PÉTER ÉRI was born in 1953 in Budapest, Hungary. As a ten-year old
child he won the first prize of a dance competition with dancing the Lads's Dance of
Kalotaszeg, accompanied by his school-fellow Andras Schiff, the
world-famous pianist of today.
His step-father, Dr György Martin, the famous etnographer brought the child
Éri to his trips where he collected the Hungarian
traditional dances and instrumental music and consequentially
Éri as a child made his first connections with living musical and dance
traditions. When he was 14, he became the dancer of the Bartók Dance
Ensamble where he was an active dancer for six years. His interest in the
music was continuous, he became the bass-player of the first Hungarian
revival band, the Sebő Group. In this time the singer of this band
was Márta Sebestyén, as a young girl.
Meanwhile when the Muzsikás was established in 1973, Éri
became the guest-musican
of the band, from 1978 he became the full member.
in the Eötvös University of Budapest as an etnographer and philologist of Rumanian
language and literature.
He plays the viola, the three-thring "kontra", mandolin and differnet
kind of flutes.
Éri is married, he has a son and a doughter, both of them play music.
His wife is an artistic designer.