A Presser-song was first performed by Verebes’ small theater company, they were 17 and dreamed about having their own theatre. That song was written to a poem by Frigyes Karinthy, which did not become too famous, unlike its composer.

Few years later Presser showed a few songs on the Omega group’s piano at Eötvös Club, with the curious band behind him listening in. Later Omega made the songwriter with glasses member of the band. Between 1968 and ’71 he was the main composer and organist of three classic Omega LPs: Trombitás Frédi és a rettenetes emberek, 10000 lépés, Éjszakai országút.

In 1971 the first Hungarian supergroup, Locomotiv GT band was born, whose adventurous story is told by several government censored as well as self-censored publications. The most exciting three chapters of the 1985 book És ilyen a Boksz? were not even allowed to be published. Those chapters were written on the Cuban, the Romanian, and the Soviet tours… And anyways, besides the band’s famous “everybody does it differently” approach, the band is also known for its entertaining “everybody remembers it differently” characteristic. (See the movie Volt 1×1 zenekar). The details to remember are too many and too many folded and the passing of time does not help either. But most important is: the songs persist.

Our composer created songs, albums, series of albums, radio plays, ballets and a handful of lyrics as part of, with, or alongside LGT.

The assignment to compose his first “official” play (from the novel Képzelt riport egy amerikai popfesztiválról by Déry Tibor) was given by Vígszínház in 1972. Since then he composed several musicals, musical plays, and therefor has “sold” nearly two million theatre tickets. A few titles: Képzelt riport egy amerikai popfesztiválról (1973), Harmincéves vagyok (1975), Jó estét nyár, jó estét szerelem (1977), A sanda bohóc (1981), A próba (ballet, Állami Operaház Erkel Színháza, 1982), A padlás (1988), Szent István körút 14. (1998), Túl a Maszat-hegyen (Budapest Bábszínház, 2005), Magyar Carmen (2007) and again Túl a Maszat-hegyen (Pesti Színház, 2010). Since 1978 he is the musical director of Vígszínház, as well as the musical screenwriter of many plays.

In addition to theater directors, film directors have discovered him as well, he is the composer of more than thirty Hungarian and international film scores.

The Amadinda Percussion Group asked him to compose Drum Street Blues in 1989, which was staged the same year at Zeneakadémia. Since then they have been making music together on a regular basis, and their New Year’s Eve concert became tradition.

Presser was discovered by BMG Ariola in 1992, and in just two years they released the solo CD Csak dalok which has later became a platinum selling album. In 1995 he gave 9 concerts in the sold out Vígszínház, after which he didn’t give a concert again until 2001. But then he gave 50 of them. From the “orchestral” concert series Dalok régről és nemrégrőlDVD was released as well. In 1996 he recorded the CD Kis történetek, again with famous Hungarian and international artists. It also became a platinum seller. In November 2000 the Angyalok és emberek Presser CD was finished which became gold on the day of its release and became later on a platinum seller.

Meanwhile, in ’97 the 474 – Mozdonyopera album becomes a surprising success, and in the fall the Hungarian Television presents the over 2‑hour film Volt 1×1 zenekar, in two parts. The film presents the history of LGT, including interviews, testimonies, clips and concert excerpts.
In 1999, at the Budapest Farewell (Budapesti Búcsú), Locomotive GT is granted 70 minutes. Even past midnight, the audience of 200,000 applauds for them.
In April 2002, LGT releases a new (and last 😢) album – A fiúk a kocsmába mentek – and on June 1, two weeks after the tenth anniversary of the Báj-báj Loksi! concerts, the LGT Festival is held on Hajógyári island.
In 2007, on the zero day of the Sziget festival, the band plays again in front of tens of thousands of fans.
By February 15, 2013, Locomotiv GT announced a concert at the Budapest Arena, however, due to enormous demand, two additional concert dates as well as an open rehearsal had to be added. Six months after the sold out gigs, the four musicians played for the very last time on an outdoor stage in Alsóörs, where, evoking the atmosphere of past Tabán parties, over twenty thousand fans enjoyed the last 😢 concert of more than three hours, lying on the grass and / or dancing.

In 1998 BMG Ariola selected and edited an album of the composed works of Gábor Presser, titled A zeneszerző, which was followed by four more CDs released every other year. On the latest album of this series he is the author for both music and words.

His latest solo CD by BMG/Sony with the title t12enkettő, released in November 2006, contains 12 brand new songs.

In 2004 Presser staged a solo performance Dalok a színházból in Vígszínház Házi Színpad, where he played songs from the last nearly four decades, telling stories about theater, artists, directors, writers, and everything that makes theater.

In 2005, Presser celebrated his co-creator, Dusán, on his 60th birthday with a concert at the Palace of Arts; playing only songs with lyrics written by Dusán.

After many-many years in August 2008, finally Gábor Presser’s dream comes true: the Magyar Dal Napja (The day of the Hungarian Song). In front of several tens of thousands of people on the zero day of Sziget in a more than 7 hours long concert, representatives of different decades and styles of the Hungarian pop music performed their own songs, and songs of others. Since then, on every second Sunday of September, increasing number of locations, among them many small towns, give home to musical events so more and more people can enjoy this bottom up initiative.

On January 24, 2009 Gábor Presser gave a solo performance entitled 1koncert in the sold out Budapest Sportaréna. From this concert a CD had been released with the title: 1 óra az 1 koncert-ből.

In November 2009, and again in 2012, he gave a charity concert in the Synagogue of Dohány street benefiting the foundation Élet Menete. A DVD has been issued from first the concert as well.

In 2011 Lo©oVoX published Presser Gábor – Parti Nagy Lajos: Rutinglitang (Egy zenemasiniszta) CD/book, which includes 36 (!) newly composed songs by the composer as well as two adaptations (Pancsoló kislány, Gloomy Sunday). Presser dedicated many years to the poems of Lajos Parti Nagy, and selected texts for a 74‑minute CD from the volumes entitled Szódalovaglás, Esti kréta and Grafitnesz.

Gábor Presser was nominated for a Grammy in 2014 with a 45‑year-old song. Kanye West’s song New Slaves was a nominee in the category Best rap song, and within the last 90 seconds of this track, the rapper had used a segment of the 1969 single, Gyöngyhajú lány. Kanye West did not acquire the rights to the utilization of this song previous to release, therefor the authors have filed a lawsuit against the world-famous rapper. In 2017 the parties settled.

In January 2015 Lo©oVoX released a singlepiano “home-record”, – an 11‑song artistic footprint, by the title Szerenád helyett. The selection contains a new song, Amióta elszakadtál, written for the film Gondolj rám by András Kern. At release, the album topped the iTunes hitlist.

Rehearsal on Saturday, on Sunday the 1507th and Monday the 1508th (sold out) concert at the Budapest Aréna on 7th and 8th of October 2018. On stage over 70 artists, with even the concert date being suspicious – 7th on the 10th month… so the number 70 revealed itself. Despite him resisting a birthday concert. 😊

Gábor Presser started working on the novel A bűnös, by Péter Esterházy and the painter Miklós Szüts in December 2015. The one-man audio-drama was released in April 2020 via YouTube. All instruments audible on the recording are played by Gábor Presser.

Our composer created songs – sometimes lyrics as well – among others for Katona Klári, Zorán, Demjén Ferenc, Révész Sándor, Kentaur, Malek Andrea, Zalatnay Sarolta, Kaszás Attila, Kulka János, Kern András, Kovács Kati, Király Linda, Falusi Mariann, Oláh Ibolya and Rúzsa Magdi.

He was awarded with: Erkel Ferenc award (1977), Érdemes Művész (1990), Magyar Köztársasági Érdemrend tisztikeresztje (1994), Huszka Jenő award (1996), Artisjus award (1999), Kossuth award (2003), Prima Primissima award (2004), Pro Urbe Budapest award (2009), honorary citizen of Budapest XIII. district (2010), Radnóti award (2011), honorary citizen of Budapest Erzsébetváros (2019).
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