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:

American Classic® 5A
Tear drop tip for rich cymbal sounds. Light and fast for jazz orchestral and pit work.
L = 16" | Dia. = .565"
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Bio, continued:

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),
Sausage (Tom Tom Records,2004)
M.M.M. (Author's Edition, 2010)

Prizes include:

1997 - Honour for Life-work
1999 - Black Box (Drummer of the Year)
2001 - Golden Drumstick (Honour of Hungarian State)
2001 - Gold Album (Drummer)
2003 - Golden Arrow (Drummer of the Year)
2003 - Gold Album (Producer)
2004 - Honour of surpassingly activities in the Hungarian contemporary music art
2008 - International Meinl Cymbals Endorser
2009 - Rudolf Lábán Award for BL Performance
2009 - Contemporary Theatre Price BL Performance (Best Drummer)
2010 - International Vic Firth Endorser


Hungary, Romania, France, Slovakia, Chez Republic, Belgium, Finland, England, Germany, Austria, Poland, Ukraine, Italy, Serbia, Croatia, Netherland, USA, Japan, Israel