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A new, incomparable and unique instrument in the world


Concert pianist Szilvia Kárászy is the one and only qualified performer, authentic exponent and owner of the Hungarian Carillon, unique throughout the world.

The particular innovation that this carillon introduces, a special electrodynamic percussion mechanism, enables the performer to play the ‘bell instrument’ by means of a digital piano, as if it were a keyboard instrument.

The carillon can be played independently, or with orchestras, wind, percussion or other instrumental ensembles, choirs, yet with its own inbuilt all-round sound and a digital piano connected through MIDI, and other sound modules, it provides a special, unusual and complete musical experience, even as a solo instrument.

The carillon’s repertoire stretches from folk music through classical and jazz, pop and rock, to spectacular variety of shows, and as an instrument is a genuine novelty.

Technical Description

The instrument is portable. It can be transported equipped and set up anywhere, including concert halls, theatre auditoriums, exhibition halls, museums, churches, public squares, parks and open-air stages.

The bells are resonated by an especial electrodynamic percussion mechanism, controlled and played real-time by the performer just like a piano by means of the keyboard of a digital piano or synthesizer with a MIDI connection.
This high-speed acoustic concert carillon, which peals dynamically, with perfectly tuned bells of real bronze, has a range of 18 chromatic bells.

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Constructed, installed automated Carillon


A This installable version of the Hungarian Carillon can be constructed and used out of doors and indoors in sufficiently large venues.
It withstands even the harshest weather conditions, so it can be used practically anywhere, even outdoors, for instance in building facades, or church towers.
Produced with an irrespective stand, it can adorn towns, villages, public squares, parks, cultural centres, tourist centres, luxury hotels, shopping mall entrances, banks, office blocks, gardens, and you can even gladden your family and guests with it in your own home.

It should be noted that the automatic carillon displays all the characteristics and possibilities of the portable concert carillon!
This means that a digital piano, synthesizer or even an electronic organ can easily be connected to a fixed carillon, for instance one constructed in a town square. This makes it possible to hold festive and cultural events, open-air music, live concerts, and not least special carillon concerts, which can all transform the location of the carillon into a unique, important centre of the community and tourism.

The carillon can signal the time, and the periodically sounding bell music gives delight to the town residents and raises the location's touristic value.

S Z I L V I A    K Á R Á S Z Y

pianist, composer

After completing the Franz Liszt Music Academy Szilvia Kárászy won a scholarship to the Master class at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg, where she graduated in 1990.
She lived and worked for several years in Freiburg, then Vienna and later Morocco, giving concerts all over the world.

She was first asked to record in a studio (Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition) in 1989, while still a student, in Germany. She started composing in 1991.
She is the founder and director of the first Fazioli piano festival, which from 2001 to 2005 was part of the official programme of the Budapest Spring Festival.

In 2001 she founded the Golden Bell prize, which is awarded to disabled people and artists. Her film Hungarian Music in Piano Teaching 1900-2000 was awarded a UNESCO prize. The film has been broadcasted several times on Hungarian TV channels MTV and Duna TV.

In 2003 she founded the Hungarian Piano Academy, which nurtures the talent of gifted young classical musicians.

In 2009 she opened a concert salon for all arts, the Kárászy Salon. She was awarded the Gundel Art Prize in 2010 for creating the salon.

In 2011 she was nominated for the Prima Primissima prize.

She is the only performer on the Hungarian Carillon, whose latest development she presented to the public in August 2013.

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