Musician bio

Edina Balczó is a UK based guitarist, composer, performer, and educator who was born in Hungary and lived there most of her life. She has resided in East London since 2008. Originally a self-taught guitarist who began playing at the age of 17, she later received private instruction from several well-known artists. In flamenco, she was taught by AndrasVarga, Francisco Antonio, and Ramon Ruiz. She learned music theory and improvisation from Adrien Miller and Jacob Quistgaard (who now hosts the very popular YouTube channel QuistJam). Edina has since developed her own original style, which is a mixture offlamenco, classical, percussion, and Spanish jazz.
She also hosts a popular YouTube channel, The Spanish guitar Hub, which has received millions of views and boasts tens of thousands of subscribers. Each week she uploads new guitar videos to this channel. Some of these are guitar lessons, some are solo guitar performances, and others are performances in collaboration with other musicians. In January 2009, she became a YouTube partner. Her popularity on YouTube resulted in an endorsement from GuitarPro, the software company that sells the GuitarPro tablature editor program. She is now listed among their international artists.
Her  guitar  duo,  De  fuego  is  well-known  on  the  UK  festival  circuit  and  performed  in  more than  10  festivals each  year  since  its  inception.   Some  of those  appearances  included  the Glastonbury  festival,the Vegfest,the Secret  Garden  party,  the  Shambala  festival,  the Sziget fesztival  (HU),  and  the  Meadows  in  the  Mountains  festival(BG).   They  have  also  played  in prestigious   events   such   as   the  Commonwealth   Nations   Ceremony   Awards   and   Music Mondays  for  Google  (where  Edina  also  performed  as  a  solo  guitarist).    They  often  tour internationally  visiting  France,  Germany,  Spain,  Hungary,  Italy,and  Bulgaria.    In  additiontheyhave released two albums to date; Bluebird(2012) and Davide(2015).  The latter CD is dedicated to Davide Lufrano Chaves, the first guitarist of the duo who passed away from Multiplex  Myeloma  blood  cancer.    His  playing  and  presence  had  a  profound  influence  on Edina’s life and her style of playing.  The Davidealbum  was  funded  by  a  successful Kickstarter  campaign  which  was  conducted  in  the  beginningof  2015.    Both  CDs  were reviewed in prominent world music magazines, including Songlines, Fatea, R2,and others.
In 2015, Edina joined two additional bands. One of them, the trio Femmes Fusion, plays flamenco, tango and pop fusion with a violinist and a singer. They primarily perform famous songs in a flamenco/rumba style and tour throughout the UK. She also performs in Desperado’s, a mariachi duo with a singer/guitarist covering traditional Mexican music.
Edina appeared and played her guitar in a documentary film, called A Technicolor Dream (2008, Eagle Vision); composed the entire music score for the short movie 8 Drops of Life (2011, I am film) with pianist G. Sarvary; appeared in a TV program called Guitar Star (2015, Sky Arts) which advertised the show using her guitar playing with another guitarist. She has also appeared in several advertisements for the Camino Spanish restaurant (2015), where she is currently the resident guitarist.
Edina appeared and played her guitar in a documentary film, called A Technicolor Dream (2008, Eagle Vision); composed the entire music score for the short movie 8 Drops of Life (2011, I am film) with pianist G. Sarvary; appeared in a TV program called Guitar Star (2015, Sky Arts) which advertised the show using her guitar playing with another guitarist. She has also appeared in several advertisements for the Camino Spanish restaurant (2015), where she is currently the resident guitarist.
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