Distinguished Scholar Award

Press Release: Dr. Jozsef Terek receives the prestigious Distinguished Scholar Award 2021

Dr. Jozsef Terek receives the prestigious Distinguished Scholar Award

European Journal of Scientific Research pays tribute to Dr. Jozsef Terek’s contribution to the field of Music through his article titled “HUNGARIAN FOLK SONG RESEARCH IN THE TÁPIÓ REGION”

Dr. Jozsef Terek

Jozsef Terek is an outstanding Hungarian performer, and a popular musician of the Hungarian folk art scene appearing both in ‘Kivansagkosar’ show on Duna TV and on Danko Rádio. His musical career started 29 years ago in his hometown, Tápioszele, but since then, he has performed on stages throughout Europe, America, Africa, Oceania and Asia, and also represented Hungary in 36 other countries performing at various world music festivals, theatres, universities, competitions for composers as well as professional conferences. He is also a multiple nominee of the UK Songwriting Contest and a multiple finalist of the International Songwriting competition representing his home country performing his own compositions. He is a contributing member in many folk dance groups, and a popular performer at several international festivals. For 5 years he was responsible for teaching Hungarian folk music at an international folk music and dance camp in Seattle, WA. He is a frequent guest with the ethnic Hungarians living in Western Canada.

Professor Adrian Marcus Steinberg, the Chair of the Independent ad hoc Scientific Award Committee, said:

"The Distinguished Scholar Award is a prestigious academic recognition that have been presented to a very limited number of scientists from around the world since 2004 regardless of which scientific journal they have chosen as an outlet for their research. Selection of candidates are based on their outstanding scholarly contribution to the scientific knowledge in their fields of scientific research with respect to a set of criteria, including the overall importance of the research question or problem and level of innovation in the topic, the effectiveness and novelty of the methodology and data employed, academic significance and usefulness of conclusions resulting from the research, adequacy of the critical review of relevant literature and the broad application of the findings."

His primary work takes us back to his homeland: Tapioszele, and 21 other settlements along River Tápio. He researches and collects folk songs and then, as a result, he converts them into CD and book formats as a way of preserving the cultural heritage of the region together with helping aspiring young folk singers and dancers. As a result of saving cultural values, there have been 24 CDs and a DVD-ROM released, and 11 books published since 2009, by which our values can be re-learnt, taught and mastered by anyone – and young people can bequeath these values to 3-4 generations to come. In publications and at folk concerts he plays the double bass.

His career as a soloist began in 2015 with the release of ‘Tarogato as a Hungaricum’ (publication and concert material). Paying great respect to the symbol of Hungarians as well as to the performers of tarogato (Turkish pipe), he launched a series of concerts titled ‘Tárogató Hungaricum’ aimed at showing the versatility of this musical instrument. One can listen to Rakoczi marches, the songs found in old Hungarian codices, verbunkos music, authentic folk music, Hungarian melodies, classical music, and popular pieces performed at these concerts. By incorporating his own pieces and renditions into the pieces, he has a unique musical program worthy of representing Hungary on the international scene.

In spring 2018, he and his band became the first Hungarian band to represent the country in the Philippines. In 2018 he gave the first hungarian tarogato concert in Hong Kong and Macau, in 2019 in Palestine and Tunisie and in 2020 in the Republic of Palau.

As the cultural specialist of Pest County Council, he currently conducts his research on the folk song and folk music values found in the 187 villages and towns of the county. By seeking out and visiting the last remaining local informants, and collecting their materials, the currently still existing locally and regionally spread folk songs will be preserved. To complement all these with the previously completed research works, we could get a complete view of the folk song values in Pest County from the beginning of the 20th century till today. Following the footsteps of Bela Bartok and Zoltan Kodaly, Jozsef Terek carries out the preparation of the summary of the above works in electronic and printed formats; additionally, he fully identifies and opens up the folk song values of the county, and reintroduces the local folk song values at the municipal level to incorporate them into the local educational curricula.

He began to write his own PhD doctoral thesis on the values of the folk songs and folk music in the Tápió region with the help of his thesis advisor, Mr. Elek Bartha Dr., Vice Rector for Education of the University of Debrecen. Jozsef Terek will be finished the Doctoral School in 2021. His most important research area: folksongs in Pest County, history of the tarogato, international contacts with the hungarian culture.