BIOGRAPHY

I was born in Pécs, Hungary. I started playing the guitar at the age of 14, during my secondary school years. When I was 15, I went to Tamás Katona, who is a fantastic blues guitarist also in Pécs, from whom I learned blues and rock guitar skills. My first bands were founded with classmates in the secondary school. My favorite rock guitarists were Michael Schenker, Eddie Van Halen and Yngwie J. Malmsteen.

My first studio recordings were made in 1991-1992, with my band named Gazfitz-Co. The songs were broadcasted in the Hungarian Radio Petőfi’s late-night blues program. At that time the Hungarian Metal Hammer magazine also published an excellent review of us.

In 1992 I met Tibor Kócziány, a virtuoso guitarist, who had just moved back to Pécs from Los Angeles. We played together for 2 years, mainly in duo formation, on acoustic guitar in Pécs's university and club life  We performed our own joint compositions and also Al Di Meola, Paco de Lucia, Accoustic Alchemy, Gipsy Kings songs. At this time I was influenced by the Latin and Spanish style, which later built into my own music.

In 1993 I became the member of the band called Zsűri, in Pécs. We performed on many university and college events and street festivals all over the country. We also played regularly - as their accompanying band - with famous Hungarian singers, such as Tamás Somló, Lajos D. Nagy, Tibor Bornai and Feco Balázs. One time we performed with Ferenc Demjén as well, it was fantastic to accompany him too. The LGT, Bikini, Kft, Korál, Charlie, ... songs allowed me to play the guitar solos on my own way, with improvisation. The Zsűri band made a CD album in 1996.

At this time, I got to be interested in jazz. My favorite jazz musicians were George Benson, Wes Montgomery, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Mezzoforte, Jaco Pastorius and Michael Brecker. In 1996 I started to study music theory from private teachers in Pécs, and I took jazz guitar lessons in Budapest. I still played in the same band, the guitar solos got a flavor of latin-jazz-rock.

In 1997 I moved to Budapest and played in several bands, among which Tisza Bea jazz singer’s band was outstanding.

After a few years of break in 2003 I restarted my carrier and established the Cornelio Tutu Band, with Ferenc Csomós drummer, Guszty Perger percussion player, Zoltán Oláh keyboard player and Péter Oláh bass guitarist. The Cornelio Tutu Band had numerous formations during its nearly 10 years of existence. We played on several Hungarian and international festivals, and our songs have been played by domestic radio stations for many years. Till now I consider this band and the two albums we made with this band as my main musical creation. Please you can find more details about the Cornelio Tutu Band under a separate menu on this site.

In 2005 and 2006 I became the endorser of the American guitar manufacturer company Washburn.  I was listed as an artist on the Washburn’s site. In both years, I performed with Washburn's jazz models at the Musicmesse, Frankfurt, Europe's largest musical-instrument fair.

The Cornelio Tutu Band was active until the end of 2012. In 2016, under my original name of Kornel Juhasz I recorded my new song ‘Sweet Rhythm’.