VIC FIRTH ARTIST
In his home country of Hungary, Gergo Borlai has appeared on more than a 100 albums, received two lifetime achievement awards and two "gold record awards," as well as the Golden Drumstick Prize and the Artisjus Lifetime Achievement Award. Gergo has become one of the most exciting up-and-coming drumset artists and has grown in popularity with his breathtaking solos on YouTube as well as with several recent performances at drum festivals across the globe.
Gergo started playing the drums at the age of 3 when he heard Harvey Mason and Joe Morello playing Hancock’s Chameleon and Brubeck’s Take Five.
He was accepted into a music school at the age of six performing these songs but mostly they were impressed by his improvisation skills. In his childhood he was devoted all his time to music. The works of Weather Report, Frank Zappa, Miles Davis, Allan Holdsworth, John Scofield and John McLaughlin inspired him the most. (bio continued below)
Gergo's Vic Firth Stick of Choice:
Performance Spotlight: Part 1
Performance Spotlight: Part 2
MONTREAL DRUMFEST 2012
At the age of 12, Gergo decided to continue learning on his own. In this time he reached a level of expertise and he took the chance to start playing in the Hungarian musical elite, a tendency that is still strong in his career. Mostly Billy Cobham, Vinnie Colaiuta, Dennis Chambers and Terry Bozzio influenced his play style. Until now he has performed on over 130 albums* of various styles. He has contributed to several albums as an arranger and music director.
Gergo played in concerts with Gary Willis, Scott Kinsey, Steve Tavaglione, Walt Fowler, Bob Mintzer, Hiram Bullock, L. Shankar, Vernon Reid, Iain Ballamy, Al DiMeola, Nguyen Lee, Hadrien Feraud.
He has three solo-albums:
„17” (BMG, 1998),
1997 - Honour for Life-work
Hungary, Romania, France, Slovakia, Chez Republic, Belgium, Finland, England, Germany, Austria, Poland, Ukraine, Italy, Serbia, Croatia, Netherland, USA, Japan, Israel