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Péter Geszti - ÁSZ, Rapülők, Jazz + Az, A GRUND - All his successes were achieved as a team!

Péter Geszti started out as a performer, producer and advertising professional as a child actor.

He started his career as a child actor. He has appeared in various films, including the third instalment of the Gingerbread Family cartoon series, Vacation with the Gingerbread Family, in which he played the voice of Aladar, and the little Gosling in the cartoon Goosey Goosey. His father, Péter Geszti, who worked as an editor for radio and television, brought him into the world of acting, the first of which he says was a fill-in role for an absent child actor. For two years he played in Jan Druce's play "What is most sacred" at the Pesti Theatre, directed by István Horvai. He has also dubbed and played small and large roles in TV and cinema films (Lunch, The Weeping Monkey, The Shortest Curve Between Two Points).

After graduating from the Arany János High School, he completed his higher education at the Hungarian History Department of the ELTE Teacher Training College, where he graduated in 1989. While still in college, he wrote lyrics for the popular First Floor band. After the band broke up, he worked as an occasional reporter, presenter and scriptwriter. He wrote lyrics for Nóra Görbe, Lord, Those Boys and Manhattan. He began his television career as the director of the Hungarian Television production of MITIŐK, Rockstúdió and the youth talent show Asz (1988-1995), which brought him national recognition, and then went on to a successful musical career as a member of the bands Rapülők and Jazz+Az. (It was at this time that he was given the ironic self-description "small-time lyricist", which he has not used since 2005.)

In 1989, he became an advertising copywriter for Akció Reklámagentur, and later worked as a creative director for several well-known Hungarian and foreign companies, including Westel 900, RTL KLUB, and especially Postabank, headed by Gábor Princz. Geszti and his company were behind the intensive "Sensational Four" advertising campaign, an integral part of the early nineties atmosphere.

Between 1993-1995 he was also the presenter of the Hungarian television show Megáll az ész (The Mind Stops), and then he turned to music again. In 1992, he took the stage name MC Gesztenye and founded the group Rapülők together with Gábor Berkes (T-boy) and Gábor Szentmihályi (Michel de Lux). The band enjoyed success after success throughout its existence, but finally decided to split up in 1994. He then co-wrote the musical The Jungle Book with writer Pál Békés and composer László Dés. In 1996, the Pesti Theatre staged a highly successful production of this work. The songs of the performance were recorded on a gold record, and the play was performed in almost every Hungarian theatre in and beyond the borders. In 1996, together with László Dés, he wrote songs for the comedy A miniszter félrelép (C'est la vie, Puszinyuszi), produced by Andy Vajna.

In 1997, together with László Dés, Orsolya Kozma, Eszter Váczi and Dorottya Behumi, he founded Jazz+Az, a group that created the hits of the Hungarian films The Minister Steps aside, which was released that year, and Pirates, which was screened in 1999. Geszti wrote the lyrics and László Dés contributed as a composer. The band's first successful album was followed by another album entitled Egynek jó, after which the band disbanded. In 1999, he co-founded and produced the @®© billboard exhibition with Gábor Bakos and Barna Fatér, which has been a highlight of Budapest's cultural life ever since. In 2001, he hosted the Hungarian-developed quiz show Gesztiméter, broadcast on the TV2 commercial channel. The same year he married actress Dorka Gryllus, with whom he lived until 2005.

In 2002 he played a key role in the SZDSZ election campaign. He was responsible for the "Lop-STOP" billboard campaign and many provocative posters, which attracted attention with their strong visuals.

In 2005 he wrote the Hungarian lyrics for the song "Hungary". The original song is called Alegría, composed by René Dupéré. The song was sung by Ibolya Oláh, 2nd runner-up in the first series of Megasztár, on the top of the Lánchíd in Budapest on 20 August. In 2007, he dreamed up the National Riding Festival, a grand equestrian event on Heroes' Square, which has been held annually since 2008. He founded the National Ride together with Dr. István Tamás, and after three successful years, they had to sell the business in 2010 for political reasons. 2008 was a year of change in his family life: he married Edith Ditz, who gave birth to his daughter Sára Lujza in 2009. In 2011, Péter Geszti's second daughter, Róza Lenke, was born.

In 2006, he held 2 sold-out Arena concerts with Rapülők, and released a special album of the same title, featuring new arrangements of Rapülők songs by the original songwriters themselves.

In 2009, he co-founded and co-founded the Media Union, which runs large-scale social campaigns every year. He is still a board member of this non-profit organisation.

In 2010, he set up a joint advertising agency OKEGO with Carnation Group, where he served as creative director until 2016.

Kati Wolf's song "Szerelem, miért múlsz?", written by Hungarian contestant Kati Wolf at the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest, has been completed and the English and Hungarian version of "What About My Dreams?" has been performed, which came 22nd at the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2011, he formed a new band called Gringo Sztár, which performed for the first time on 15 July 2011 at the Coke Club in Siofok. The two singers are Zita Gereben and Orsolya Sapszon. Geszti explained the choice of the band's name by the fact that it evokes the name of Ringo Starr, the former drummer of the Beatles, a band he admires, and that it also refers to his "return" to the music world (the word gringo means white-skinned immigrant in Spanish-Portuguese). The band plays a kind of "cosmopuritan" pop music, a mixture of reggae, jazz, pop, rap, electronic music, ska and Balkan folk music.

On 8 August 2011, on the 1st day of the Sziget Festival, Geszti gave a two and a half hour concert entitled Gesztivál. Geszti's previous bands, Rapülők, Jazz+Az and Gringo Sztár, performed on the Main Stage.

In 2012 he worked with Magdolna Rúzsa on the singer's album Eleven, and was the inventor and creative producer of the highly successful Magdaléna Rúzsa evening at the Pesti Theatre, for which he also wrote the lyrics (Gábriel, A szem, a mouth, a hand, Mad world magyar translation)

In 2013, he performed with his Gringo Star band at the March of Life event, where he played a cover of Sting's highly acclaimed song A Hungarian in Europe.

In 2016, he launched a new musical project called GESZTI. He presented the music for the album Létvágy at live concerts throughout the year, the first of which was at the Akvárium Club in Budapest on 4 March. From then on, he performed independently under the name GESZTI, with new singers Rita Ambrus and Enikő Kiss.

Reflecting a different musical world from the previous bands, the sound is a classic featuring album, with Péter Geszti asking a different singer to contribute to each song. The voices of Gabi Tóth, Kati Wolf, Rita Ambrus, Zita Gereben, Iza Széles, Eszter Váczi, Gergő Oláh, Kowalsky, Gergő Rácz are not only heard on the album, they all performed at the album launch show in March.

In addition to Péter Erdélyi, many new co-writers joined in the writing of the songs, Gergő Rácz, Krisztián Burai, Viktor Rakonczai, Dani Puskás, Begi Lotfi, Tamás Kálmán, Marci Vödrös and Csonti also wrote songs for the album, which alternated pop, rap and electro elements.

The intro song of the new music debuted in the summer of 2015 with the song Van még (There's More), a collaboration with Gabi Tóth, and in December the public could also hear the hit Ma ne, ma ne as an extra production of Hungary's Got Talent on RTL Klub.In 2016 he appeared as a songwriter for another musical, A Pál utcai fiúk. The Pál Street Boys, a musical based on the youth novel of the same name by Ferenc Molnár, written by László Dés, Péter Geszti and Krisztián Grecsó, premiered on 5 November 2016 at the Vígszínház, directed by László Marton, where it has been performed with uninterrupted success ever since, and has also been presented in several theatres in the countryside. One of the songs of the play, "We are grund!", became a national hit and later became a constant accompaniment to various civic rallies.

On 24 and 25 February 2017, they gave a highly successful Rapülők concert at the Papp László Sport Arena, followed by a final compilation album entitled "Beszt Of Rapülők". In 2017 he founded a new communication agency GRUND together with his wife Edith Ditz. The company's activities later expanded into a film production company, producing commercials, documentaries and feature films as co-producers the two founders were involved. This is how they made the film BÚÉK (2018), The Liquid Gold (2019) and Hello, My Life (2022).

On 17 January 2020 they gave a concert at the Papp László Sport Arena with the returning Jazz+Az ensemble, and after the covid epidemic, in 2021 they performed at the VeszprémFest and the Tokaj Festival.

He was a judge in the first four seasons of the Hungarian-produced X-Faktor TV talent show, also on RTL KLub, which started in 2010. In the first season she judged "Girls", in the second season she judged "Teams", in the third category "Boys" and in the fourth category "Over 25". Winning mentor in the third and fourth seasons. In the fifth season he was the mentor assistant to Little G Weevil.

Since 2020 he has been giving concerts all over the country under the title Best of Geszti, in summer he regularly performs at the Margaret Island Open Air Stage, in winter he gave sold-out concerts under the title Star Spreading at the Congress Centre, and in 2022 he performed under the title GESZTI FUNKY at the ZamJam festival in Zamárdi.

From Christmas 2022, he launched a 10-part podcast on YouTube called Geszti+. His bi-weekly show with Sándor Friderikusz offered life coaching and self-awareness advice, with the help of psychologists and well-known personalities on the Friderikusz channel

In April 2023, Geszti launched another concert-evening with Eszter Váczi, entitled VABADABA. The show, which included vintage songs and rearranged, softened versions of his own earlier songs, was presented at the Belvárosi Theatre and then played regularly.

On August 11, 2023, the world musical "A Thousand and One Nights" with lyrics by Péter Geszti, co-written by István Tasnádi (lyrics) and András Monori (composer), was presented at the Szeged Open Air Festival.

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