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10th July, 2014

Leading Gypsy violinist dies at 89

Kossuth Prize winning first violinist Lajos Boross died in hospital Tuesday night, the president of the 100-member Gypsy Orchestra announced on Wednesday.

Boross, a featured performer in famous cafes and restaurants of Budapest in the 1960s, was honorary chief first violinist for life of the orchestra.

He was asked to be the leading violinist of the State Folk Ensemble, formed in 1950, a request supported by composer Zoltan Kodaly.

In 1972 Boross met Yehudi Menuhin, who asked to play Brahmsís Fifth Hungarian Dance together with him. Later Menuhin praised Boross' musicianship in a book. (MH p.14; Nsz p.6; inforadio.hu; mandiner.hu)
10th July, 2014

Footballer Gera returns to FTC

Midfielder Zoltan Gera has returned from England after playing for Fulham and West Bromwich Albion over the past ten years, and signed a contract with Ferencvaros (FTC), the Budapest club announced on Wednesday.

The 35-year-old player with 77 international caps, could play in the Europa League as early as next week against Rijeka of Croatia if FTC overcome Sliema Wanderers of Malta in their second-leg encounter tonight. (index.hu; MH p.16; Nsz p.14; KR; TV)

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