Formed in 1973, this trio from Hungary and Romania, have reached a wider audience due to the increasing interest shown in European and world music during the late 80s. The group won first prize in 1974 in a folk-jazz competition in Gyor, Hungary. They were subsequently afforded the accolade Young Master Of Folk Art in 1976. Then, in 1978, they won the Lászl Lajtha Award at Szombathely, Hungary. They appeared in Britain in 1988, while undertaking their first major UK and Irish tour. All multi-instrumentalists, Csaba Szijjártó (b. Budapest, Hungary), Zoltán Kátai, and Károly Horváth (b. Romania) have recorded a number of albums, each combining music from their own backgrounds as well as from other Eastern European countries. Instrumentation is supplemented by recorders, ocarina and pan pipes. All three members have spent time in various orchestras and choirs and music conservatories. Mákvirág have since played the UK again on a number of occasions, largely at festivals.