Biography

The cimbalom virtuoso, soloist in the Hungarian Opera and Broadcasting Company, Viktória Herencsár was born in Budapest and began studying the cimbalom (hammered dulcimer) at the age of three and half. A pupil of Ida Tarjáni Tóth, she graduated with honours from the Ferenc Liszt National Conservatory of Music in Budapest in 1974. This fervent ambassador of the Hungarian hammered dulcimer appears in concerts of classical, and popular music throughout the world, both as a soloist and with large symphony and chamber orchestras (Berliner Symphonies, Hessischer Rundfunk, Spain National Symphony, Barcelona Symphony, Dresdner Philharmonics, Radio-Symphony of Stockholm, Kempens Symphony, Würtzburger Philharmonic, Philharmonic of Stuttgart, RAI Symphony, Singaporean Chinese Orchestra, etc.) In addition, she gives lectures on the history, the repertory and the teaching of the cimbalom, and was appointed president of the first Cimbalom World Congress of the hammered dulcimer (Hungary, 1991.). She took part also as a soloist of Hungary in the many Folk-festivals over the world. She was invited in the jury of many festivals and competitions.

She was the cimbalom professor in the „Szent István király” Music school and Conservatory of Music in Budapest (Hungary) from 1993 till 1997. She is the professor (lecturer) at the Music Department of the Academy of Culture in Banska Bystrica (Slovakia) from 1997, and the guest professor at the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing (China) from 2005. She teaches cimbalom by the different International Music Camps (Balassagyarmat / Hungary – from 1994, Abaújszántó/Hungary – in 2005 etc.). She is the president of the Cimbalom World Association from 1991. More television and broadcasting companies made with her recording. Many composers dedicated compositions to her. In 2004 she graduated as culture and adult education manager at the Faculty of Adult education and Human resources Development of the University of Pécs.
She got Art Doctor (ArtD) degree in 2011 and docent (Doc.) degree in 2012 by the Academy of Art in Banska Bystrica.