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Miklós Both

Miklós Both

Hungarian composer, musician
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Gender male
Birth June 3, 1981 (Budapest)
Miklós Both
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Miklós Both (born 3 June 1981, Budapest, Hungary) is a composer, performer, singer for the band Napra, guitarist, and vitar violin player. He has won the Fonogram and Budai awards. His ethno-rock and world music songs in his bands are inspired by the style of Jimi Hendrix, Béla Bartók, and Transylvanian folk and Romani music. He is also a collector of folk music. His film database has recordings from Ukraine, China, Russia, Transylvania, Iran, India and others. In 2015, he was chosen by Öröm a Zene! as musician of the year.


Both attended Pázmány Péter Catholic University, majoring in aesthetics and also studied communications. He independently learned to play the guitar. Inspired by the Galloping Coroners and Kárpát Möbiusz, he formed his own band called Magura Napotvet. In 2004, he founded the day after the band Barbaro assistance. The Day published in 2007 Alas, the world's debut album, produced by Ben Mandelson was Fonogram won awards.

Miklós Both with Napra in 2008

In 2009, at the 100th anniversary celebration of Miklós Radnóti's birth by Dániel Gryllus, Both was commissioned to create music for a reading of the poet's works by the series editor of Helicon Audio album. The album was recorded at the Budapest International Book Festival and received the Buda Award.

Both at the Napra concert in Pilisszentiván in 2009.

In 2011, he became the head of Cafés & Citizenry, an international project for Roma integration. The project is funded by the European Union, whose members are Romanian, Italian and Hungarian musicians who hold workshops and concerts in several countries.

At the World Music Expo (WOMEX) in Copenhagen in 2011, Both was part of Hungary's opening ceremony along with four other musicians, who later in 2012 founded the Both Miklós Folkside project. The band members are cymbalist Miklós Lukács, Balázs Szokolay Dongó with brass instruments, András Dés with percussion, and Csaba Novák on the bass. Their first album, Csillagfészek, was released in 2013.

In February 2014, he traveled to the Yunnan region of China to study the local music for four months and recorded an album. The disc is lifted by the inspired songs beyond the purely aesthetic considerations and a higher overall arc of thought appears. During the time he spent in China, Both met with dozens of musicians and reworked and recorded many of their songs. The album also has performers of contemporary music scene. Both and photos of a diary-documentary disc were released in October 2014, was presented at the Millenáris Theatre Café in Budapest with great success.

In 2014, he prepared an alternative talent search show on MTVA Palima Story. A small crew traveled through Hungary searching for musicians. Through the series, they explore and actually succeed to showcase the unseen talents that are in the country. Both and musicians whom he has found appear on an eponymous album released in the summer of 2014.

From late 2014 to early 2015, Both searched war-ravaged parts of northeastern Ukraine in villages for vocal talent. Filmmakers documented the journey, and the planned album will be presented on film.

In 2016, Both was a judge on A Dal, the Hungarian national selection for Hungary in the Eurovision Song Contest. He will reprise this role in the 2017 edition.

In 2016, he was a guest of honor at the Ördögkatlan Festival, along with Dorottya Udvaros and Péter Gerzson Kovács. The festival has its own courtyard in three central Ukrainian villages.


  • Tisztelgés az Illés zenekar előtt – Amikor én még kissrác voltam, 2005.
  • Barbaro – Barbaro III, 2006.
  • Jaj, a világ!, Napra 2007.
  • Both Miklós – Radnóti, Hangzó Helikon 2009.
  • Rendhagyó Prímástalálkozó, 2010.
  • Cseh Tamás emléklemez – Eszembe jutottál, 2010.
  • Holdvilágos, Napra 2010.
  • Naiv, Napra 2012 (EP)
  • Csillagfészek, Both Miklós Folkside 2013.
  • Both Miklós és a Palimo Story, Fonó Records, 2014.
  • Kínai utazólemez, Gryllus, 2014.


  • Fonogram award (2008, 2011)
  • Budai award (2009)
  • Az év zenésze (2015)

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