerce and Industry declared him the Silver Wreath Master.

In 2018 he was commissioned by the Hungarian State Opera to produce four double basses.[10] He regarded that this gesture was one of the high points of his career. Order from contemporary master had not had for more than a hundred years.

In 2019, Placido Domingo honored him with his double bass order as part of the Virtuoso program in Hungary.[11]

He is exhibitor and performer at numerous international classical and jazz music festivals and cultural programs.[12]

Family tradition

The family tradition is inherited from his son, Adorjan, who is also an luthier, besides his musical pursuits, and his daughter, Rachel[13], who develops the profile of the Barnabass Workshop, besides her author and creative producer profession.

Honors, awards

1996 Master's Degree

1999 Ten Outstanding Young People Hungary[14]

2012 Hungarian Silver Cross of Merit[15]

2013 Budapest Chamber of Commerce Silver Wreath

External Links

References

  1. "LUTIER IN BUDAPEST". TalkBass.com. Retrieved 2020-02-24.
  2. "Baranabas was responsible for the beautiful restoration of the H. Amati II". TalkBass.com. Retrieved 2020-02-24.
  3. "Arts in craft: Barnabás Rácz – double bass". www.mupa.hu. Retrieved 2020-02-24.
  4. "Barnabass workshop of master Barnabás Rácz". Gellert Basses. Retrieved 2020-02-24.
  5. "Barnabass". www.barnabass.hu. Retrieved 2020-02-23.
  6. "Double Bass Archive". double-basses. Retrieved 2020-02-24.
  7. "Arts in craft: Barnabás Rácz – double bass". www.mupa.hu. Retrieved 2020-02-24.
  8. "A Domingo-bőgő párja Gödöllőre került". Gödöllői Szolgálat (in magyar). 2020-01-22. Retrieved 2020-02-23.
  9. "Március 15-én tisztelet a bátraknak!". marcius15.kormany.hu. Retrieved 2020-02-23.
  10. "A Domingo-bőgő párja Gödöllőre került". Gödöllői Szolgálat (in magyar). 2020-01-22. Retrieved 2020-02-23.
  11. "A kormány mellett nemzetközi sztárok is támogatják a tehetségeket". HEOL (in magyar). Retrieved 2020-02-23.
  12. "A Domingo-bőgő párja Gödöllőre került". Gödöllői Szolgálat (in magyar). 2020-01-22. Retrieved 2020-02-23.
  13. "About me". Rácz Ráchel (in magyar). Retrieved 2020-02-23.
  14. "A Domingo-bőgő párja Gödöllőre került". Gödöllői Szolgálat (in magyar). 2020-01-22. Retrieved 2020-02-23.
  15. "Kitüntetések a nemzeti ünnep alkalmából". Fidelio.hu (in magyar). Retrieved 2020-02-23.

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