GUITAR prodigy Andreas Varady, who lives in Farranshone, has been invited to perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival by top American record producer Quincy Jones.
The 14-year-old, who hails from Slovakia but has lived with his family in Limerick for the past five years, has been invited to perform by Jones - who produced Michael Jackson’s Thriller and has been nominated for a whopping 79 Grammy Awards - at the Swiss festival in July. The festival is one of Europe’s most prestigious and the second largest music festival in the world.
Varady will perform as part of Quincy Jones’ Global Gumbo Project at the Miles Davis Hall in Montreux alongside Bobby McFerrin, Chick Corea, Alfredo Rodriguez and others.
The diminutive guitar player has established himself as a popular character in local jazz circles - largely through gigs with the Speakeasy Jazz crew and Limerick Jazz Workshop - over the past few years.
Speaking to the Limerick Leader in an interview last year, he said his “first guitar was a normal, small - crappy - guitar! I played with one finger, but it was really fun. I got my first electric guitar when I came to Ireland”.
A walking jazz encyclopedia despite his tender years, Varady has performed regularly in the past with top jazz drummer David Lyttle and numbers his favourite musicians as Louis Stewart, George Benson, Martin Taylor, John Coltrane and Miles Davis.
“I like all kinds of music, but jazz is my favourite. Music is my main interest - well I like lots of different things, but I like music best,” he explained with a smile.