Zorán Sztevanovity (Serbian: Zoran Stevanović, Cyrillic: Зоран Стевановић), born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 4 March 1942) is a Hungarian pop guitarist, singer and composer of Serbian origin. He has two children, Zoltán and Sandra.
Life and career:
He moved to Hungary in 1948 with his parents who were on a diplomatic mission, after two years in Prague. In 1960, with his brother Dušan and their friends he founded an amateur band called Zenith, which changed its name to Metro in 1961, when they began to play in the Metró Klub, the club of the underground building company.
Zorán often took part in talent shows and pop festivals in the sixties with his band or solo and won in 1963 with a Gerschwin song. Enthused by success, he discontinued his studies at Budapest University of Technology (he read to be an electronic engineer) and became a professional musician. At this time Metro was one of the three most popular beat bands in Hungary with Illés and Omega, the so-called 'beat-trinity'. Metro published two albums and about 40 singles.
After the Metro's breaking up in 1972, Zorán began a solo career. He played bass in the band Taurus XT and spent some years abroad. He has worked with Gábor Presser, pianist-composer of the Locomotiv GT since 1976. His first solo album came out in 1977 and became one of the most successful albums published in Hungary ever. It contained his best-known song Apám hitte. This LP was soon followed by two more: these three albums are considered to form a single unit in his work and are mentioned as a 'trilogy'.
After his fourth album he received the Franz Liszt Prize given by the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in 1982. In the late eighties and early nineties he presented a program on Radio Calypso. He was the first in Hungary who made an unplugged concert in 1993 in the Budapest Sports Hall.
Emotional profusion, poetic composition and often a dry sense of humour feature in his songs, which are mostly composed by Gábor Presser and written by Dusán. But he has also sung songs by Leonard Cohen, Mark Knopfler, Chris Rea, Sting and others among his works.
He is married to actress Barbara Hegyi.
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