Tcha Limberger

Tcha Limberger was born in a ‘Manouche’ family with a long-standing musical tradition (his grandfather was the legendary Piotto Limberger). Both his father Vivi, singer and guitar player, and his Flemish mother raised him to understand and appreciate their respective cultures.

As a child, Tcha was determined to become a flamenco singer. At age twelve, he started playing the clarinet, joining the family orchestra ‘The Piotto’s’. Meanwhile, he studied the flamenco guitar, but because of a lack of good teachers, he switched to Django-style guitar playing, learning from masters such as Fapy Lafertin and Koen De Cauter. At that time, he worked with ‘Het Muziek Lod’, where he met Dick Vanderharst, who introduced him to contemporary classical music and modern jazz. Tcha’s good friend and colleague, Herman Schamp, exposed him even more deeply to classical music and composing.

When Tcha was seventeen, he started studying the violin, inspired by stories on his grand-father and recordings of Toki Horvath. By the time he was twenty-one, he left Belgium for Budapest, where he took classical and tzigane classes from Horvath Bela.

Back in Belgium, Tcha was asked to work with Fabrizzio Cassol and Alain Platel (Les Ballets C de la B) in the productions ‘Vespers’ and ‘Pitié’. With ‘Les Ballets’ Tcha made his debute as a composer in ‘Patchagonia’.

Some years ago, Tcha was able to realize an old dream: founding an outstanding traditional Magyar Nota band. He has also formed the Kalotaszeg trio, playing folk music from Kalotaszeg Transsylvania. Recently, Tcha has started the quintet ‘Les Violons de Bruxelles’, gathering young talented jazz violinists.

 

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Tcha Limberger and Robin Nolan, Djangofest North West 2012.